For me, the days of spending my weekends walking around the beauty stores picking up more new make up than I could ever possibly need are sadly over. Luckily though, it is far easier to pick up good quality make up nowadays whether I buy it online or even from the supermarket while I’m doing the weekly food shop.
I love that my local supermarket stocks BD Trade Secrets. I was a huge fan of the original BD range which was launched in 1998 under the watchful eye of make up artist Barbara Daly. At that time it was still quite difficult to find cruelty free products so to be able to purchase these in Tesco stores made life a lot easier for me.
I was sent these samples to review and I am very impressed. I’ve picked up a few more pieces from the range since reviewing these and I still have a (growing!) wishlist for more.
BD Trade Secrets has kept to the same principles as Barbara Daly, but with technology consistently evolving and innovation advancing, Abby Ireland, the prestige make up artist, has taken the new BD Trade Secrets to the next level.
Created in the fashion capitals of Paris and Milan, Abby has brought her professional expertise and experience to the new range to create the right balance of make-up must haves.
I was sent BD Trade Secrets Vital Skin Long Wear Foundation, £9.99, BD Trade Secrets High Definition Finishing Powder, £5.99 and BD Trade Secrets Va Va Voom Mascara, £6.99.
I was very impressed when my make up arrived in high quality packaging (I must say that the foundation is very similar to the Liz Earle packaging). The powder contact packaging is easy to open but will last well, unlike my previous MUA powder contact.
I would like to invest in the Luminesence Silk Primer now that I’ve run out of my Benefit Stay Flawless primer. However, this foundation went on to bare skin well and has stayed on well. I’ve given it a good test run by wearing it overnight on the Megabus (Yes, I know!) and all day and night at gigs and it’s still given good coverage. I’m not blessed with good skin, but was pleased with the cover that one application gave me. If you want fuller coverage then you can reapply, but I don’t like my base to feel heavy.
The High Definition Powder has also stood me well throughout all this travelling and gig going. I didn’t reapply my foundation once, however, I used this powder to set my foundation and reapplied powder inbetween bands to try to minimise the (oh so not glamorous) shiny gig look.
The Vava Voom Mascara was easy to apply, dried quickly and stayed on (again for long hours while travelling). It was a little clumpy on first application, but fine once I combed through with my eyelash comb (I find this happens with all volume mascaras). I’d like to try the long length and waterproof version too.
I have treated myself to the Velvet Touch Bronzer which has been perfect for giving me a sun glow whatever the weather. I also have two of the Pure Matte Lip Melts- one in a natural day colour and another darker colour for nights. These are so easy to apply throughout the day and last longer if set with powder. I pop mine in the fridge in between nights out in my handbag!
Top of my wishlist is the Dream Shine Highlighter, £7.99, it’s won awards and looks like it will be a great addition to my make up bag…
I was sent these products to review but all views and opinions are my own.