September 12, 2016

Tarte Tartetist ToolBox 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.


The Tarte Tartetist ToolBox Brush Set ($44) is a new five piece double-ended makeup brush set launching shortly at Sephora and with the Tarte Works of Tarte Holiday 2016. Honestly, after trying out the Tarte Tarteist x @NicolConcilio Brush Set I felt pretty confidence that set had everything I needed in terms of makeup brushes.

But along came the Tarte Tartetist ToolBox Brush Set…!

Bravo Tarte for putting out not one but two different awesome brush sets! Ok, so, technically speaking I hate double-ended brushes! They just prove too difficult to store. Depending how you feel about double-ended makeup brushes this will either make or break your decision to purchase this set.


First things first, the Tarte Tartetist ToolBox Brush Set is much better than last year’s Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set. I really disliked that set and felt like the improved upon the brushes considerably in this set and the @NicolConcilio Brush Set as well!

The set comes housed in a sturdy boxed clutch that can be used as an evening clutch should you like to multitask with it. The pattern is pretty jazzy though so, you might want to match it up with a vintage outfit if you’re using it as a purse. It reminds me of something Mia Farrow would carry around in Rosemary’s Baby.




The set includes:

  • Double-Ended Eyeshadow Brush
  • Complexion Brush
  • Double-Ended Foundation Brush
  • Double-Ended Cheek & Highlighter Brush
  • Double-Ended Concealer Brush

All the brushes except the complexion brush is doubled-ended so, it’s like you’re getting 9 brushes instead of 5. The brushes all have lightweight yet sturdy gold handles with soft bristles that retain their shape well after washing. I purposely washed them three times and they held up well with each cleaning. I experience no shedding when wet or dry. I am absolutely in love with the Double-Ended Concealer Brush and it’s my favorite brush from this set. If anything at all, it’s actually the brush that would tip me into the buying zone. If anyone recalls the EcoTools Complexion Collection Correcting Concealer Brush this is very much like it. I disliked that brush because it was quite scratchy but Tarte’s is very soft and a perfect tool for applying concealer to an airbrushed finish under eyes. This is definitely a keeper brush!










The set isn’t entirely well rounded as it concentrates more on facial brushes versus eye ones. If you want something a little more well-rounded I think the @NicolConcilio Brush Set might be better suited for your needs as that contains a good deal of both face and eye brushes. If you need more facial brushes, this Holiday Set is the way to go!

Whichever one you choose but are excellent values. I think Tarte improved considerably on their brush sets this Holiday season! The Tarte Tartetist ToolBox Brush Set is worth indulging in if you need some new makeup brushes.

Get the Tarte Tartetist ToolBox Brush Set soon at Sephora and


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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  • Dee

    I don’t like double ended brushes either. But if the quality is there I will get them. And two of my all time favorite brushes are indeed double ended. These look wonderful.

    • Agona

      Yeah, I feel the same way. I have a love-hate relationship with double-ended brushes. Yes, I get more brushes into my makeup bag when I travel so that’s nice. But when I wash them and I was both ends, I always feel like I’m getting water into the ferrule when I flip them around. And then, of course, you can’t really drop them into a container on your vanity.

  • Shisha

    Is it horrible that I’m more interested in the case than the actual brushes? I wonder if tarte would consider selling the case separately.

  • Diana

    I’m not interested in any of the big tarte kits either! It’ll be a first for me if I don’t buy any. I got the blush kit & am looking at the lip kits online. As well as that thin eyeshadow palette that reminds me of holiday kits from 2011-2012. Prob gonna get this too! At this point I have so many double ended brushes that I LOVE from QVC kits that they have their own thin basket that works well for storage & use. I’m so excited that these seem to be good quality bc last year was such a disappointment! At least they listened?! Now if they’ll only listen about the eyeshadow sizes in their kits…

  • Jaclyn

    I am curious as to how well the magnetic part of the palette works. I think the idea of including a magnetic palette with the brushes is very smart.

  • Abigail Angay

    i Love your blog! i just got mine and it’s truly in good quality. 🙂