Friday, April 8th, 2011

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer ($26.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as “bronze shimmer with veins of gold.” It’s a baked powder with swirls of gold and bronze within a warm, orange-peach base. Gilded is a gold shimmered orange-tan.

When applied, despite the more glittery look of the powder, it has a much more refined part-shimmer, part-sheen finish on the cheeks.I was worried the apparent shimmer would translate into a “Stop! Look! I have pores!” effect, but it was a gorgeous glow of golden warmth. I think it looks better in person than in photos–there is some subtlty that is lost. Though it was beautiful once applied and looked delicate but delectably bronzy, it did not wear all day–it made it to six hours and by the eighth, it was mostly gone.

At first glance, it seems like the price is around average, but in comparison the previous Baked Bronzer, it’s not. The original Baked Bronzer contained 0.35 oz. and retailed for $24. The newly packaged and relaunched Baked Bronzer line only contains 0.26 oz. but retails for $26. I checked the ingredients for this version against the previous version, but they are the same. I don’t expect most to rocket through the bronzer, whether it is 0.26 oz. or 0.35 oz., but it is always disappointing when a product relaunches and quantity gets decreased.  I felt like someone was try to pull a fast over on me!

I didn’t receive boxes with my Urban Decay samples, but luckily, Urban Decay lists the ingredients on their website (kudos!): 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.

The Glossover



I wish it lasted a bit longer, because I could make a stronger recommendation for it. If you're rarely out and about for six hours or more, then you probably won't mind the shorter wear, but it is still disappointing--especially when Urban Decay has so many long-wearing products in their arsenal!











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Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
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Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer
Urban Decay Gilded Bronzer

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35 thoughts on “Urban Decay Gilded Baked Bronzer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Katie

    I don’t use bronzer, but I had to comment on the packaging once I saw that first photo (usually, I could care less about packaging unless it hinders functionality). I like how Urban Decay’s packaging designs are getting a bit more luxe, but retaining their “edge,” as of late, you know?

    Christine, I like your headband and hair down. You should do it more often for pictures!

  2. Arianna

    Do you think those with already tan skin tones should bother? I’m about 4 shades darker than you. Would the peachiness show up?

    • I think it’d be less bronzer, more highlighter – still pretty and would add some warmth. You might find Toasted better, though that’s matte, so you don’t get much sheen. I’ll be reviewing Toasted once I’m able to snap a photo of it on :)

  3. Sabrina

    I love this web site!!!!! :)

  4. Gina

    It’s so pretty! But that’s quite a hefty price for so much less product, and the fact that it doesn’t last too long :/

  5. It looks so gorgeous in the pan, but I know it wouldn’t work on me. Curse my abnormally pale skin and inability to wear bronzers!

    • Elaine

      I know it’s usually a LE product, but I’m really pale and use MAC’s MSF in By Candlelight as a bronzer – it’s pink toned as opposed to orange-toned and looks great on pale people :)

    • Harleigh

      You could try The Body Shop’s Baked to Last Bronzer in Warm Glow. Its a neutral bronzer that applies sheerly, so it doesn’t matter about your undertone, it will work for you.

  6. I really like the veining. It’s a shame about the price increase, though. ALWAYS gotta hate those. xP

  7. Nichole

    Really not impressed with the ingredients.

    • Katie

      Me either! With oily, sensitive skin talc and mineral oil would just be a nightmare for me. Plus, it had 4 parabens. Count me out!!

  8. DarkGlamour17

    pretty…Do you think a lighter person (like myself) could wear this? I’m light but I have yellow/golden undertones in my skin.

  9. LU

    It looks like a MSF!

  10. Hilary♥

    Looks gorgeous but too orangey for me and my skin – anyway still a very beautiful color.

  11. Love the case! They always have such cool products =)

  12. Megan

    How would you say this compares to a MAC MSF texture wise?

  13. Jessica

    Way too orange.

  14. Pariah

    i just bought this, same shade. should be here in a week.i’m stoked!

  15. looks like an MSF! It looks really pretty on you, too. I love their new packaging! The stars are too cute :)

  16. Amanda

    It looks so pretty on you, and in the pictures. I might have to buy it despite the price increase and decrease in product. May I ask if you are going to review the 2 other shades as well?

  17. It’s pretty on you. It reminds me of Milani’s Baked Bronzers.

  18. Sydney

    What bronzer do you think lasts the longest out of the ones you’ve tried? I was looking at this, but I don’t want something that won’t last. I hate coming home from school with my contour gone! So what would you recommend for a long-lasting bronzer?

  19. shontay07108

    It’s so hard for me to find a decent bronzer, I want to give this a shot. Do you think I can just carry this around and reapply?

    Also, I am around NC45/50 do you think I should try this one or the matte one?

  20. Wow, this looks gorgeous in the pan. I haven’t bought any of this “baked” type make-up yet, maybe next time MAC does one I’ll go for it!

    This looks kinda scary sheeny. I’ll look forward to your Toasted photos and review, I’d be interested in something more matte!

  21. This is so cute and flattering on you! I am probably too pale to pull it off, though. Boo! I use bronzers to contour a little, but to use them like bronzers usually looks awkward on my skin tone :( What a fun product, though, I love the veining and the packaging!

  22. Thanks for the review! I can’t wait to check out the toasted!

  23. Amy

    Too bad the product wasn’t fantastic; you look a-mazing in this photo. Did you mean to match your eyeshadow to your sweater? Hmmm, something new to try.

  24. alyssa

    you look so pretty in the pic! what lip color are you wearing?

  25. Ula

    The blush suits you beautifully!! :)

  26. It looks like a MSF, why are a lot of brands doing that these days?

    • Keep in mind that this is a relaunch of a product that has been out for a bit longer (not sure when it originally launched), but the look and product itself isn’t brand new as of this month or anything! :)