Welcome to The Review of Beauty (formerly known as The Unpublishable)!

What people are saying about this weekly(ish) newsletter:

  • “The woman the beauty industry fears.” - the Sunday Herald

  • “Yanking consumers out of the matrix made by the beauty industry.” - HuffPost

  • “Jessica DeFino is really good at her job.” - Emily Sundberg

  • “A fierce critic.” - the Financial Review 

  • “Innovative and Visionary … helping to shape culture while breaking new ground.” - Adweek 

  • “Acerbic.” - the Financial Times

  • “Terrifically smart.” - Slate

  • “Jessica DeFino is who you should be reading if you want to really understand the existential vertigo of the beauty industry right now.” - Catherine Lacey

  • “DeFino’s [work] is a reminder to question our relationship with beauty. Why do we do what we do? Is it being defined by society or driven by our authentic self?” - Dua Lipa

  • “Subscribe for witty, BS-free content.” - the Sunday Times

What is The Review of Beauty?

Hi! I’m Jessica DeFino, a former editor for the Kardashian-Jenner Official Apps (I’m sorry!) turned award-winning beauty journalist (the New York Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and more). This is The Review of Beauty: a weekly(ish) newsletter taking a critical look at beauty culture.

Because The Review of Beauty is reader-funded, I can skip the spon-con for cosmetic corporations and product-pushing affiliate links. Instead, I cover what traditional beauty publications don’t, won’t, or can’t — whether that’s to appease advertisers, preserve brand relationships, or cling to the conventional wisdom, outdated ideals, and marketing myths that keep consumers consuming. (Trust me, it all influences what information makes it to the mainstream.) Expect practical, political, philosophical explorations of beauty; don’t expect retinol recommendations.

The beauty industry reviews products. The Review of Beauty reviews the industry.

All of my reporting is free, but anyone interested in extra insight can become a paying subscriber.

Paying subscribers get:

  • The Don’t Buy List: a twice-monthly curation of beauty news, current events, and trend reports + my personal commentary

  • Access to the comment section and subscriber chats

  • The joy of supporting the culture-shifting work of The Beautywell Project and Slow Factory, where a portion of subscriber proceeds are donated each month

  • My endless gratitude for funding independent beauty reporting that isn’t beholden to brands, advertisers, algorithms, or affiliate sales

Paying subscribers say:

  • “This remains the best $5 I spend all month.”

  • "Your work has been better for me than any product I have ever purchased.”

  • “My therapist suggested your writing.”

  • “As a proud retired hot girl, this publication has done so much for me in terms of unlearning beauty bullshit and taking my time back. I have saved hundreds of dollars in products, maybe hundreds of hours of self-obsession, thanks to Jessica’s work. I truly cannot recommend reading this newsletter enough.”


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What the beauty industry won't tell you, from a reporter on a mission to reform it.


Jessica DeFino is an award-winning beauty reporter and critic (The New York Times, Vice, Vogue). She writes the Guardian's beauty advice column, Ask Ugly, and has been called "the woman the beauty industry fears" by the Sunday Herald.