I splurged on the system because there was a great sale, and I had some rewards cash to spend. I am definitely not disappointed.
First off, the smell is incredible. I've seen reviews where people found it too strong, but I prefer that, so I love it.
The foaming shampoo is a little off-putting at first, because it doesn't create suds, but it definitely cleans effectively. I'm Italian, so I have very oily hair, and it works wonders for it. The Mended Sea enhancer feels like a really nice conditioner. My bottle doesn't mist like I expected, so I spray it on my hand and finger comb it through. The finishing touch is the Velvet Cloud. It's positively amazing! A little goes a very long way, and it makes your hair feel softer just during the application.
Bottom line is it definitely lives up to the expectations for me. My hair is softer, less frizzy, and smells so good. It's not weighed down at all.
While the price point is a bit higher than I usually spend, I definitely got what I paid for:)