Top 10 Leading Cosmetics Startups in India

Damini Bhandary Damini Bhandary
Mar 27, 2022 6 min read
Top 10 Leading Cosmetics Startups in India

Human beings become more attractive when they have the perfect amount of self-esteem and confidence in themselves. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t want to look a little bit more attractive, and to enhance the natural buildup self-esteem in them; one of the objects that can do that is make-up or cosmetics. A little bit of make-up can do wonders and make a person feel confident and good about themselves, and a person who oozes out confidence is often favoured over others. Pampering your skin with skincare products and other makeup products is almost a daily necessity now.

The cosmetic industry is thriving throughout the world and is growing at a fast pace. The market size value of the industry as of 2019 is $380.2 billion and it is going to touch $453.5 billion by 2027. There are multiple brands that are ruling the world with their cosmetics products. India is nothing different in this matter, in fact, there are several cosmetics startups in India that are literally turning heads with the growth and development of their company in such a short time. In this article, we will talk about the popular Cosmetic startups in India that are slowly becoming favourites in the country. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

"You don't need to buy expensive cosmetics; almost anything will do if you know how to apply it." -Dolly Parton

Purplle
MyGlamm
Sugar Cosmetics
Nykaa
Elle18
Kay Beauty
Color Bar
Coloressence
Blue Heaven Cosmetics
Lotus Herbals

Purplle

Purplle Logo
Purplle Logo

The Cosmetic brand Purplle was founded in the year 2012 by Rahul Dash, Suyash Katyayani and Manish Taneja. The headquarters is situated in Mumbai, India. The brand supplies, various brands of cosmetics, skincare products, perfumes and hair care products. One can find different types of cosmetic products at a good price through this E-commerce platform.

Purplle is dealing with over 650 brands including Indian and International and in 2017 it has opened its first physical retail store in the city where its headquarters is situated. Apart from that, Purplle is trying to instigate people to try beauty products from their platform with the help of social media. Recently the company has acquired a major beauty brand Faces Canada. As per reports, the current revenue of Purplle is INR 750 Crores.

MyGlamm

MyGlamm Logo
MyGlamm Logo

MyGlamm is going hard with its marketing strategy; the cosmetic startup was founded in the year 2015 by Drapan Sanghvi and Priyanka Gill and the headquarters is situated in Mumbai, India. It is direct to consumer brand which apart from providing online beauty products also offers International salon and spa products as well. Different brands of skincare products, makeup and hair care products are available on this platform.

The startup has collaborated with the popular Indian fashion designer Manish Malhotra and has launched a bridal vanity kit where one can find the top 10 favourite products of Manish Malhotra that are used in bridal makeup.

Last year in November, after receiving $150 million of funding, the parent company of MyGlamm has added its name to the list of Unicorn of the country. Recently it has raised $47.14 million through funding and the current value of MyGlamm is $100 million.

Sugar Cosmetics

Sugar Cosmetics Logo
Sugar Cosmetics Logo

One of the most popular and trending brands in India right now is Sugar Cosmetics. It was founded in the year 2012 by Vineeta Singh and Kaushik Mukherjee and is the fastest growing cosmetics brand in the country. The headquarters of the company is situated in Mumbai, India.

At first, only two products, kohl pencil and black eyeliner were available; now from eyeliners to lipsticks one can get find anything in here. All the products are made to be fit for Indian skin. The brand supplies its products in more than 130 cities and has also expanded outside India as it has an outlet in Russia and has an online presence in the United States.

The current revenue of Sugar Cosmetics is INR 500 Crores and as per reports by the next 2 to 3 years, it will touch INR 2000 Crores.

Nykaa

Nykaa Logo
Nykaa Logo

Nykaa is probably the most used online platform to buy cosmetics in the country now. The company was founded in the year 2012 by Falguni Nayar. The platform is definitely a perfect place to get a wide range of beauty and wellness products, one can find over 2000 brands in this platform supplying over 200000 products.

The company has over 5 million active users monthly, it has over 70 stores across the country. It is focusing on opening over 180 stores by 2024. The headquarters of Nykaa is situated in Mumbai, India.

Nykaa has also launched an intimate wear brand called Nykd. The company has already added its name to the list of Unicorns and the current revenue of Nykaa is INR 2440 Crores.

Elle18

Elle18 Logo
Elle18 Logo

One of the most affordable brands of cosmetics, Elle18 is owned by Hindustan Unilever Limited and the brand was founded in the year 1998. The cosmetic products are full of bright colours that make them look lively and help in attracting the youth. Cosmetic products like Lipsticks and nail polish are quite famous for their affordability amongst the youth. Even the packaging of the products are quite modern and trendy, which makes it attractive

Kay Beauty

Kay Beauty Logo
Kay Beauty Logo

A beauty brand launched by one of India’s most loved Bollywood celebrities, Katrina Kaif. Kay Beauty has been able to make its presence felt since its very beginning. Kay Beauty was launched in the year 2019 and has a good range of makeup products to use for everyone. The brand has been able to provide some good products that are used daily such as lipsticks and blushes. Kay beauty collaborated with Nykaa during its launch and it was found in 50 stores and in the online platform of Nykaa.

Color Bar

Color Bar Logo
Color Bar Logo

Color Bar was launched with an intention of providing its customers homegrown cosmetic products that will be suited for Indian skin. Samir Modi launched the brand in 2004 after almost a decade that is 2013; the cosmetic company becomes an INR 100 Crore brand. The brand is targeting the age of 25 to 40, the best thing about this brand is that it is cruelty-free as well. It has now become the third-largest cosmetics company in India.

Coloressence

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Coloressesnce Logo

Coloressesnce is one of the fastest-growing cosmetics brands in India. The ingredients that are being used in the products of this brand are imported from Germany. It is quite affordable and the brand has a huge range of cosmetic products to choose from. The brand was founded by Saurabh Nanda in the year 2014.

Blue Heaven Cosmetics

Blue Heaven Cosmetics Logo
Blue Heaven Cosmetics Logo

The company is an Indian brand focusing on manufacturing cosmetic products in India. The cosmetics brand was established in 2002. All the makeup products are specially made keeping the Indian skin in mind. The brand is known for its affordable and cruelty-free products. The company was founded by Charanjit Singh and Gurnam Singh. The current revenue of the company is INR 100Crore to INR 500 Crore.

Lotus Herbals

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Lotus Herbals Logo

This Indian Cosmetics brand is manufacturing over 250 natural skincare, hair care and makeup products that mainly include Ayurvedic and organic ingredients. The brand was established in 1993 by Kamal Passi. The brand is famous for its huge range of skincare and makeup products that are cruelty-free and is against animal testing. In 2019, Lotus was even awarded as β€˜Luxury Brand of the Year’ 2019.

Conclusion

Cosmetic products that help us to enhance our natural features are used because of that, the cosmetics industry has experienced steady growth in India. With new startups exploring this market, it is just a matter of time before it becomes one of the prime industries that will dominate the startup ecosystem.

FAQs

What is the fastest-growing beauty company in India?

Color Bar is the fastest growing cosmetics brand in India.

Which is the No 1 cosmetic brand in India?

Lakme is the leading cosmetic brand in India.

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