It is no secret that I love product. Expensive product to be exact. NARS, LORAC, Bliss, Shu Uemura, Redken all make my lips smile and my heart sing, but also make my wallet so sad. Thankfully, there’s a poorly kept secret to getting designer beauty on a dime.
I buy most of my health and beauty products at TJ Maxx. They have a huge selection of upmarket brands that I’ve always used like Shiseido and Rusk. I’ve saved thousands of dollars over the years buying these products at discount shops and have never noticed a discount in quality. My favorite product finds there are Shiseido (all of my skincare), Bliss (salicylic acid pads), and OPI (latest nail colors). I also buy a ton of The Body Shop. You can sometimes get the yummy body butters for half of the retail cost.
There are some concerns in the beauty community that TJ Maxx and other discounter are just participating in the grey market. That is, they are reselling products they procure in ways not originally approved by the manufacturer or authorized. There are legit concerns that gray market products are nearing or past expiration or have been diluted or compromised in some way.
Gray market abuse is definitely a major concern, and you should be on the lookout whenever you purchase any upmarket products. But thankfully, I’ve been buying beauty products at TJs for years and have had zero problems. I buy brands I trust and have previously used. I always make sure the packaging and any seals are completely intact. And my diligence is rewarded in the form of serious savings. I scored this Shiseido Ibuki cleanser for $10 less than retail at beauty counters. I also compare shop quickly at Sephora or Ulta to make sure I’m getting the absolute best price for my products. Sometimes a few coupons and an Ebates click to one of these makeup mavens will yield a better price and will ensure a new and often fully returnable product (yay for buy and try testing).