I normally use the longer one-stroke cakes, so this was my first time trying a more compact palette like this. I really like the color combos. I have two cakes I use regularly (two different styles of neon rainbow) that aren't represented in this kit, but everything else (rose, dolphin, leaf, flame, and many others) are here, so it definitely makes it easier to carry this nice flat kit with me. I do think it's harder to load your brush well with these shorter cakes. I find it harder to get the paint the right consistency (they seem a little dry) and it just takes more time to load properly. But I'm sure it's a technique thing that I'll get the hang of as I use these more. The colors and opacity of the paint are great. I can't comment on whether they stain or not. I haven't tried to wash them off my own skin yet. Overall, I'm happy with the product and think it's a good value and a good selection of one-stroke cakes.