Tarte Stroke Of Midnight Holiday Brush Set – Review


I recently ordered the limited edition Tarte holiday brush set at the recommendation of a friend. Normally I don’t pay much attention to holiday brush sets, because I often find the quality is much poorer.

This set, however, instantly caught my eye. Firstly because it’s gold – I may as well be Smaug from the Hobbit, because I am majorly obsessed with all things gold.

This set features 5 full-sized limited edition brushes in a sequined makeup box.


It retails for $44 US, and $53 Canadian. That may seem pricey, but when compared to the full price of 1 Tarte brush, it’s an amazing value (A $188 value, to be exact!) The Buffer Airbrush finish foundation brush is very similar (if not identical, to be honest) to the Airbrush Finish Bamboo foundation brush, which retails for $44 on its own!

Here’s what’s inside:


The makeup case is a sequin-covered box that I personally think is great for travel because its firm casing protects your makeup inside from getting squished!


Despite my worries about the quality being poor, I am so impressed with these brushes. They’re soft, sturdy, and appear to be just as high in quality as the regular, permanent brushes – with the exception of the stippling complexion brush (third from the left). For some reason, this is the only brush in the collection that seems slightly lower in quality – and I do mean slightly. It’s not bad or poor quality, but just seems to be a tad less soft and sturdy than the rest.

The Buffer airbrush brush is phenomenal. Soft and dense, it’s a very multi-purpose brush. This would be amazing for foundation, bronzer, cream bronzer, powder, powder-foundation, and so much more!

The fluffy blush brush, to be honest, is not what I would recommend for blush, nor do I see myself using this for blush. I suppose it would work for someone who wants a very light sweep of blush, but I personally prefer something larger and more angled for blush application! I do think this brush would work really well for highlight, or to lightly set under eye concealer! It is thinner than I expected (compared to the Mac #137 which is similar in shape) but still a fantastic brush to add to your arsenal!

The eyeshadow brush is another brush that I disagree with in what Tarte claims it’s for. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really know anyone with eyelids large enough for this brush. It’s very big – too big for an eyeshadow brush in my opinion, especially if you have smaller or more deep-set eyes. I do however think it’s amazing for a contour brush! It’s slanted and is moderately dense, yet great for blending. It works really well for more of a precise contour, or to easily contour the nose!

The concealer brush works beautifully as a concealer brush, but could also be used for eyeshadow! Its size makes it ideal for concealing blemishes, around the nose, and also under the eyes (particularly that pesky inner corner!)

Bottomline: Do I think this brush set is worth it? Absolutely. The brushes average out to approximately $10 a brush, which is a steal for what you’re getting!


    • October 8, 2015 / 11:54 am

      Thank you!! That case was what instantly captured my attention haha! 🙂

  1. October 11, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Tempted to pick this up, I don’t necessarily need new brushes but the case is too cute!!

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