Urban Decay – Baked Bronzer (Toasted)

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Online Description:

Baked Bronzer is no ordinary pressed powder bronzer. It starts as a cream then is baked on a tiny terracotta dish to create a totally refined powder. This high-tech, streak-free bronzer gives you a perfect, lightly-toasted look. Used wet, it transforms into a sheer cream that glides on to add a more intense color to eyes, lips, and face.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Toasted gives skin a matte, bronzed glow without the threat of skin damage. Skin is left ultra-smooth with a matte sun-kissed finish that always applies flawlessly for a light dusting of summer sun.

This sheer finish bronzer has been baked in an Italian oven on a tiny terracotta disc for 24 hours, which means that it is cooked, not pressed, so that the powder will return to a micro-fine powder after being wet without glazing. Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Toasted boasts a beautiful matte bronze that’ll leave you looking like an exotic beauty with delicately sun-kissed skin

Directions of use:

  • Apply dry with a fat brush for a light dusting, or use wet with a sponge for a deeper shade.

 

My Thoughts:

I believe this was my first bronzer product that I ever had and I got it on an impulse buy because I had no previous experience with bronzing or contouring and since this had bronzer in the title and Urban Decay is a reputable brand, I figured it was a shoe-in. Boy, was I wrong! For a bronzer, this looks awful on me, but since it is discontinued and I still have quite a bit of it left, I have just resorted to using it as a transition color for my eye looks. That way, I make the most of the product, and I’m saving money from having to replace matte bronze eyeshadows for a while. The clear part of the casing is cheaply made because it broke within the first week I had it. It has a very faint chemical smell to it, and I don’t even notice it since I wear it on my eyes and not near my nostrils.

Since this is discontinued, I would recommend a few other bronzers that work better than this and are also multi-purpose:

Performance/Wear:                          ★/5

As I said, this is an awful bronzer, but a great eyeshadow. I know it isn’t meant for that and for those who hate using products on anything than what they’re intended for, please don’t hate me. I couldn’t justify having spent so much on a product without finding some use for it. To be honest, when I first started learning how to bronze and contour, I didn’t even know this looked that bad on me as a bronzer until someone mentioned it to me. I thought the color it left on my skin was how it was supposed to look, but in hindsight, I now see that it was very orange for my complexion and just looked like I rubbed dirt on my face. For someone with olive undertones in their skin, this would work perfectly because it would add depth and neutralize the green in their skin to give a natural bronzed look. Instead, I started substituting this for my transition color in my eye looks and this works marvelously. Initially, I was skeptic because products designed to work on the face are slightly less gentle than products designed for the eyes, but this blended gently nonetheless.

This bad boy also work well over competitor eye primers and in combination with competitor eyeshadows. I’ve also substituted it for brow powder as well, but that’s rarer than eyeshadow because I don’t have many clients with the same tones in this as their eyebrow hairs. There is barely any kickback when I pick up product with my brush and I have yet to have a fallout incident with it either. I’m not sure if it’s because of how it was made or the ingredients in the formula, but this feels so light and smooth on my skin and it blends so easily and quickly. Another trick I’ve used was shaving a bit of this onto a tray and adding some clear brow gel to it and using it as a brow gel over a brow pencil, pomade, or powder to add pigment intensity and hold for clients. I no longer use it on clients because of how long I’ve had it, but between using it on previous clients and on myself for over a year straight, I still have yet to make a solid dent in this which impresses me that much more.

Packaging:                                          ★/5

The packaging is pretty much a bust. I will give credit where it is due and acknowledge that the style and design of this stays true to Urban Decay’s edgy personality, but the material used in the packaging was a poor choice. The clear part of the lid snapped off within the first week I had it and although it was from being a product defect, I was too lazy to exchange it or return it at the time. Then it was discontinued, taking away my ability to do it when I got the chance. Now, I just have to keep hot-gluing the clear piece back on when it pops off. I have to take extra precautions in packing this when I travel to avoid a mess in my bag. I also would’ve hoped that a compact of this size would have nixed the clear top and put a mirror inside instead, but that’s neither here nor there at this point.

Price:                                                   ★/5

Initially, the price was a bit steep, but for as long as it’s lasted me, it was well worth the it. If it did work as a bronzer, I may not feel the same about it because I think I would’ve burned through the product faster, but seeing how that wasn’t an option for my pale complexion, I had to improvise. As an eyeshadow, this is quite the steal since UD eyeshadows go for a little less than what this cost for a fraction of the quantity.

Ingredients:

Talc, paraffinum liquidum (mineral) oil, isopropyl palmitate, dimethicone, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, sodium dehydroacetate, tocopheryl acetate, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, BHT May contain: Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide)

Pros:

  • Great transition color for eyeshadow
  • Lasts a long time
  • Faint scent
  • Blends easily
  • Gentle on the skin
  • No kickback
  • No fallout
  • Works well with competitor products
  • Multi-purpose
  • Cool packaging fonts and design

Cons:

  • Unreliable packaging material
  • Orange, muddy bronzer
  • Discontinued

Texture:                                  Pressed powder

Scent:                                      Faint chemical

Recommend?                         Sure, as an eyeshadow

Repurchase?                           Discontinued

Retail:                                     $26.00

Size:                                         0.26 oz.

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

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