Makeup – how many companies are there really?

Not many. Really not many. Here are some lists of who owns what. I’m intentionally omitting some of the other brands that are just nail polish like Essie (L’Oreal), or hair products, etc.


Lancome, L’Oreal, Shu Uemera, Urban Decay, It, Maybelline, NYX, The Body Shop

Estee Lauder

Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Mac, Smashbox, Tom Ford, Too Faced


Bare Minerals, Buxom, Integrate, MACquilAGE, NARS


Calvin Klein, Cover Girl, Rimmel

Revlon (owned by Elizabeth Arden?)

Almay, Revlon

This is hardly a complete list. I got tired after an hour of arduous research at the feet of Google search (wink). Feel free to add in comments to this.



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