BD Trade Secrets Make Up | Brand Overview

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Hello Beauties! I often get asked to feature more affordable or budget make up here on Lipgloss & Lashes, and your wish is my command - today I've got some lovely pieces from BD Trade Secrets, formerly known as Barbara Daly, to show you all, all of which are now available at Tesco. I've got a couple of pieces from the brand, so I thought I would do a few mini reviews and a sort of 'brand overview' as there are some absolute gems in this collection. 

The one product I was most excited to try from the range was the Vital Skin Longwear Foundation as I've heard so many good things about it recently. I was sent shade 4, which is a little dark for me as I probably could have done with shade 2, but I put it to the test nevertheless. The Vital Skin Longwear foundation is a cream formula with algae extract to protect elastin and collagen, giving you a more youthful look. I'd say that this foundation is pretty comparable to the MAC Studio Fix, so if you like that then you'll probably like this one (and it's half the price!). 

BD Trade Secrets Light Effect Concealer Pen | £7.99

Another product I was desperate to try out was the Light Effect Concealer Pen, which is comparable to the YSL Touche Eclat and the MAC Prep + Prime concealer pens. It's basically a highlighting concealer that you can use to brighten your under eye area or anywhere you want to stand out. It's a fairly light coverage concealer, so I do like to apply it over my normal concealer to highlight the under eye area, but it is excellent at brightening my eyes up. It comes in a really pretty looking gold packaging, which is pretty similar to the Touche Eclat itself, with a brush on pen applicator which makes creating that triangle shape under your eyes effortless. For only £7.99 you really can't go wrong, as it's a pretty close dupe for the YSL which will cost you double that. 

I've never really been much of an eyeliner person, usually opting for smudging black eyeshadow along my lash line to create a softer look, and I definitely wouldn't have gone for a pencil eyeliner, however I'm so glad that I've tried this one. I usually find that pencil eyeliners are quite hard and difficult to work with, and often they pull on my eyelids, but this offering from BD Trade Secrets is actually quite good. It's a soft pencil which glides onto the skin effortlessly, and it's seriously pigmented. Once you've applied this and left it a few seconds to dry it will not budge, even after I tried to remove a swatch of this with a face wipe it wouldn't budge, so if you have trouble with watery eyes or eyeliner transferring onto the skin under your brows, then this one may be for you. 

The star product of the collection for me is the blushers. I'm normally more of a high end girl when it comes to blushers, as I often find that the ones in the drugstore just don't suit my skin tone, don't blend well or they aren't pigmented enough for me. However, this one in the shade 'Fruity' is my current favourite blusher. The packaging isn't fancy like my usual favourite blushers, but the product inside is incredible. It's super soft and smooth without being chalky, it's pigmented and easy to blend and also its a really wearable colour. This peachy pink shade is the perfect shade for my skin tone and has recently become my go-to blusher now that the days have got a little sunnier. For only £5 I think I will definitely be picking up a few more shades! 

If tinted moisturiser is more your thing then this may be the product for you. Unfortunatly I find that tinted moisturiser just doesn't have enough coverage for me, however this is one of the better ones I've tried. This does offer the tiniest bit of coverage and did manage to even out my skin a little but it didn't manage to cover up my redness and acne scarring which was an issue for me. It did manage to control some of the shine on my face though and gave more of a second skin finish rather than that tacky feeling which some tinted moisturisers have. I think I may get some use out of this in the summer or on 'no make up' days, but mostly this just doesn't offer enough coverage for me. 

Lastly, I've also been testing out the Flawless Primer. The Flawless Primer is a mattifying primer with illuminating particles, designed to smooth over pores, fine lines and wrinkles, creating a smooth base for you to apply your foundation over. I'd say that this product is a cross between the Clarins Instand Smooth Perfecting Touch primer and the Benefit Porefessional, and it's definitely the best pore smoothing primer I've tried from the drugstore. The Flawless Primer also contains ingredients to help moisturise your skin, however I did find that it does have a tendency to pick up on any flaky patches you have, a lot like the Porefessional does. However, after using this my skin broke out like crazy and was so tight and dry, I think I may have had some kind of allergic reaction to the product as my skin was so red and sore. I do have sensitive skin though, which may be why, especially as this product is designed to basically block up your pores. It's such a shame though as I really did love the product! 

Overall, BD Trade Secrets has definitely surpassed my expectations. I'd say if you're not sure what to pick up from the range that the Flawless Primer and the blushers are your best bet, they're amazing quality from the price and I've started reaching for them over my MAC alternatives. BD Trade Secrets are currently available in Tesco, and if you want to take a look at the full range, you can do so here

Lots of Love,

Becky x x


  1. I've never tried anything from this range but I love the look of the blusher! I'm always on the look out for new blushers so need to get myself to Tesco!
    Sarah Speaks

    P.S. I love your new blog theme!

  2. I'm impressed by how good this range looks! Tescos did themselves a favour relaunching the Barbara Daly range

    beth |

  3. i need to try out some more of BD's products. I have the foundation you mentioned i am absolutely in love with it.
    Becca xx

  4. The concealer sounds amazing especially as the YSL dupe which I always want but can never afford to get anymore which makes me sad ;) xx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  5. Love the look of the blush!
    It's a shame about the flawless primer, like you said it looks a lot like the Clarins one and it's a shame it broke you out!
    Thanks for some great recommendations!
    Leanne xx

  6. I always have a browse of the BD range, but I've never actually picked anything up. I really like the sound of the primer.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  7. I've never heard of this brand before but it sounds quite lovely! I love how sleek and sophisticated the packaging is - and the colour of that blush. Gorgeous!

  8. The foundation sounds lovely as i do love the MAC Studio Fix x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

  9. I love the look of that blusher shade- so pretty! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  10. This a brand I never heard of! I definitely want to try the brightening concealer!

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  11. I haven't tried anything from the brand but I've been having such a disaster finding a foundation I like lately so I'll definitely be trying this out. You never know, eh?!

    Maxine, xo

  12. Interesting!! Have never tried or heard of this brand. Seem pretty good for the price. Great post :) xoxo

  13. The foundation sounds ideal for me. And loving the new blog design chick!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  14. I like the sound of this brand, but hadn’t heard about it until now. Sounds great!

  15. All these sound lovely and never heard of the brand but I like that as some unknown ones have such good products.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  16. That primer looks amazing! All sounds great!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty


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