tarte Cosmetics – Make Believe In Yourself: Magic Wands Brush Set Review

Hey ya’ll! This week, I managed to snag these super cute tarte brushes from the Sephora app. Definitely download that app if you want any early shopping access for limited edition items (which is great for fellow makeup collectors).

About The Blogger

Skin Type: Oily, Acne-Prone, Sensitive
I am VERY oily. Even with oil-free products, setting powder and setting spray my face will still get oily after the 2 hour mark. The acne and sensitivity play hand in hand. Whenever my boyfriend accidentally touches my face, I guarantee that there will be a pimple the next day. Although, I also constantly get pimples just through hormonal means. My skin is bad, let’s just leave it at that.

About The Product

Before I start, here is some quick information about tarte and the brushes.

What is tarte: tarte is a leader in healthy, eco-chic beauty, offering cruelty-free cosmetics infused with skinvigorating™ ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients.  All of their products are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, synthetic fragrances and gluten, just to name a few. Taken from tarte website.

About The Brushes: Vegan, cruelty free collection of five fairytale-inspired brushes – no unicorns were harmed in the making! Take from tarte website.

Where Did You Buy It: Sephora app! The app always special early releases.

How Much: $39! Making each brush roughly $7.80

Product Review

I’ll be reviewing each brush by itself further down the general review as well!

Packaging: Adorable! Even came with unicorn gift paper. I actually kept the paper, I couldn’t help myself…


Design: Absolutely adorable! The first release of this brush set was a little Claire’s-esque and was too kitschy for me to buy, so I was so happy about this new redesign.


Durability: They are very light but feel very fragile. I don’t recommend putting these brushes in your purse or even handling them too roughly. The brush tips are very soft, but they each have their own individual quirks which I will go in detail next.

Magenta Contour Brush
Tarte Description: dense, flat bristles create a perfectly controlled contour, strobe or highlight or you can use it with the spellbound glow rainbow highlighter for a prismatic rainbow glow
My Review: Very stiff. It took way too much highlighter (used the French Vanilla Kylighter) and was not very good at actually blending the contour. Great for picking up the powder and cream contour and placing them on your face, but you’ll need a different brush/Beauty Blender to actually blend.
Pink Powder Brush

Tarte Description: 
applies just the right amount of foundation or finishing powder for an airbrushed look
My Review: Perfect! It’s probably going to be my new go-to powder brush, which means I’ll be replacing my usual brush, the Too Faced Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush. It picks up the perfect amount of product without ruining the pressed blush. For reference, I used the Too Faced Love Flush blushes to test with.
Rating: Green Blending Eyeshadow Brush
Tarte Description: fluffy shadow brush defines the crease while blending out harsh lines
My Review: Very good at picking up powder and cream shadows. It blends powders fine, but it takes a little longer to blend since they were so soft.
Rating:Blue Shading Eyeshadow Brush
Tarte Description
: flat shading brush packs on base shadows & softens around the crease
My Review: Picks up powder well, but I’m the type that likes to finish with glitter or cream eyeshadows and sadly it didn’t work so well for those two.
Purple Liquid Foundation Brush
Tarte Description
: dense, fluffy bristles pick up & apply cream or liquid foundations & primers
My Review: I HATED THIS BRUSH. It was so streaky and patchy that I had to start all over again. The worst brush in the set and one of the worst liquid foundation brushes I’ve ever used.

Overall: Considering they’re about $8 each, I’m impressed! I still hate that Foundation Brush, but the other brushes really make up for it. If you’re obsessed with unicorns, a brush collector, are just need a good set for a good price, definitely check these out!
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Thanks for sticking around, I know this was a little long of a review! I’m hoping to get the rest of the series soon, so come by again if you have the chance.

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