I bought these brushes around black friday, because I was looking for a nice set & a friend told me about them. Lots of people complained of the smell.. When I was opening them, they did smell pretty bad. But after you wash them they kind of went away. The brushes do an okay job, but everytime I use them the bristle part on the brush always falls off of the handle. Like it was made cheaply, mostly all of the brushes besides the real small eyeshadow ones have fallen off repeatedly. I can say that I haven't had any shedding of them though.