The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer
The Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer by Kosas has a soft, easy-to-blend, pressed powder texture that leaves a subtle sheen for a sun-kissed glow. We’ll discuss the formula, shades offered, along with a few other key details you’ll want to take into consideration.
To start, we’re happy to report this is one of the few Kosas products that omits irritating fragrance ingredients. Ironically, there are a lot of online reviews that mention this powder has an unpleasant scent. The batch we tested had no discernible smell, but we felt compelled to share that information as it is called out as a deal-breaker in numerous customer reviews.
On to the performance: this bronzing powder has a soft, velvety feel that blends seamlessly into skin, leaving a lit-from-within sheen. Picking it up on the brush stirs up quite a bit of powder, but if you end up with too much, you can easily tap the brush to knock the excess off.
As for the shades, this bronzer comes in warm hues of Light, Medium, and Deep. None of these are the shadowy matte neutral tones you’d look for if attempting to contour, but they add dimension in their own way by enlivening skin with a sun-kissed glow.
Light goes on very sheer with warm tan hue that builds softly so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. Medium is a richer warm bronze that can skew a tad orangey on certain skin tones (i.e. those with olive undertones) but works well for some medium-deep skin tones. Deep is a darker tinted warm bronze with reddish undertones that works beautifully on certain deep skin tones.
One other quick note: We accidentally dropped the plastic compact that this bronzer comes in, and the top instantly broke off. We noticed another reviewer mention the same—that doesn’t mean it will happen to everyone—just something to be extra careful about.
Despite some hit-or-miss issues that hold us back from giving it our top rating, for the most part, if you can find a shade of this bronzer that suits you, it’s a great option.
- Soft, velvety, easy-to-blend pressed powder texture.
- Delivers a sun-kissed glow and lit-from-within sheen.
- Fragrance free.
- Some hit-or-miss issues.
- Shade range won’t work for everyone.
A clean, moisturizing bronzer baked with shea butter that’s an effortless one-step sculpt, highlight, and color for your whole face.
Launched in 2015, Kosas prides itself as a no-fuss makeup line infused with beneficial ingredients. The brand’s founder, Sheena Yaites, says the name Kosas was inspired by the philosophy of the five “kosas” of self: “A physical layer, a vitalizing layer of energy, a sensory mental layer, a discerning intellectual layer, and a layer of truthful bliss.” As she puts it, “Beauty lives in each of these layers, not just in the physical.”
The brand leans heavily into a clean beauty focus, which as they claim utilizes, “the best of molecular biology to create better products that are not only safe and non-toxic, but truly effective and beneficial too.”
While we applaud the concepting behind producing safe, effective products, Kosas tends to veer off course by formulating with fragrant botanicals that haven been proven to irritate skin. On the other hand, they also use some great antioxidants and replenishing ingredients, so it’s truly a mix of good and bad.
While some formulas fare better than others, the actual aesthetics and performance of the makeup tends to live up to the hype, and Kosas’ ethos of “effortlessly applied, flattering across skin tones” products reigns true for the most part.
All in all, Kosas is one of those lines that leaves us with mixed feelings. Judging simply by looks, it’s great. But a deeper dive into the formulas can be disappointing at times.
Check out the individual reviews for the full scoop on each product, and visit kosas.com to learn more about brand.
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