A stick of lipstick, a nice shampoo, a lotion or two. Even though consumers are cutting back, the makers of cosmetics are still thriving. Until Oct. 1, the group had a double-digit share-price gain for the year. But during the week of Oct. 1 to 6, cosmetics got smeared: They lost 10 percent. Over three months (July 7 to Oct. 6), cosmetics gained 2 percent while the S&P 500 was down 16 percent. The best performers: Revlon, up 67 percent; Elizabeth Arden, up 19 percent; Chattem, up 13 percent; Stephan, up 8 percent.
Cosmetic companies vs. S&P 500, July 7 to Oct. 6, 2008
SOURCE: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - October 11, 2008