06 February 2015
New beauty brand portfolio consists of premium makeup artist quality formulas for eyes, face and lips at accessible prices ranging from $8 to $150
DEERFIELD, IL and NEW YORK, FEB. 6, 2015 -- Walgreens and Maesa, in collaboration with Eva Mendes, today announced the launch of CIRCA, an exclusive line of professional color cosmetics that are easily accessible at Walgreens.  The assortment appeals to the varying needs of a multicultural market, with shades designed to work across the lightest and darkest of skin tones, through the use of high-performance formulations, rich pigments and innovative technologies offered at more affordable prices.  The nationwide launch supports Walgreens desire to increase accessibility to well-priced, diverse, specialty beauty offerings.
                                                                                   
A reflection of timeless beauty and classic elegance, CIRCA celebrates nostalgia and romance in its custom architectural packaging. With an extensive range of both trend-driven and timeless shades, CIRCA products have been designed to work across a variety of skin tones, making it a go-to brand for women of all ethnicities.
 
Eva Mendes is working with Walgreens and Maesa to help craft the marriage of classic Hollywood style and market-leading formulations, making CIRCA the only brand of its kind to be sold at Walgreens or any other drugstore retailer.

“I’ve been involved with the beauty industry for a long time and wanted to help create a cosmetic line that could reach a wide variety of women – when Maesa approached me, I knew that opportunity had arrived,” said Eva Mendes, creative director for CIRCA.  “As a Latin woman, it was important to me that we create a line of products that work for all women and is accessible without compromising quality.”
 
The product portfolio includes offerings across the eye, lip, and face categories, with 133 SKUs in total. CIRCA will launch in top-selling Walgreens beauty doors nationwide, as well as Walgreens.com and drugstore.com, starting in late February.
 
“Our customers are continually searching for quality products at an affordable price, and we’re thrilled to offer CIRCA as part of our ever-expanding portfolio,” said Shannon Curtin, group vice president, Walgreens personal care and beauty.  “This collaborative cosmetics line is bringing Walgreens shoppers the slice of luxury she’s looking for at a price point she values.
As a leader in creating and manufacturing exclusive beauty brands, Maesa is pioneering a new era of prestige products available at mass.  Renee Ryan, vice president of marketing at Maesa, says of the line, “Building Circa was incredibly rewarding, the ability to work with Eva Mendes along with our own team to build such amazing formulas and gorgeous packaging was a true privilege. I know that once people start using the products they will be amazed with the quality and become devoted to the brand.”
For more information on CIRCA, visit www.circabeauty.com.
 
About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), the nation's largest drugstore chain, constitutes the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice.  Walgreens operates 8,229 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com.  Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country.

About Maesa
Maesa creates and manufactures exclusive beauty products. By combining creativity, entrepreneurial vision and proprietary resources, Maesa designs, develops and manufactures private label and exclusive brands for retailers as well as packaging and turnkey products for beauty brands.  With expertise in branding and design, engineering, product development, manufacturing and logistics, Maesa specializes in fine fragrances, color cosmetics, personal care, home fragrance as well as primary and secondary packaging.  Founded in 1997, Maesa has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong and employs over 250 team members worldwide.
www.maesa.com