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The 16 Best Cosmetics Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (March 2021)

Looking for a new job in cosmetics? Check our list of the most female-friendly employers in the industry, as rated by the women who work there.

InHerSight's list of the best cosmetics companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Cosmetics companies on this list have 10 or more submissions as of March 1, 2021. Rate your company ›

The 16 best cosmetics companies to work for

1. Mary Kay Inc.

4.2 stars

Mary Kay Inc. is a cosmetics company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for management opportunities (4.5 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Mary Kay Inc.:

"I have met some of the nicest women in my life in Mary Kay. "

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2. Shiseido

3.9 stars

Shiseido is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Minato-ku, Tokyo area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.7 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Shiseido:

"I will be celebrating 4 years with this amazing company in August and I just had to take a few minutes to share how incredibly happy I am and how proud I am to work for Shiseido. …"

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3. Estée Lauder

3.6 stars

Estée Lauder is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Estée Lauder:

"ELC has been so good to me, and I truly could not ask for a better company to work for. I feel fully supported by my colleagues and my supervisors, and I know that any concerns th…"

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4. Avon

3.6 stars

Avon is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.9 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Avon:

"The Avon of today has so many great products and so many ways to succeed."

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5. Lush Cosmetics

3.5 stars

Lush Cosmetics is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Poole, United Kingdom area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and sense of belonging (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Lush Cosmetics:

"I'm fairly new to Lush, but benefits for part time employees is something I've never seen anywhere else. It's a fun environment with great incintives. "

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6. Too Faced Cosmetics

3.5 stars

Too Faced Cosmetics is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Irvine, CA area, that employs 201 to 500 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

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7. L'Oréal

3.4 stars

L'Oréal is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (3.9 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L'Oréal:

"L'Oreal has been increasingly more inclusive and open to new ways of working. There is focus on improving representation across multiple dimensions of diversity and on simplifyin…"

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8. Aveda

3.4 stars

Aveda is a cosmetics company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.1 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Aveda:

"Great company that recognizes women in leadership and growth opportunities!"

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9. L'Occitane en Provence

3.2 stars

L'Occitane en Provence is a cosmetics company headquartered in the 17503 area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L'Occitane en Provence:

"moving in a very positive direction. lots of growth opportunities."

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10. MAC Cosmetics

3.2 stars

MAC Cosmetics is a cosmetics company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for support for diversity (5.0 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for MAC Cosmetics:

"Free to be creative"

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11. Bare Escentuals

3.2 stars

Bare Escentuals is a cosmetics company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Bare Escentuals:

"I love my job and I love the company I’m with. My only issue is I’ve been there longer than any of my co workers( 2 years) and I have yet to become a manager. Other people who hav…"

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12. Benefit Cosmetics

2.9 stars

Benefit Cosmetics is a cosmetics company headquartered in the San Francisco, CA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and paid time off (3.7 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Benefit Cosmetics:

"Benefit Cosmetics is a wonderfully fun company to work for."

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13. Ideal Image

2.9 stars

Ideal Image is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Tampa, FL area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.4 stars).

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14. Revlon

2.6 stars

Revlon is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.3 stars) and paid time off (3.8 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Revlon:

"As part of the retail execution team, it is an on the road kind of job. So in terms of healthy food, it's kind of on you. In terms of management, it is a pretty great company. As …"

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15. Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men

2.0 stars

Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Troy, MI area, that employs 11 to 50 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.3 stars) and management opportunities (4.2 stars).

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16. Tata Harper Skincare

2.0 stars

Tata Harper Skincare is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Shoreham, VT area, that employs 51 to 200 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.9 stars) and management opportunities (3.5 stars).

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Companies with at least 10 submissions from current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of March 1, 2021.

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