The One Item I’ll Never Buy at T.J. Maxx
We’re diehard Maxxinistas—but that doesn’t mean we’re going to buy everything there.
T.J. Maxx is a shopper’s shop—it’s the store you go to if you appreciate the hunt, enjoy scoring huge deals, and are happy to drop by “just to look.” From home decor to clothing and accessories, the discount department store offers incredible deals on products that range from the practical (hello, sheets and socks) to the enjoyable (looking at you, Le Creuset bakeware and Frye boots). And while we can pretty much guarantee that we’ll never leave T.J. Maxx empty handed, there’s one category of products we probably won’t be buying there: makeup. Let us explain.
T.J. Maxx sells a range of makeup products made by lots of different brands, from drugstore to designer quality—something that’s understandably attractive to a lot of shoppers. And while none of the products should be expired or defective, they are likely the overstock inventory from distributors. And for makeup, that can mean the unpopular shades customers weren’t buying or products from holiday or limited collections that didn’t sell out but need to be off the shelves at mainstream department stores. If you’re a beauty product aficionado and are already familiar with the stock of products and know what formulas and shades you would wear, the discounts could be a huge score for you. But for those of us just browsing, the selection is usually limited, and you might convince yourself to buy an orange designer lipstick because the only other option was blue.
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Since T.J. Maxx doesn’t have a consistent inventory, they can’t operate like a typical beauty store and have one sample shade and then 10 sealed boxes of the product. So either you’re flying blind with a sealed (and sometimes security-locked) product until you get home, or you run the risk of picking up a product that other shoppers have decided to turn into a sample. No thank you. Makeup is personal and when we try something we don’t like, we’re probably not going to wear it again. So it’s important to know all of your options and try something out before you commit to purchasing it. You wouldn’t buy a shirt that you know you didn’t like in the dressing room.
So while it might be worth occasionally walking down the makeup aisle to see if any products already in your arsenal happen to be in stock (which again, isn’t that likely), we don’t think T.J. Maxx is the best option for discovering new makeup products or shades. (If you’re up for experimenting, CVS has got your back with their super accommodating return policy.) The wide selection of other beauty products T.J. Maxx sells are definitely worth trying: nail polish at almost half the cost of drugstore prices, shower and bath products, beauty tools, and more. All of those items—even if they’re from brands you aren’t familiar with—are pretty straightforward and could save you money on items you either regularly buy elsewhere or are interested in trying out.