I bought this set for $150, which is less then half price. Some of the pigment cores are not perfectly centred, and on some pencils, the paint is a bit cracked. For me, that doesn’t take away any of the fun I’m having with these pencils. They are so soft and buttery and lay down and blend so smoothly. I use my Faber Castells for very fine work and need a very sharp point, but love the prisma’s for bigger area’s and backgrounds. Highly recommended.