If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know how much I love going to TK Maxx for makeup. As great as it is to buy something amazing on special offer, it’s even better to feel superior to someone who bought that item at full price. Shopping at TK Maxx can obviously be frustrating considering many products have already been opened and tested, including ones you were interested in.
You also have to watch out for items that have been resealed (nice try).
It’s still possible to find gems though, as long as you’re persistent and willing to dig through what might often be a pile of junk. TK Maxx at times has hard-to-find or discontinued products too, so the hunt can be extra satisfying. But if you can’t test out a product that hasn’t been opened or resealed, what do you do? You Google it on your phone to see if it’s something you want. If this isn’t an option, I’d avoid buying anything unless you’re familiar with it.
Covergirl Clump Crusher (€3.99)
I love this mascara. The brush is curved so you know it means business. I don’t even need to curl my eyelashes with this one, and the curl holds all day. It separates the lashes, curls them, and boosts them, what more could you want!? I completely understand the hype around this mascara now. It is a pity we can’t get Cover Girl too easily here, but always keep your eyes peeled for it in TK Maxx. With any luck, it will still be there next time I’m in so I can get a second one. I’m hard to please when it comes to mascara, and this is my new favourite one.
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion (€3.99)
This is such an easy mascara to use. The no-nonsense rubber brush doesn’t collect too much product, so any clumping would require a concerted effort on the user’s part. Another element that reduces the risk of clumping is that the formula is not too liquidy, but it is a little bit sticky so still needs time to dry. I prefer the Clump Crusher personally as this mascara doesn’t provide enough volume for my taste. It does make a great job of separating the lashes though and is a miracle product if you need to apply mascara in a rush. No flaking, either.
Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipstick in Debutante (€6.99)
I am obsessed with all things metallic so there was no way I wasn’t going to pick this up. This lipstick makes me want to own all lipsticks in this range. There were no other colours available and this isn’t one I’d normally go for, so it really has pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It doesn’t feel too sticky being applied, and it is very comfortable on the lips, no issues with dryness here. This isn’t the most pigmented product, but it is buildable and doesn’t streak. I don’t know that it’s the most long-wearing either, but that’s not a dealbreaker to me. Long-wearing lipsticks tend to be very drying, so I’d rather just reapply regularly.
Too Faced Bulletproof 24 hour Shadow Liner in Dirt Bag (€12.99)
Firstly, I absolutely love the name of this! You never hear too much about Too Faced eyeliners. This is an eyeshadow and eyeliner in one and I’ll be honest, I don’t like it too much as an eyeshadow. It has small glitter particles which aren’t too noticeable when used as an eyeliner, but as a shadow? The pigment fades so you’re left with a paler brown, glittery eyeshadow. I still regard it as a hit because I do love it as an eyeliner. It’s regarded as a ‘shimmer’ on the Too Faced website, but I’m not sure if it qualifies as being glittery enough for glitter fans. The pencil is thick so tightlining is a cinch. There’s 1.4g of product in it too, which is more than the average eyeliner.
Ciate Cooling Eyeshadow Slick in Daiquiri (€6.99)
Ok I don’t know if this is necessarily “cooling,” but it is a beautiful liquid eyeshadow. It’s marketed as a multi-purpose product – use it as an eyeshadow, liner or primer – but I bought it to wear on its own because I love the colour. I’m aware the idea of a liquid eyeshadow is off-putting to a lot of people, but this is so simple to apply. You can blend it out with your finger or a fluffy brush to add some light and life to your eyes. It dries fast and doesn’t feel sticky in the least, plus it plays nice with powder eyeshadows (it would want to, being a primer after all!). The only issue I have is that there isn’t a lot of product (5ml) and considering it’s such a small tube, you could easily squeeze out too much by accident. That’s par for the course with eyeshadow primers but if this is multi-purpose, surely they could include more product?! I’m not sure if I’m willing to pay full price for so little (£15), so I’m using it sparingly (bar wasting some to sow in the picture above, obviously).
Bonus entry: Diamond-shaped Sponge (€6.99)
I have this as a bonus entry as I can’t remember the brand name and can’t find it online either. Regardless, I went to TK Maxx a couple of weeks ago solely to get a new makeup sponge. I already have ones shaped like a Beauty Blender and wanted to try something new, so I was drawn to this one. The shape might seem a bit gimmicky but it’s pretty ideal for reaching the contours of the face. I find myself instinctively turning the sponge to fit certain areas, so there’s no learning curve with this item whatsoever.
Nars Lip Gloss in Revolt (€12.99)
I have no idea why I bought this. Actually, I do. It seemed tempting to buy a product from a bougie brand like Nars without having to pay full price. This is….not good. Even in a swatch, it’s so thick and sticky and feels heavy on the skin. It is a sheer plum colour but does nothing for any matte lipsticks underneath it, except move them around. It always feels tacky, like it never fully dries down. This won’t make sense, but it smells like school. Imagine if dust, permanent markers, and period accidents could fit into a tube; this is that tube. €12.99 could have bought me 8 and a half awesome Penney’s candles and instead I squandered it on overrated makeup.
Nars Eyeliner (€9.99)
Oh, Nars. Fool me once, and all that. I’m never going to fall for you and your underachieving family members that wind up as rejects in TK Maxx ever again. It shouldn’t be hard to find a nice brown eyeliner, and this is the second time a bougie brand from TK Maxx has let me down in that regard (the first was Stila, read about it here). Much like the Stila one, this eyeliner is a dry disappointment. The pigment is inconsistent and tiny chunks of the pencil come out when you use it, which isn’t pleasant for the eyes. It’s just not fit for purpose in the least. I can’t understand how it could be difficult to make an effective eyeliner pencil, especially for a high-end brand, but here we are.
Ciate Lip Lustre in Vamp (€6.99)
Sigh. Another sheer, sticky mess of a lip gloss, this time with added sparkle. I really like Ciate as a brand and thought this would be a safe bet….nope! This was a might fail. I hate the packaging, it looks like something you’d give a tween for her birthday. It’s more comfortable on the lips than the Nars’ monstrosity above, but it smells like medicine which is pretty rank. It doesn’t dry down either and it sticks to everything. It was tough to wash off my hand properly. I get annoyed at products like this for giving glosses a bad name. We’ll never get out of this ultra matte rut like this.
Ciate Liquid Chrome in Cosmic (€6.99)
Another Ciate product that completely bombed. In my defense, I didn’t realise from the box that this would be glittery and patchy to apply. Look how it skips out on the swatch on my hand. I was drawn to the metallic hue and felt that the green would liven up my soulless eyes somewhat, so it was a letdown to see how poorly it performed. I will say I do like the applicator; it has a felt tip and doesn’t feel hard on the eyelid. Other than that, this doesn’t seem like it would be a good friend to anyone who likes winged eyeliner. It washed off with just water also, so I couldn’t vouch for its lasting power either.