June 10, 2020

Pat Mcgrath at TJ Maxx is Apparently a Thing Now

Hi there I’m addicted to Home Goods and that sort of extends to TJ Maxx too kind of?! You don’t understand how much I miss Home Goods. This is a source of many, many text conversations with my bestie Sam. We’re all over here holding our breath waiting for it to re-open but I have a feeling I’ll be too paranoid to actually go when it does.

I miss Home Goods more than I miss Nordstrom, more than I miss Sephora, more than I miss Target (I’ve been to Target but it’s a horrifying experience where I run around the store trying to dodge people because I’m convinced sharing any open space with anyone is going to mean I’ll catch something! Which means Target runs are sadly lacking over here and I miss it so much!). Lucky enough, the first place I hit at Target is the Hearth & Hand section and like, no one is ever there showing Joanna any love but me. I dunno why I head there first! I think I’m convinced Joanna personally comes into my Target on the daily to re-arrange the display and put out new stuff for me to throw my monies at. I am so not that person that’s paranoid or anxious but COVID has unlocked a paranoia level I’ve never experienced before in my life. I’m throwing it out there to the people who face anxiety and paranoia on the daily you’re my hero because I had no idea what you were dealing with until COVID-19 decided to pop into my life like a bad friend. I did go to Trader Joe’s last week and I was so excited how it was all handled even though I had to wait about 30 minutes to get in. Hell, I’ll wait as long as they keep the store half full and the carts sanitized. A girl needs her chocolate gnocchi, Cookie Butter, and Organic Riced Cauliflower. (P.S. I’m still trying to understand the Savory Banana & Nuts Trek Mix hype!).


I’m also sort of jealous of all you guys out there shopping. Not a lot has opened here yet. I ran across an account on Insta today that showed the Pat Mcgrath’s Mothership VI: Midnight Sun on sale at TJ Maxx for $89.99. I legit think my head exploded. You know TJ, sometimes there are some sick finds to be had. I mentioned a few weeks ago how much the luxury beauty brand world might be changing due to the pandemic but I really didn’t think it was going to go this far. If you told me I was going to walk into TJ and find Pat Mcgrath Eyeshadow Palettes I would call you a liar.

But here we are…..!

Does Pat Mcgrath popping up at TJ Maxx devalue the brand’s image?

Are you excited to see if you can score it at your local TJ Maxx?


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  • Dee

    I really miss Home Goods. I need to see if ours is open. I do go to Target weekly but go at 7am and basically have the place to myself. I will probably pass on TJ Maxx for the time being!

    • Isabella Muse

      I go SUPER early too but there are still millions of people there! It makes me feel all anxious!

  • rina

    OK, this makes me sad. I’ve been wanting to do a blog or vlog on the amazing finds I get at TJM/Marshalls et al but thought it was too mean because by the time I get it up, whatever great thing I found would more than likely be gone but I see it isn’t an original idea… Oh well.

    Back to your question… I do think it devalues the brand a touch, but I’m thankful for it. I’ve found Bond NY, Guerlain, Amouage fragrances there and it’s always a delightful surprise, since not everyone knows what they’re looking at. I’ve also found John Hardy in the clearance section of the jewelry case and Alexander McQueen scarves in accessories, so it’s not just beauty.

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh no don’t hate me but there are literally dozens of Insta, youTube, and other accounts that do this already! I’ve run into Bond online but never in store! I was pleasantly surprised to bind Bond on their website! I HAVE NEVER FOUND ALEX MCQUEEN IN STORES! STFU! That’s insane! WOW!

      • rina

        Right? It (AM) was quite the shock and most probably a return. The tag was TJM but not like our regular, local tags. I nearly squealed and then it was an Ikea commercial out the door (START THE CAR! START THE CAR!!!). And thanks, now I have to go checkout Insta, etc. <3

        • Isabella Muse

          tag looks way weird to me but I was like hey, I believe it could happen! LOL! ;-D

          • rina

            What’s weird, is the post says “2 days ago” but my TJM et al have been closed since March…

          • Isabella Muse

            mine have too but she’s prob in a location that it is opened. Certain locations across the US opened already.

      • Tammy

        I went to TJMAXX yesterday and the store looked like it was being emptied out, and the line at the register was the worst I had ever seen. I had a few things in my basket and just put them all back and left. The makeup in that particular store is always open and contaminated and a PML palette would last about 2 minutes before being damaged.

  • Kathleen Dorsam

    I don’t think it does. And I think we will find more brands popping into TJ Maxx/Marshalls this year. Retailers want to make things look fresh and new so having older items still on their shelves is not something they want, so hello options such as TJ Maxx.

