These shadows are buildable and easy to work with, but those expecting a highly pigmented palette will probably be disappointed. You really do have to layer the mattes up, and I'm fair skinned. While I was at the store, I was told the shimmers apply really well with your finger. I've used both a small concealer brush and my finger and I have no issues. I do tend to use a glitter glue as a base, since I don't like glittery shades to transfer to my crease. When it comes to Mac, I do get a little confused with their finishes. A shadow will look like it has a sheen but when swatched I realize it will be fine in the crease.
This palette comes in sturdy cardboard packaging, it feels very nice and has a mirror closure. The names come on a clear sheet, and I would have much preferred to have them printed on the palette. The overall size was a little smaller than I expected from online pictures, but it's still a nice size. I have no issues with the smaller pans when it comes to brushes.
The highlighter was a part of why I chose this palette. Some of the other palettes had a darker highlight that I knew wouldn't work for me. This highlighter is very nice- not blinding, but very nice. It looks very natural on my skin which I do like.