From Instagram beauty hacks to TikTok movements, social sub-cultures have amplified an era of self-expression and social betterment.
Customers are now demanding that brands do more to help them express individuality and create change, with 86% of Gen Z planning on purchasing sustainable beauty products (PowerReviews, 2021). Brands are responding, creating new conscious products and socially immersive experiences, designed to forge new relationships and build moments of long-lasting participation.
SK-II launches a ‘social retail’ pop-up in Hainan, China, inspired by its purpose #ChangeDesitiny and ‘VS’, its six-part anthology series. Customers can use the WeChat mini programme to watch ‘VS’ films and engage with augmented reality experiences, such as battling an underwater kaiju with Olympian Liu Xiang. Mini Magic Scan areas also allow customers to analyse their skin, understanding their skin strengths, potential and to unlock personalised recommendations.
Zara has announced the launch of Zara Beauty. The collection includes clean formula products for eyes, lips, face, and nails in over 130 colours and in refillable packaging. The collection will be available online and in-store, with shopping experiences including virtual ‘try-on’ and dedicated beauty zones in certain stores.
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