I never shopped at T.J. Maxx until last year. I was scrolling through Instagram one day and someone posted makeup they found at T.J. Maxx. Everything was from big brands such as Sephora, Kat Von D, and Too Faced, however, the price was different.
I’m going to share my shopping tips, show you what I found in one trip, and share the things I’ve bought previously. Let’s start with my tips for shopping at T.J. Maxx.
1. Always look at Instagram before driving to the store
I always look at #tjmaxxfinds to see what everyone else is finding. Chances are what they found could be in stock at your closest store.
2. Follow beauty Instagrammers and bloggers
Similar to number one, people who post beauty steals will let you know as soon as possible so you can hopefully find it too. One person I follow is @dalimakeup on Instagram. She posts several T.J. Maxx beauty steals such as the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palette she recently found for $19.99.
3. Take your time in the store
Sometimes the thing you want is hidden behind something bulky. You have to move things around to find hidden treasures. Just don’t make a mess.
4. Use your phone to look up products for information
I once saw a Mac Amber Times Nine eyeshadow palette, but after looking up the swatches I chose not to buy it. Besides swatches, I can also find out if a product is cruelty free, reviews, and original prices.
5. Ask yourself if you need it or want it
Personally I’m trying not to buy things that I know I’m only going to use once. Before buying anything, take a moment to reflect whether or not the product is worth your hard earned cash.
6. Come back every few days
Several months ago someone posted Kat Von D blushes they found, but I couldn’t find any in the store. I went back a few days later and the store had plenty.
7. Call the store and ask
If traveling to the store is an issue, call the store and ask if they have what you are looking for. One employee told me a customer called her and asked if the store had any Anastasia contour cream kits. She looked in the store and told the customer that the kits were in stock.
8. Scroll through T.J. Maxx’s website
I don’t do this often, but there’s interesting stuff online. For example, a couple weeks ago, the Tarte Tartiest Pro eyeshadow palette was $10 cheaper than the original price. Sadly it is no longer on the website.
After looking at what I found in one day, you’ll see why you need to start shopping at T.J. Maxx. The prices are the best, there’s a variety of stuff, and it’s fun like a beauty treasure hunt.
The makeup section is not small. Because T.J. Maxx gets new items everyday, it is good to check back. I usually stop by when I see a good find on Instagram under the #tjmaxxfinds tag. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
T.J. Maxx has several makeup brushes. I’ve seen some from Sephora and Real Techniques before. This picture shows dupes of the expensive Artis brushes. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
I found a Smashbox blush palette. It was the only one left. Pretty palettes like this sell fast. (Kristin Guglietti)
In the past year, I’ve seen so many Anastasia contour cream kits in the color deep. They sell for $40 at Sephora and $19.99 at T.J. Maxx. It’s a decent deal.(Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
Sigma has a brush cleaning pad for $25. Why spend $25 when you can spend $5.99 for this one at T.J. Maxx? I bought this and it’s great for cleaning big brushes. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
Besides makeup products, there are also products for hair. One time I bought a Nume curling wand for about $20. The same wand is $69 at Ulta, so I saved myself $49. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
My one friend likes Bed Head’s shampoo because it is good for colored hair. Bed Head’s Colour Goddess shampoo on the right is $12.99 at T.J. Maxx for 25.36 fl. oz. Meanwhile Ulta sells a 13.5 fl. oz. bottle for $14.99. The one at T.J. Maxx gets you an extra 11.86 fl. oz. and saves you a couple dollars. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
E.l.f. makeup is already affordable, but the cheapest prices are at T.J. Maxx. This eye set is $2.99. The same set is $5 at Ulta. There were lots of different e.l.f. sets when I took the photo. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
Always check out the clearance section. I found a buxom foundation in the shade almond the nude for $8. It’s selling for $34 at Ulta. Sadly it’s not my shade. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
Buxom foundation in the shade almond the nude is $8 in the clearance section. It sells for $34 at Ulta, so you save $26 at T.J. Maxx. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
After browsing the makeup section, I like to look at the shoes. These cute Steve Madden sandals are $29.99. Steve Madden sells a similar pair for $59.95 (search “Donddi” on their site). It’s half off the original price at T.J. Maxx. I’m just upset that they don’t have my size. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
I love to look at the snack aisle. They have the most interesting treats. Pictured here are gummy worms, buttercream pecans, and Ghiardelli dark chocolate. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
This Garnier makeup removing cleanser sits flat on this beautiful blue table. Besides makeup, you can find skin care, furniture, dog toys, clothes, etc. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
The middle of the store is mostly clothes. I haven’t bought any clothes from T.J. Maxx only because I don’t spend a lot of time in the clothing section. The Hollister dress in the picture is $9.99. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
You can tell the employees take time to make sections of the store look appealing. I like how the section shows a range of orange colors. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
There are lots of BH Cosmetics contour and blush palettes at T.J. Maxx. This one is $9.99. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti
Below are things I’ve bought previously at T.J. Maxx. I also have a pair of boots and a curling iron. So far I’m happy with what I’ve purchased.
One of the first makeup items I bought at T.J. Maxx was Kat Von D’s true romance eyeshadow trio in dreamer. I bought it for $7.99 and it was originally sold for $24. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)
This is all the makeup-related items I’ve bought at T.J. Maxx. My favorite item I found is the Kat Von D Innerstellar eyeshadow palette. I bought it for $19.99 and it originally was $46. (Photo by Kristin Guglietti)