Less than 5% of the hundreds of brands and thousands of products we test make the cut. Our rigorous curation process ensures that your skin only gets the very best.
Our search begins in Korea. We scour the web, do consumer shop-alongs, and interview store directors, top dermatologists, esteemed estheticians, beauty labs and the brands themselves to find cult sensations with an obsessively loyal following. We repeat this intensive search every 4-6 weeks.
We’re not interested in products that get popular through marketing or celebrity endorsements alone. Instead, we look for items adored by real people. We roll up our sleeves and pore over reviews, study results and ask the right questions to make sure we understand exactly what inspires such devotion.
We examine every ingredient list for quality that doesn’t cut corners, and we always seek out gentle, natural formulations. If we don’t like what we see when we look under the hood, the item doesn’t make it to our showroom.
Of course a product should work—but beautiful textures, addictive scents and über-chic, innovative packaging help to wow us, too.
We think it’s important to know who’s behind a product, so we personally interview every brand’s executive and R&D teams to ensure that they’re committed to quality. In fact, we avoid brands that don’t have internal R&D capabilities, as we firmly believe beauty should be grounded in science.
Our staff and our founder personally test every product across metrics including packaging, texture, scent, user experience — and results! This process takes a minimum of 4-8 weeks. We take these products home and use them daily, to make sure that our initial analysis stands the test of time.
We assemble focus groups of various ethnicities, skin types and age ranges to test the products and ask exhaustive questions. Only items that receive at least 8 out of 10 stars across the board (and cause no adverse reactions) make it to the final round.