I was curious about who owns who in the beauty brand world (and particularly interested in who is an independent brand – not owned by a big conglomerate), but I couldn’t find a definitive list. So, I thought I’d put one together myself. This information is based off of each brand’s website.
L’oreal USA may be the biggest brand of all. The L’oreal group includes the following brands, as well as a lot more. You can see all of their brands on their website.
- Giorgio Armani Beauty
- Yves Saint Laurent Beauté
- Shu Uemura
- Urban Decay
- La Roche-Posay
- L’Oréal Paris (this is the drugstore L’oreal)
- Maybelline New York
- The Body Shop
LVMH is another huge conglomerate. They own the following brands, and you can see more on their website.
- Sephora (Note that this includes Marc Jacobs beauty, Ardency Inn, Kat von D, Hello Kitty, & Charlotte Ronsen. Sephora used to own Tarina Tarantino but no longer does.)
- Make Up For Ever
And the third really big one is Estee Lauder, who owns the following brands (again, more here).
- Estee Lauder
- Bobbi Brown
- La Mer
- Jo Malone
- Tom Ford
Shiseido is also a huge company. Their US brands include the following, but they also have several Asia-exclusive brands – you can see all of them here.
- Bare Esentuals / Buxom
- Cle de Peau
Proctor & Gamble is HUGE. They have a ton of brands, but only a few beauty brands: P&G own:
- Dolce & Gabbana Beauty
And the final big one is Coty. All brands are listed here, and they include
- New York Color (aka NYC)
- Sally Hansen
- CK One Color
It’s worth noting that Asia also has several big beauty companies that have smaller sub-brands. However, I’m less familiar with those companies, so I won’t discuss them here.
Now we are getting to slightly smaller companies, though still owning several brands.
- Wet n Wild
- Black Radiance
- Physician’s Formula
- The Color Workshop
I thought Revlon was giant, but seems to only own the following:
- Revlon (of course)
- Sinful Colors
American International Industries owns a lot of smaller brands (see them here), including:
- China Glaze
And finally, as far as I can tell, the following brands are independent – please note that this is difficult to verify, so I’m not completely sure this list is accurate.
- Gorgeous Cosmetics
- It Cosmetics
- Hourglass Cosmetics
- Too Faced
- Stila (which was previously an Estee Lauder brand, but was sold)
- Josie Maran
- Ellis Faas
Please let me know if any of this isn’t accurate! If there’s a brand you’re wondering about, please ask & I’ll try to track it down.