I've used Satin Ice for about 4 years. And the last six, twenty lb buckets I've gotten were too soft and a pain to use. And adding color to it has become a nightmare. A suspicious person might think they want to sell more of their more expensive pre-colored fondants. It also gets more bubbles in it than it used to and still cracks.
I'm sick of trying to work with this sticky goo. And I'd think it would impossible for a beginner.
I'm going to go back to Pettinice, it's pretty soft, but at least it doesn't separate and crack.