My Christmas gift card purchase form Dick Blick arrived today. I did a little testing with them to see what they're like. I would compare them to the creaminess of applying make-up, and very easy to apply. I purchased additional applicators and glad I did. The pastels are very pigment intense and only a little is needed. Since I tend to be a bit heavy handed, I sort of ruined my first applicator..8-) Lesson learned. Can't wait to try them on all of my art.