September 29, 2015

Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set Review

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set

The Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set ($44) is a limited edition makeup brush set that launched with the Tarte Holiday 2015 Collection. This set includes five full size brushes that come housed in a really pretty zippered sequined brush box.

At a glance this is an excellent value and a great way to introduce new users to Tarte Makeup Brushes or to extend your own collection.

Let’s take a look!

Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush

I think one of the first things that caught my eye about this set was the fact that it came in such great packaging. Not everyone is into Tarte’s Holiday packaging this year! I’m hearing a lot of rants regarding the sequins but personally I love them!

Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Collection

The brushes come housed in a zippered brush box or a makeup case of sorts that’s decorated with rose gold, black, silver, and gold sequins. You can store the brushes in it or remove them to store other makeup or jewelry inside the case. It’s a very pretty presentation in my opinion! The five brushes all have a limited edition gold handles with the Tarte logo printed on the top part. I think one of the things I noticed first about the brushes was the fact they were so heavy. They are quite well made in regards to the handle and they aren’t a flimsy or light.

Brushes include:

  • Tarte The Buffer Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush
  • Concealer Brush
  • Eyeshadow Brush
  • Complexion Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Sequin Brush Box

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I have a lot of makeup brushes and I really don’t need more but around the Holidays there are so many great gift sets at such wonderful values it really is hard to say no to them. I think the Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set is a particularly nicely presented set and something that sets it apart from other brush sets is the fact they include five full size brushes and also the fact they didn’t cheapen the brushes up with weak or flimsy handles.


I was a little surprised how dense the bristles were. The Buff Airbrush Finish Foundation Brush is a brush I already own and the bristles are very soft but sadly in this set the bristles felt a little stiffer. It’s debatable whether that’s an issue considering it is a complexion blending brush and in most cases a brush like that is best with dense bristles. I just felt like the bristles were considerably different than the original brush and it surprised me. All the brushes had this issue aside from the Complexion Brush which did in fact have soft bristles but it kinda reminded me of a tickle brush or something and I thought it was difficult to use with loose powder since it flopped around a good deal.

Honestly, they put a lot of effort into the entire presentation of this set including gorgeous handles but for some reason the bristles of the brushes just didn’t quite fit with makeup brushes I know, tried, used, and own from Tarte already. Something felt off here. I had no issues with shedding but some of the bristles on the Blush Brush and the Eyeshadow Brush were prone to splitting.

Tarte did a great job with the presentation here and you also have to give the brand props for including not smaller travel brushes with the set but full size ones which at $44 makes this a hell of a bang for your buck!

But I highly suggest checking out the Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set in store if possible as you might agree that the bristles just are a bit off in this set and not quite what we’ve seen from Tarte in the past.

The Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set is available from and at and Sephora locations.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Courtney

    I don’t think it’s just this set. I just received my Rainforest of the Sea foundation/brush set, and the brush is just awful. It’s stiff, the bristles aren’t completely even, and using it on my face actually hurts, which is a huge departure from the other Tarte brushes I have. It’s a good thing the foundation is lovely, because the brush is a loss, and I hate to think that’s going to be the way it is with new brushes 🙁

    • Isabella Muse

      well that stinks 🙁 I didn’t feel like the bristles hurt but they def weren’t as soft as the Buffer I have from a year or so ago! I hope they have redesigned them, that would be rather sad as they were perfect as they were!

      • Courtney

        I know, right? Tarte has had such soft, durable brushes that have performed beautifully, it’s rough to see a set that seems more flash than substance. Oh well, hopefully they’ll switch back to the good stuff quick.

        • Isabella Muse

          It’s very weird because this entire set is presented so well. The brushes are heavy feeling, full size, plus the case is nice. It’s a real inexpensive price at $44 but when it came to the most important part, the bristles, they somehow lost steam in the creation process! Sadness!

  • DiEtta

    OH NO……… me!!!!! More brushes!! I will have to check these out. Christmas is coming a present for me !

  • Renu

    Eeek how did I miss this post? So I got this set, wanted to love the brushes and thought the bristles were steel-wire-like. Was writing my review and thought of googling to find if someone else agreed when yours came up. I’m linking up as proof! Needless to say, I’m gutted because I did so love the look of the set and the price was a steal. The concealer brush tugs at the undereye area. I can’t remember the last time I thrashed a product so much. From now on, I’ll buy only after googling reviews, especially yours.

    • Isabella Muse

      ah renu return it return it. Sorry my dear! That sucks 🙁 It’s just not up to Tarte’s standards! They usually have such great brushes not sure what happened here 🙁 haha thanks I’m flattered!