Estee Lauder downgraded by Piper Jaffray


A sales assistant arranges lipsticks at an Estee Lauder store.

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Estee Lauder was downgraded from overweight to neutral by Piper Jaffray, who says teenagers are wearing less makeup and changing their shopping habits.

Cosmetic sales are soft due to a combination of beauty categories like skincare and hair care competing for customers, a shift to single-item, multi-use products and younger shoppers choosing minimal or no make up, analysts said.

The “VSCO girl” trend — which includes a more natural look that requires fewer beauty products — was the go-to look for teenagers heading back to school this year, analysts Erinn Murphy and Eric Johnson said in a…


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