Sorry to hear all of the negative comments, and will take them under advisement. As a professional decorative artist, I've had the most luck (excellent actually) using the paint on furniture - very thick, and rubs back nicely for a distressed finish (not great if that's not what you're looking for!!...) Used it in my airless paint sprayer, and it needs to be thinned quite a bit, but the result is good with thin, even coats. At smaller paint stores, the cost is prohibitive - at Home Depot, it's competetive. Most pro house painters I know charge extra to use even the basic Lauren Latex, and most everyone recommends taking the paint chip you're in love with to the nearest computer matching paint mixer! While I have not used the specialty finish paints, the roller brushes did appear lightweight., and the "checking" rollers can be found at 1/2 the cost in larger craft stores. The "deal" is with the stippler brush, which at pro paint wholesalers goes for twice the amount (+-$100.00) The quality of the brush seems to be okay. Was about to spring for the crackle medium, but after this may just stick with hide glue! I have used the flat latex to "wash" with and also for a high end cloud application. I applied a wallpaper border over top, but then again it was not the specialty finish. Good luck to all!