It was a profitable quarter for Revlon thanks to last fall’s acquisition of The Colomer Group.

The professional division, crediting CND Shellac nail polish, America Crew and Crème of Nature hair care, jumped 18.5% to $130.3 million, with profit of $31.9 million, up 76.2%. Revlon’s mass consumer business – namely Revlon, Almay and Sinful brands – decreased slightly to $339.5 million, from $340 million a year ago, with profits of $71.5 million, down 6.8%. Excluding currency fluctuations the division’s sales rose 2.8% on higher sales of Revlon ColorSilk hair color and a $6.3 million favorable returns adjustment as the company focused on fewer but bigger launches. Sinful Colors sales, however, slid.

“We will be evolutionary about this, not radical,” said CEO Lorenzo Delpani about the shift in launch philosophy. “This is the beginning. It will be one and half to two years to see the full deployment.” In support, Revlon has upped its advertising.

Total net sales rose 4.4% to $469.8 million, with profits up 9.1% to $103.4 million. Net income of $5.5 million compared positively to a $6.9 million loss a year ago. Diluted earnings per share of 11 cents beat analyst estimates. (Figures are pro forma reflecting Colomer’s 2013 sales.)

To streamline operations Revlon is compressing its organization from global, regional and local teams into just global and local operations. Also underway is the implementation of an SAP system “to create a strong and integrated global platform,” said Lorenzo.

Overall he characterized the quarter as “very strong” despite the weak market conditions in the U.S.