Decided to invest in some brushes that weren't too expensive. I like these - everything I need in one neat package. The case does have a funny smell when you first remove it from the plastic packing, but a few days of airing out the smell is gone.
I like the brushes because it is an affordable way to get long handled makeup brushes in mass. (I put the brushes in a toothbrush cup and leave them on my vanity so they are always at hand. The case that they came in was cheap and smelled like very old plastic. I threw it away immediately. If you want a set of brushes that you keep in a case, this is not the deal for you.