Thursday, March 26, 2015
Revlon's Charles Revson accused Maybelline of monopolizing the Market
Tom Lyle Williams in front of the Villa Valentino with his 1940 Packard
From the Villa Valentino studio in Hollywood came Technicolor airbrushed photos of stars’ faces so flattering and popular that movie studio executives flocked to Tom Lyle to promote the movies their stars were appearing in. Fox girl, Betty Grable posed for Maybelline in what became one of the most effective ploys in advertising: before-and-after photos (and a favorite war-time pin-up girl), which Tom Lyle pioneered. Maybelline was also the first cosmetic company to create cosmetic displays in dime and drug stores across the nation. Maybelline became the largest eye beauty retailer in America, provoking Revlon’s Charles Revson to accuse them of monopolizing the market.