My grandmother bought this set for me because I finally decided I felt like I was ready for painting. So far I love it, though I haven’t tried every piece - the main reason for my 4 star rating instead of five The acrylic paints are well pigmented and aren’t too thick, though they do dry super fast (note: I haven’t tried the oil paints or watercolor quite yet). They don’t smell bad like other reviews I’ve read, in fact I couldn’t smell them at all. The brushes are pretty good quality as well as the sketch books. Overall satisfied, and would recommend.