Call me a snob, but I usually stay well away from supermarkets’ own cosmetic brands. They’re just so… unappealing. Crappy packaging, boring shades, not-so-smooth textures… In their efforts to cut down the prices, they cut down quality as well.
Not Tesco. When I finally saw its line, BD Trade Secrets (formerly known as Barbara Daly), I did a double take. Everything, from the packaging to the silky smooth textures, screams luxury.
The most luxurious product of them all? The Dream Shimmer Highlighter. Beautifully embossed, and housed in a sleek gold case with a huge mirror, it wouldn’t look out of place at an Estee Lauder or Clarins counter. But you won’t find it there. This beauty is available exclusively at Tesco, and for a mere £7.99!
The shade I have is called Radiant Bronze, and it’s perfect for summer. It features four shades – soft shell, pastel pink, golden bronze, and chocolate plum -, all infused with gold shimmers to give your skin a healthy glow.
Radiant Bronze is very versatile. You can swirl the four shades together and apply them all over the face or just the top of your cheekbones, or you can use the colours separately. They double up as eyeshadows too (they’d complement a tan so well!).
I have to admit, I haven’t found the guts to use it all over my face yet. The four shades, particularly the brown ones, are so pigmented, I’m not sure they’d suit my pale skin. But when I pick up a light dusting of powder, and swirl it on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, chin, and forehead (the areas where the sun naturally hits), my whole face lights up!
Radiant Bronze gives my skin a rosy gorgeous shimmer that makes me look alive and radiant. It’s not over-the-top, but not super subtle either. Passers-by will notice you’re glowing, but they won’t put it down to makeup.
The finely milled powder blends like a dream too. It’s so silky smooth to the touch. And there is no fall out! Even better, it lasts for ages on the skin. It becomes subtler as the hours go by, but most of it’s still there when I take my makeup off at the end of the night.
And to think I almost didn’t use it! And no, not just because I’m a snob. I was sold on TB Trade Secrets the second my little magpie eye landed on it. No, I didn’t want to use it because it’s so pretty! It breaks my heart to ruin the gorgeous shell design. But I must. This stuff is too good to leave it there, untouched.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Gives skin a radiant healthy glow; Versatile, can be used all over the face and body, or only on the cheekbones, and even on the eyes; Silky smooth texture blends like a dream; pigmented; Longlasting; Gorgeous and luxurious packaging; Inexpensive.
Cons: When swirled all over, may be too dark for pale skin, so use it carefully; Packaging attracts fingerprints.
Summary: Silky smooth and super pigmented, BD Trade Secrets Dream Shimmer Highlighter in Radiant Bronze gives skin a healthy radiant glow that lasts for ages.
Price & Availability: £7.99 at Tesco