well if kelly rae roberts uses 'em you can bet i'm gonna give 'em a go. i always paint with water based mediums but kelly uses these for her faces so i thought i would give them a try. other than the smell (which is sort of like a box of crayons ) i love 'em. they are buttery smooth and the blender does just that...blends. here is my go at a face using my new SHIVA PAINTSTIKS and black STABILO pencil. i am storing the paintstiks, individually, in snack size zip lock bags. enjoy!!!