The anodizing company had issues with these. Apparently there were so many void areas that they stripped them down and redid them. The color is great! Or should we say colors? There are some shade variation, albeit minor, in the five inch and the 3.5 inch is a good shade darker.
The result of stripping and redoing the needles (which we have told them not to do), is many of the needles are smaller. For example, US 3 should measure 3.25 mm, with a 3.21 - 3.26 range. Many of these are 3.15. Ditto the other sizes, any where from .05 to .1 mm. Only those who knit really, really tightly will notice (although these might be the needle to go to when you can't get gauge), but we noticed. The 3.5 inch needles are more true to size, but they came in a good shade darker and in a matte finish. It just wasn't their day! But, as a result, if you like pink, it's your day to save $$$!