I purchased this set so I could practice without wasting all of my copic inks. The ink in these markers looks decent and seemed to work okay with my microns. Blending isn't terribly difficult, but it does take a few swipes before completely blended. Before you start using these markers, I highly suggest taking the caps off over a paper towel because some of them do leak. I already ruined a drawing by not checking them first. Also, some of the nibs had to be pushed back in. Most of these colors are bright and vibrant without many mutes in between. Other than that, I do wish that these came with a brush nib instead of a bullet nib on the other side of the marker. If you're just starting out with alcohol markers to figure out if they're something you want to stick with, I'd say that this is a good starting point without breaking the bank.