The pillow color is just as I expected and the pillowcases are well-constructed. They look (a little) fluffy online, but in person they are rather flat and firm. I wouldn't say they are hard, but they are definitely not a squishy pillow. If you are looking for a pillow with structure in the colors depicted online, this is a nice pillow set. It's not the best value, but it's not outrageous either.