Irish consumers have access to all the top international cosmetic brands and annual sales in 2011 were valued at €584 (based on retail value). Although the cosmetic manufacturing industry in Ireland is relatively small, some major cosmetic companies have very important manufacturing plants or research facilities located in Ireland.
The European cosmetic industry
Valued at €78.6 billion at retail sales price in 2018, the European cosmetics and personal care market is the largest in the world.
The largest national markets for cosmetics and personal care products within Europe are Germany (€13.8 billion), France (€11.4 billion), the UK (€10,9 billion), Italy (€10.1 billion) and Spain (€7 billion).