When E.l.f. Cosmetics went public in 2016 after a majority investment from TPG just two years earlier, it seemed like the sky was the limit for the millennial-minded beauty brand.
“E.l.f. has always been this brand that had the best of beauty, but made it accessible at these incredible price points,” E.l.f. Chairman and CEO Tarang Amin said on the Glossy Beauty Podcast.
The company had just reached about $100 million in yearly sales when TPG invested — in part by cracking how to sell $1 priced makeup online — and was growing 20% annually, according to Amin. But 2018 saw a slump in both the company’s sales and relevance online.
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