  • Frozendiva

    I don’t think it does. Winners (Canadian version) sometimes has higher end products. Not often. The designer stuff is at our Runway stores – one or two stores in the city will have more expensive products, like Nordstrom Rack and our not so great Saks Off Fifth, which seems to mainly stock Bay brands, with the occasional Saks merchandise.

    I have found some deals at Winners/Marshall’s/Homesense.

    Costco sometimes sells higher end cosmetics and skin care. It is kind of murky, but you can save a bit of cash.

    Many stores have opened here in Alberta, Canada. Limited hours, a certain amount of customers allowed. I think Phase 2 reopening starts Friday.

    • rina

      YES! I picked up Le Labo lotion in my fave scent at Costco, was sooo happy! They carry Chanel and other super high end labels.

  • CatG

    I’ve seen posts where people find amazing high end makeup, but my local TJ Max, Ross, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack, etc never have anything. I think I found Stila once at Nordstrom Rack and I wasn’t interested lol

    • Isabella Muse

      I found Creme Bouquet at the Rack once and hauled every bottle they had! Stila needs to bring it back!

  • kjh

    I miss them, too, esp since they are in the same plaza as my market, singing to me like the Lorelei. I had to go to the valley of the shadow of death a/k/a Walmart today, as I couldn’t find what I wanted online. Surprisingly easy, not crowded, very well stocked. Came out with $250 worth of dog treats and laundry products. Our TJXs have high end cosmetics pretty often, and I have indulged. There is the seagull effect (picked over.). Isn’t midnight sun the last PML before Rose 2? I cannot imagine they are overstocked on THAT. Other stuff, esp lipstick (given that it expires before powders and, uh, masks…maybe. But find it hard to believe a TJX had a big mothership.

  • Melanie

    While I love me some TJ Maxx, Home Good and Marshalls, I don’t buy any type of skin care, beauty realty product. The products are either expired or has come to the end of shelf life and these discount stores gobble them up. My local stores have opened and some limiting number of people in. I have been to Target and have not been overly concerned. Wear a mask, carts are sanitized and have some hand sanitizer on you to use when you leave the store.
    My two cents, I think Pat Mcgrath is a very over hyped, extremely over priced product line for what it is.

    • Isabella Muse

      likewise. I’m also a little iffy grey market stuff they have! My store has a lot of stuff but it’s completely destroy anyway by people opening to swatch, smell, etc..so it’s easy to say no. Target isn’t limiting here sadly. There’s just too many people inside and it makes me a bit nervous 🙁

  • Randi Macdonald

    TJ Maxx, et al is not open yet in Socal. We were on vacation in Naples, FL. I went into the TJ maxx and Marshalls. It was so picked over. They had an extra 75 off clearance a week or two before we got there. I was excited to go in, but since it was so picked over, I was like “Meh”. I went into Ross too, same situation, picked over. All the luxury beauty( KVD, Clinique, etc) was in locked boxes. That being said, I will go to our TJ maxx, etc when they finally open.

    • Isabella Muse

      I think it’ll be a while before we see well stocked stores!

  • Kimberly B.

    You know, I’ve spent over $100 on one palette before, but actually seeing the giant price sticker on this made me go “WHAT?? $90 FOR ONE PALETTE???!!!” Mind games, I tell ya…

    • Isabella Muse

      oh girl oh girl oh girl I get it I totally get it. I saw that sticker and I CRINGED! But in reality, we’ve paid full price for Pat Mcgrath before so what in the world!? LOL!

  • Michele Zundell

    I’m right there with you!! I miss my Homegoods shopping runs the most. Things are opening up slowly but with Covid cases on the rise, I don’t know when I’m going to be brave enough to start shopping again. It really stinks 🙁
    As for a brand being devalued if one finds it at TJ Maxx, I don’t this is true at all. There are more beauty products available than ever before. We are inundated and I don’t think stuff sells as fast anymore. All that product has to go somewhere, why not get it on sale if you can?

    • Isabella Muse

      oh gosh me too snifffff! I don’t either! I’m a bit scared still. This is all true but I think it does bring down the value on newer items a bit because people are less inclined to pay full price and will wait for a sale. So it does devalue the brand a bit!

  • Audrey

    Now her palettes are around that price on her site – she’s lowered her prices a lot. I just got divine rose one for $79 including tax with a free lipgloss from her site. I’m much more excited that I found the full size milk makeup bronzer stick for ten bucks and Mac color play? bouncy type blush for 13 at my tjmaxx. Am loving both!

    • Isabella Muse

      sweet! Pretty cool you can snag her stuff at TJ lately!