But the social media platform offers much more than just content and the ability to start a complete shopping spree at the touch of a button.
For many, the thought of shopping on the TikTok store may be daunting, some fear that not everything is as it seems.
For my part, I was one of those users who wasn’t sure whether to buy through TikTok, but I wanted to give it a try.
Therefore, instead of opening Tick tock To watch videos, I went shopping to see what the platform had to offer and whether it really stood a chance against other social media stores.
Is the TikTok Shop good?
Normally I don’t think many people open Tick tock for the purpose of shopping, but this time I did it.
Maybe that’s why I found it so difficult to find the products I actually wanted or needed within my £10 budget.
But I finally found three articles that I thought might be of interest and that had gone viral at some point Tick tock.
Look for a Made by Mitchell liquid blush, a Maybelline vinyl lipstick, and a viral “Pop It” game.
Since I bought two out of three of them from official TikTok stores, my concerns about possibly being scammed were low.
With a total basket value of £13.24 I was able to save £5.53 thanks to discounts and free shipping on some items.
Now all we had to do was wait for the products to arrive.
Time to check out the TikTok store
As with most online purchases, I quickly received confirmation and shipping details from Tick tock shortly after I paid for my basket.
I did receive shipping information about when to expect the items, but that seemed to be the only details I got, as only the Maybelline vinyl lipstick I purchased through Look Fantastic offered information.
Still, I waited for my packages, not knowing when or what would arrive first.
Less than a week after placing my order, I was surprised that Made by Mitchell’s liquid blush was the first to arrive.
Although the item came in slightly oversized packaging, the product itself was very good and well worth the £6.78 spent.
I had often seen Made by Mitchell articles on my TikTok For You page and live feed, so I was curious to see how good the product really was.
@madebymitchell SHE IS HERE ✨✨✨✨💁🏼 #madebymitchell #blur #fyp #viral #mitchellmart #makeuphacks #dripdrip #form ♬ Original sound – madebymitchell
As it turns out, the liquid blush is worth all the praise it seems to be getting from the makeup community on TikTok.
The second item that arrived was the Maybelline vinyl lipstick. Shipping was free. I received shipping information about the product so I knew when to expect the product.
Since a delivery time frame was also offered, Look Fantastic delivered the item at exactly the right time and the product, which I use often, is still as good as I expected.
Last but not least, the ominous “Bear Pop It Game” is officially known as the “1 Piece Bear Design Fast Push Game”.
For those who haven’t seen the product on TikTok, it’s similar to “Whack A Mole” with the goal of hitting the right spots before time runs out.
Like any simple game, it was addictive, very addictive.
@lightuplife647 Great stress relieving button toy! Love it or buy it!#Toy #decompress #OCD #Surprise #fyp ♬ Original sound – FlashyTrend
The first time I played it, I thought, “This is a nice, fun game,” and after playing for 10 minutes, I put the game down, only to come back to it less than 10 minutes later.
As I passed it around the family for everyone to try out, I quickly discovered that I wasn’t the only one who seemed to enjoy the game.
Each of us tried to beat the other’s score, even playing it during TV commercial breaks.
This makes Whack A Mole by far the most surprising purchase and one of the best, costing just £1.20.
The verdict on the TikTok Shop
While I don’t think I’ll go back to TikTok to shop again, I think if I ever saw something I really wanted, I’d happily buy it through the app.
Due to its ease of use and purchasing, TikTok Shop appears to have made purchasing from a social media platform much easier than competitors’ attempts.