New Tarte Holiday Collection! Light of The Party Palette and Stroke of Midnight Brush Set Review

The design and style for this year's Tarte holiday collection is impeccable. The gold and sequin design gives it the appearance of a luxurious makeup set. It doesn't even look like makeup would be inside it.  I just want to display it on top of my vanity all year long. As pretty as it is, is it worth the purchase?

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When it comes to these holiday sets I'm guilty in the sense that I'm a bit selfish. Since they are limited edition I like to buy them for myself even though they are meant to be gifts. But hey you can always reward yourself to a little treat like this once in a while right?

I always end up getting the prettiest holiday sets simply because they are beautiful. But rumor has it that palettes that are meant to be limited edition for Christmas season are of less quality and therefore can be sold at a less cost. For example Too Faced's Le Grand Palais includes 18 eye shadows, a couple of blush colors, with a bronzer and highlighter, mascara, an eye shadow primer, and a lipstick too all for $58. Which is a $378 value, yet The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette retails at $49 for 16 eyeshadows. Which is by the way, one of my favorite palettes. As you can see, there is a large gap in price difference. It may not be the case for those specific palettes but, I noticed that the quality was not always as great with  a few other holiday kits I have bought in previous years. Some of the eyeshadows were really not as pigmented and a bit chalky. Just be aware of this before committing to a large purchase with limited edition holiday palettes. The good thing is you don't have to worry about this with the Tarte collections.

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This year's design is based around glamorous shades of metallics and gold neutral colors. I personally love the Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case. It can be a great started kit for a small investment of $59 for a makeup beginner. It's also a great gift for someone who prefers only neutral colors. It is valued at $394 which includes 24 eyeshadows, a deluxe size mascara, a dual brush, and a travel-size palette. Inside the detachable palette is a bronzer, blush, highlight and few eyeshadows. It's definitely a steal!

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This is a lovely palette but I will say that some of the colors are too similar. If you have a deeper skin tone it can be hard to distinguish the difference between one another. This is what some of the shades look like side to side.

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I don't think it will be a problem if you have lighter skin, but I still highly recommend using an eyeshadow primer and a white base before applying the eyeshadow to get their true colors. I swatched these on my hand without any primers to help the color, and most of them are very pigmented. Though I do expect the best from Tarte. 

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Most of the eyeshadows are extremely buttery and soft easy to apply. Thought when it came to some of the lighter  whites they were a bit dusty. I was very impressed with the metallic eyeshadows. It can be hard to find pigmented colors.

For the holiday season there is also the Shine Bright Statement Lash Essentials, which includes a glamorous Eyelash Curler and Mascara. This is my kind of stocking stuffer. I would feel extra fawwwncy everyday applying my makeup.

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My favorite out of Tarte's holiday collection is the Stroke of Midnight Brush Set. They are going to be my new traveling brushes. The sequin case it comes with is breathtaking. It's pretty deep and has plenty of space to add more brushes. Gold is extremely popular right now and these brushes are covered in it. Well the color not material, you know what I mean. The brush handles are very sturdy, thought I did expect them to be a heavy. They are actually very light. It comes with a very unique white bristle brush that is great for "baking". You can easily dust off the remaining powder from underneath your eyes and highlight points on your face.

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I wish I would have taken more pictures of the sequined cases. They are truly stunning! I'm leaving to Mexico in a couple of days and all of these babies are coming with me. I highly recommend all three of these sets, especially the palette since it comes with so much for a cheap price. I have a feeling these are going to go really fast. Get yours while you can. It's the best deal I have seen so far. Let me know if you would like to continue to see more reviews like these since the holidays are right around the corner. I need to start packing my suit case. 

Muchos Besos,
Belinda Selene


  1. I think the Light of the Party palette looks so pretty, and I would love to make my eyelash curler look "fawwwncy" like that *hehe* Thanks for sharing swatches!!

  2. One of each please! Everything is so pretty!

  3. I love this set, but sadly will pass on it. I am however excited to get the Rainforest foundation that is coming out. I pre ordered it from QVC, which is the only place selling it right now. Won't receive until the first week of October.

  4. I am getting the eyelash curler :) and the blush palette . passing on the eyeshadow palette I heard too many bad reviews .... none positive.. so yeah thats a no for me :)

  5. I wonder if the brushes are anything like the permanent ones or if they cheaped out?

  6. I am in love with these glamorous shades of metallic and gold neutral colors. And it will be a perfect fir for a golden color palette theme too.. I'll be carying it for my bestie's wedding.. Thanks for sharing.

    Love Daizy

  7. Omg belinda those colors and brushes are so cool i wish had stuff like you


  8. Everything is so pretty! I want all of theese!

  9. I am in love with this collection. I would love to do a makeup look with this palette.

  10. Belinda I love holiday collections because it's good value, however, that's really something to consider. That's quite silly of brands to do that because, if for example I purchase it for a gift, that could be that person's introduction to their brand and if the makeup isn't of good quality they are unlikely to ever buy it.

    Which do you think was the best holiday makeup collection this year?

  11. Loved the kit. Amazing collection. I am finding out new colours. I am going to buy this kit. Please tell me the price of the kit?

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