These are great. I didn't receive any that were dried out. In the pictures, I did also use some of my tombows but only a bit as this set does not come with many lighter colors. It is not my dream selection of colors but it gets the job done. Streaky work may be user error. Also, yes, alcohol markers often bleed through, no matter the brand. I'd like to see a collection that comes with more pastels to make a well rounded set but I have no complaints about the markers themselves. Amazing quality for the price.