I just picked this up yesterday and so far am actually very surprised with the chalkiness of two of the shades. I have come to expect fantastic quality and consistency from KVD shadows, and these just aren't the same. I originally wanted the Smoke version, but the people at Sephora said that they didn't think those would even be available in store anymore, so I went with the Plum and figured it would be just as good. I am so sad that I can only use half of these shades! The base shade is just dust city, even if I barely touch my brush to the pan as lightly as I possibly can, immediately I have tons of kickback flying everywhere and when I try to apply it to my lid it just falls all over my face. The highlight shade is the exact same way. I have literally only tried to use this quad twice now, and look at the photo, there is base shade EVERYWHERE, all over all the other shades, all in the compact, like it just exploded. I was so gentle and light handed when going in with my brush, and this is what resulted. The define shade isn't as chalky, but the color payoff and smoothness of application is poor, very patchy. The only shade that is anything like the KVD shadows I know and love is the contour shade, and while it is a nice one, it's way too dark to be used more than very sparingly and strategically. I am crushed, I wanted to love this quad so much. I hate to say it, but I will be returning this one.