Thursday, 9 April 2015

BD Trade Secrets

I'm not going to lie, I'm a real make up snob. I know what I like and I think nothing of spending £30 on a foundation or nearly £50 on a palette. I do try with drug store make up but the majority of the time I prefer more high end so when an email came through about trying some items from Tesco's well known bargain make up brand BD Trade Secrets, I was skeptical but thought why not?

I had some items from their Trade Secrets range sent through, a Light Effect Concealer*, Dream Shine High Lighter*, Va Va Boom Mascara*, Flawless Primer* and the Nude Berry Lip Liner*. I've been using the Flawless Primer in place of my beloved Smashbox Photo Finish recently and I'm actually really impressed. The consistency is much like Benefit's Porefessional and a little goes a long way. I apply this along my T-Zone and it's definitely helped keep my make up on for longer but not quite as long as Photo Finish. 

The Light Effect Concealer comes in a handy pen applicator which isn't overly hygienic but it makes it much easier to apply than a dough applicator. It's really light and blends in well, brightening up my under eye area and red patches around my nose. Mixed with the Dream Shine Highlighter, it's the perfect dewy pairing. The highlighter dispenses through a pump which makes it so simple to control and there's also a see through panel so you'll know exactly when to re-purchase. I have the shade in Lustre which is a beautiful champagne gold, very similar to Benefit's Watts Up! which is a new favourite of mine. 

The Nude Berry Lip Liner is big competition for MAC Cosmetics Soar at a fraction of the price. It's super creamy and is the perfect partner for Urban Decay's Naked lipstick. The only downside is that it's a bit of a pain to sharpen as the nip isn't set in a typical pencil. The last product I tried was the Va Va Boom Volumising Mascara which I HATED. I Really didn't get on well with this. The brush is shaped like a smile, the bristles hurt and the mascara was really wet and took forever to dry. As for the volume? I'll be sticking with Smashbox Full Exposure in future. 

This make up range really does have some hidden gems and next time I'm in Tesco I'll be making the effort to have a good look at the stand. I've read a fair few reviews on the Base Daily Foundation and for the price, I have to try it. Am I a total drug store convert? Not yet but BD Trade Secrets has definitely sparked my interest. If you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

*PR Samples 


  1. I'm so snobby about the Asda's own makeup. But Tesco looks like they did good with their new range! There's a few things I actually have my eye on :) xo

    1. Haha I haven't tried Asda's either.. I'm going to go Tesco and check this out more though. xx

  2. I never look at supermarkets makeup but this range looks lovely x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

    1. Nah, I don't. Will have to make the effort now though xx


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