Reviewing Skincare From Trader Joe’s

I’ve always blown right past the toiletries aisle at Trader Joe’s, but after reviewing their Face Mask Trio, I decided to try all of their skincare in a quest to find some affordable products. Keep reading to see my review on all things skincare at Trader Joe’s!


Rich Hydrating Face Sheet Mask

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For $1.99, this sheet mask has a light cucumber scent and provides a brightening, hydrating treatment. It makes my sensitive skin feel soft and bright, but it burned a bit because I exfoliated beforehand with the Facial Scrub. If you are going to use a sheet mask, be careful not to over-exfoliate your skin beforehand like I did. Verdict: This is a skin treatment that I’ll do maybe once in a while, but it’s not essential for clear skin or a bright complexion. 

Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum

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For $8.99, this plumping serum absorbs quickly and layers well under moisturizer at night. If I use it under my foundation in the morning, it makes my foundation pill, so I use it for nighttime only. If you need an extra plumping step or extra hydration (especially in the wintertime) in your skincare routine, try this affordable serum at your local Trader Joe’s. Verdict: Use for night time only after toner and before night cream for hydrated skin.

Rose Water Facial Toner

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For $3.99, the Rose Water Facial Toner feels gentle and hydrating for a toner. I use it AM and PM. The spray applicator is too strong and sprays like 2 feet away (yikes).  To deal with this, I spray it on a cotton pad (instead of directly on my face) and wipe it all over my face after cleansing. Otherwise, it sprays strongly onto my closed eyelids. For those who use the Mario Bedescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater, this is an exact dupe for half the price! Verdict: The spray applicator is too strong, but the toner soothes and keeps skin clear and soft. 

Facial Cleansing Oil

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For $5.99, the Facial Cleansing Oil has high quality ingredients, like coconut oil and no mineral oil. It removes makeup easily, but requires special attention and an extra pump for eye makeup. This cleansing oil is a dupe for the Neutrogena Cleansing Oil, for half the price! Good job, Trader Joe’s. I finished up my Neutrogena oil (which I reviewed about here) and promptly replaced it with this product. Verdict: I use this cleansing oil as part of my Korean Skincare Routine. This is a keeper!

Blueberry & Açai Facial Scrub

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For $5.99, this Facial Scrub smells delightfully berry-scented, like a blackberry smoothie.  The thick texture feels creamy yet grainy and the container feels heavy and luxe. I use it a few times a week after the cleansing oil. It delivers brighter skin and gentle exfoliation to promote cell turnover and less acne spots on my chin. I also use it as a body polish before shaving to prevent ingrown hairs on the backs of my legs. Verdict: I love this facial scrub! The thick texture and gentle ingredients deliver skin-brightening results. I plan to give this as a gift to my skincare-obsessed friends for Christmas and Birthdays. 

Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF 15

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For $3.99, this daily facial moisturizer reminds me of Cerave Daily Lotion, a cult-favorite. It feels light and moisturizing and doesn’t break me out. I apply it in on my face before foundation or I enjoy wearing alone for a makeup-free day. Even better, it contains SPF 15. I wish the SPF were higher, but the value is fantastic. Verdict: I reach for this face lotion every day! I highly recommend this if you need an affordable daily face moisturizer. 

Special Mention: Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Pictured in the Featured Image of this blog post, I have to make a special mention of the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Hair Mask. For $3.99, this hair mask smells like a tropical drink and keeps my hair smooth and silky. I apply it on freshly shampooed hair, let it sit for 5 minutes, and rinse it out. I use it once a week and look forward to the process each Sunday. Verdict: If you are in the market for a deeply moisturizing hair mask, try this hair product.

To wrap it up, the total cost of my Trader Joe’s beauty and skincare haul cost a little under $40, including TN state tax. What a deal! My favorites are the Facial Scrub and the Cleansing Oil, due to the packaging and quality ingredients. My least favorite was the sheet mask, since it burned my sensitive skin a bit.

Have you tried any Trader Joe’s skincare or beauty products? I’d love to know! P.s. You can read my review of their Mask Trio Set here.



4 thoughts on “Reviewing Skincare From Trader Joe’s

  1. Wish we had this store in the UK!

  2. A lot of people are experiencing excessive burning with the face mask. I didn’t exfoliate before using. There’s an issue there for people with sensitive skin.

    1. mylipstickletters January 8, 2019 — 3:54 am

      I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one! It’s better to pass on it.

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