Though he and his younger sister/business partner Linda Tawil already own a nearly $100 million portfolio of luxury homes spread from Calabasas to the sandy shores of Malibu, there’s reportedly still lots more makeup profits to be invested. And so cosmetics baron Chris Tawil has paid another $13.3 million for an all-new mansion within the guarded gates of Hidden Hills, where he already owns a $12.5 million vacant lot bought from Dr. Dre.
Built in 2020 by a local developer, the estate was initially placed on the market with an $18.6 million ask. After languishing on the market for over a year, the price eventually plummeted to just under $16 million before Tawil finally cruised in with a lowball offer.
Described in the listing as an “English Regency estate” with “arguably the best view in Hidden Hills,” the gated mansion sits on a promontory overlooking the rolling, mostly undeveloped mountains that surround the Calabasas area. The home’s relatively unadorned limestone façade is paired with a pricey slate roof, and the two-acre lot’s landscaping is fairly simple, with some clipped boxwood hedges and young trees out front and a big grassy lawn out back.
Tawil, 45, co-founded cosmetics giant Morphe with his sister. Initially based in Burbank, Calif., the brand has grown from a small, local peddler of makeup brushes into an international label with stores across the country and hundreds of millions in annual revenue. In 2017, the Tawils reportedly sold a big chunk of the business to a San Francisco private equity group for hundreds of millions. Two years later, General Atlantic acquired a majority stake in the business, valuing Morphe at north of $2 billion.
Much of Morphe’s rapid growth can be attributed to its heavy presence on YouTube, and its lucrative makeup collaborations with controversial super-influencers like Jeffree Star, Jaclyn Hill and James Charles. Back in 2019, Morphe’s launch of the “Jeffree Star x Shane Dawson: Conspiracy” eyeshadow palette reportedly broke the sales record for a cosmetics release, generating over $50 million in revenue within just 30 minutes. And at one point, Morphe was so ubiquitous on YouTube and other social media platforms that fans asking for an influencer’s “Morphe discount code” became a running joke and meme in itself.
In addition to his new $13.3 million Hidden Hills home and that $12.5 million vacant lot a few doors away, Tawil still owns a $24 million oceanfront property in Malibu, plus his main residence — a $10 million mansion in the guard-gated Oaks of Calabasas.