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The Surprising Dollar-Tree Beauty Find I Buy Whenever It’s in Stock

published May 25, 2023
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Dollar Tree Discount Store. Dollar Tree offers an eclectic mix of products for a dollar.
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My go-to for a quick moment of satisfying self-care? A 10- to 30-minute session with a face mask. They travel well for work and leisure, there is a wide variety of options for different skin tones and textures to cater to your specific needs, and you can easily wear them en route to where you need to go. (I’m not here to judge you if you choose to wear yours on public transit or while singing in your car.)

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At the same time, skincare can be incredibly expensive. But when I discovered a rotating treasure trove of new masking options popping up at the local Dollar Tree last year, masking became a lot more accessible. First it was single-use masks in basic scents, like cucumber and citrus. Then I spotted multi-use bottles and jars. And every single option is $1.25 — that’s anywhere from around 50 to 90 percent cheaper than many of these retail for at other locations. Having tried a variety of these masks, there are two tried-and-true brands that I’m constantly stocking up on.

1. Freeman Beauty

I have been purchasing masks by Freeman Beauty since grade school at retailers like Walmart and Target. As someone who struggles with adult acne, my skin’s favorite Freeman mask is the revitalizing pomegranate peel-off gel mask, which I’ve found at Dollar Tree pretty consistently. It works well with my sensitive skin, and helps to rid my pores of impurities — I can almost feel the dirt leaving me every time I peel the mask off, an act that is soothing and fun. 

Whether it be a single-use mask, a sheet mask two-pack (in yummy flavors like hydrating aloe and grapefruit, and combinations like “pre-party,” “night in,” and beyond), or an entire bottle, you are likely to find something for your skin type. Dollar Tree even stocks four-packs of masks around the holidays, which I subsequently bought and gifted to the nurses at my doctor appointments.

Find it in stores: Freeman Revitalizing Pomegranate Peel-Off Gel Mask, $1.25 for 6 ounces

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2. VIVO Per Lei

The VIVO Per Lei brand is a well-rounded skin and body care brand with ingredients you actually recognize that retails for far more elsewhere. (I’ve seen similar masks that make the same claims retail for $38.) The 6.35-ounce jars of clay and mud-based masks are often stocked on the shelves at the Dollar Tree, while smaller travel sizes and bigger options are not found as regularly. 

The bamboo charcoal peel-off mask and the matcha green tea mud mask are two of my absolute favorites from VIVO Per Lei. I use the bamboo charcoal at the end of a long week, or if I’ve been out of the house multiple times in a few days to really help brighten and cleanse my skin, starting with my pores. I use the matcha green tea mud mask about an hour before I apply makeup, because it truly does deliver a matte finish that serves as the perfect base to a fun cosmetic look.

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Just last week, I was at the Dollar Tree on the day the staff was unloading a shipment of VIVO Per Lei products. Wow, did I hit the motherload! Not only were there a variety of full-sized masks — fresh eucalyptus, honey, matcha green tea, and midnight glow — but there were also trios of 2.29-ounce masks in collections labeled “healing trio,” “hydrate & boost trio,” and “detox & glow.” 

I decided to stock up for myself and my loved ones, and ended up catching the eye of nearly every shopper. Before I knew it, they were running back to aisle five to get their face masks. This included the two employees who were ringing people up at the registers, which did not make the people behind me very happy.

Find it in stores: VIVO Per Lei Power Squad Face Mask Collection, $1.25 for 3.29 ounces

What are some of your favorite Dollar Tree finds? Tell us about it in the comments.