This is a quality item, solid materials and of course nice Alessi design. Great Xmas or birthday present.
I have two problems with it though:
1. It's too small. It should take about twice the number of cotton buds. You have to refill it in many small loads and keep your tub of cottons buds separately, which is annoying. The mean size makes the price a little too high.
2. It doesn't quite work like it should. I think it needs more prongs to act as spacers (and to keep the buds upright). You never get the nice, fanned out display of cotton buds as you lift the lid. Needs a rethink and a version two IMO.