Allure’s Super Cool Beauty Tool

Hopeless with finding makeup and haircare products? Don’t know where to start?

Well before you commit to a BirchBox type system (which I have certain opinions about and will post about later), I’ve found a super cool tool from Allure called Beauty Product Finder that can help you find the right products for…you!

It’s still in beta–i.e. may still have some kinks here and there–but I’ve tested out a few scenarios for skincare, makeup, and haircare and am quite impressed with some of the recommendations.

Here’s how it works:

1. Give your skin type, hair issues, or makeup preferences.

2. Receive a customized list of products. Allure‘s editors have tested tens of thousands of beauty products to find out what really works—and put together the ultimate collection. We’ve even consulted with makeup artists, hairstylists, and dermatologists to recommend the right items for you.

3. Click on the product to read Allure‘s review, including what it does; key ingredients; what it looks, feels, and smells like; and why we like it.

4. Save your favorite products in a private list. Want to show off all your finds? Share the list with friends via email. You can even use it as a gift registry!

Start shopping. Whenever you encounter a “Buy It” button, a product is available for purchase on Simply click that button, and your item will be placed in a shopping bag. Not all items are currently available at Check out, and you’ll be given the option to try free samples—and your order will arrive before you know it (in two days or less).

And remember, this tool is by no means comprehensive or 100% accurate–obviously we all have very different skin, hair, and makeup needs/preferences. But it can at least give you some relevant suggestions that you can test/sample.

Take it for a spin and let me know what you think!