I recently reviewed this on my YT channel comparing it to the high-end Smoky palette and let me just say, this palette really surprised me. I expected the shadows to be chalky and patchy, maybe a little hard to blend, but some of these are even more pigmented than the original and easier to use. The mattes did have just a tiny bit of trouble blending, but if you are careful and know what you're doing, they are definitely not the worst mattes around. I have many eyeshadow palettes, they're my favorite thing to buy, and this definitely beats out quite a few of my more expensive ones. I'd definitely recommend this to a friend or family member to try out!