My Favorite Underutilized Stores For Makeup and Skincare
I have always had sensitive skin that breaks out pretty easily (even at my age), so I shy away from trying new products. Even high end skincare lines have caused my skin to break out. That being said, I am 41 and am starting to notice my age is showing more than I’d like. In my head, I’m 26 but my face is telling a different story.
Still, since even some of the pricy skincare brands have caused skin issues, I am hesitant to pay full price for a high-end brand. I know a lot of stores will let you return a product, but I’m lazy so I stick with my drugstore brands that work well for me. Lately, I’ve been a bit bored with my skincare routine so I’ve decided to shake things up.
My New Go-To Stores For Discount High-End Skincare Products
I’m admittedly cheap (or to put it nicely frugal) when it comes to spending money on myself. I shop online, I buy shoes at discount stores and I’m always on the hunt for deals on our family fun. I’m no different when it comes to skincare. Why should I spend $35 on a fancy face wash when I can get my Aveeno face wash at Target for under $8?
So, where do I buy my new, higher end skincare? Prepare to be surprised – I have been shopping Marshalls and TJ Maxx for skincare (and sometimes makeup). It started last year when I came across a Max Studio eye makeup palette for $3.99. I figured, what do I have to lose? It’s $4! I used every shadow in that palette until it ran out. This was the best $4 I’ve ever spent! I wouldn’t have been able to buy one shadow for $4, much less five.
Since the makeup was such a win, I’ve started exploring skincare products. There is a Marshalls right next to my pharmacy, which I visit a few times a month since my prescriptions aren’t fillable on the same day and there is a TJ Maxx next to a Trader Joe’s I shop regularly, so it isn’t too inconvenient for me to pop in and check out the skincare products.
So far, since I’ve started shopping for skincare at Marshalls and TJ Maxx, I have gotten a few great products and my skin has never looked better. I noticed the other day that my face is so much smoother and brighter recently. I think it is because of the face wash I’ve been using that has exfoliating beads in the product.
Since these types of stores basically carry overstock, you can’t go shopping looking for a specific product. For example, I use Clinique Moisture Surge, which I love. I have been looking for it for months and haven’t found it yet, even though I have found other Clinique products, including the Dark Spot Corrector (which really works).
While I haven’t found Clinique Moisture Surge, I have purchased Essie nail polish (I know, not skincare) for $3.99, a small bottle of Bliss face wash for $3.99 (I saw it at Khols for $8.99), a five pack of face masks for $3.99, a large Garnier Micellar Water face wash for $4.99, a clay face wash and mask for $5.99 and various high end brands of hand cream and body moisturizers.
The key to shopping for skincare at Marshalls, TJ Maxx or any other store is to be open to trying new brands or products. One of my favorite skincare products I’ve bought have been the clay face wash (a brand I’d never heard of) and the face masks. I would never have taken the chance on those brands full-price since I haven’t heard of them before but they’ve really made my skin look brighter.
Tips For Buying Skincare From Discount Store
If you’re thinking about trying out skincare products from stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, here are some tips for getting good high-end products at a discount.
- Be open to new brands. The more well-known brands are usually more expensive than the lesser known brands. If you want to save money, try some of the lesser known brands.
- If you have sensitive skin issues, don’t buy large sizes of unknown products unless you are OK with possibly losing money. Since I’m terrible about returning things, I usually don’t spend more than $6 on brands I’ve never heard of. For that matter, I don’t spend more than $6 on brands I’ve never tried.
- Don’t count discount retailers as your sole source for skincare. I love finding new brands, but since stock changes frequently, I can’t count on being able to get what I need when I need it, or even buying the same product again. I use my drugstore products and try out new products when I find something new.
- If you see something good, snatch it up right away (if you can afford to). I saw the Clinique Moisture Surge at TJ Maxx a while back but didn’t want to buy it at the time because I already had a mostly new jar at home. When I went back for it, it was gone and I haven’t seen it since.
- Inspect the product carefully before you make a purchase. I have been lucky that none of my purchases were damaged or expired, but I have bought toys from discount retailers that were missing pieces so I always check the expiration date and check to see if the package was opened.
Now, here’s my bonus tip – if you don’t normally shop at stores like Marshalls or TJ Maxx, don’t skip the clothing and shoe sections before heading to the skincare section. I have bought blouses that I bought at Nordstrom Rack from Marshalls for under $20. I buy all of my designer jeans (7 for All Mankind, Paige, Hudson, etc.) at Marshalls and have also gotten Kenneth Cole shoes, among other designer brands.
Do you have any shopping secrets?