They do go on a little bit sheer, depending on which color you use. The darker ones need the coverage built up a little bit to become completely opaque, but the lighter colors go on as an almost sheer wash of color that you have a harder time seeing thru. It's a liquid, so still very pigmented, and in my opinion the best way to wear and apply glitter shadows without the mess. I've also used it as a base for other colors and it's stunning that way too. So i definitely think it's worth the money. Very versatile and will last you quite some time.