Get Glowing With Urban Decay Baked Bronzer


Urban Decay’s Baked Bronzer can be used on the face and body. It comes in 3 shades, Baked which has a slight shimmer, Toasted which is a matte bronzer and Gilded (the subject of this review) which has the most shimmer out of the 3 bronzers.

Sometimes bronzers can illuminate skin in the most flattering way and sometimes bronzers can give too much warmth to skin, making skin look dirty instead of nicely tanned. You just have to find the right bronzer for your skin tone. Bronzers can be great for shading and highlighting, giving someone a slimmer silhouette.

I haven’t bought or even tried many bronzers but I have liked them a lot in the past. It’s just that these days I gravitate more towards peach coloured blushers. Urban Decay Baked Bronzers come in a gold coloured casing which is apparently reminiscent of a bohemian Moroccan getaway.

While the packaging is kind of what one would expect of a bronzer, I could have done with a mirror inside, would have been handy. I don’t mind that it didn’t come with a brush but a mirror would have been great for touch-ups.

A little trivia about the Baked Bronzers – they are baked as dough (rather than being pressed) and cooked on tiny terra cotta dishes for several hours in a quaint Italian village. They are then hand finished to perfection by little Italian women before being placed in their compacts. Now that’s a village I wouldn’t mind visiting! I’m sure the food would be fantastic too.

The Baked Bronzers can be used wet or dry, I have used Gilded as an eyeshadow but I think it looks better as a bronzer on the cheeks or wherever one needs highlighting. Due to the fact that the Baked Bronzers are baked rather than pressed, they bounce back to their micro-fine feel after being used wet without glazing over.

As Gilded contains a fair amount of shimmer, I have to be careful not to overdo it, I apply it sparingly and with a light hand. Too much shimmer isn’t flattering for oily skins either. It does have long staying power on my normal-dry skin but that may not be the case for those with oily skins.

Although it didn’t oxidise on my skin or make my skin look orangey after a few hours, again it may be different for people with oily skins. Gilded is a shade which can accentuate the decolletage area. On my cheeks, it did make the pores on my left cheek more noticeable. It’s a nice shimmery bronzer but it’s probably best to use it on areas where the pores are not too obvious.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzers are 7.5g/RM89 and available at Sephora outlets.

Note : Gilded was provided by PR for review.



    • Baked has less shimmer than Gilded so it’s probably more suitable for oily skins which can do without more shimmer throughout the day. Baked is Urban Decay’s classic bronzer, just adds radiance without too much shimmer effect.