My best buy recently has been PanPastels. OMG they are amazing. I was attempting to use Rembrandt soft pastels but they were far too chalky and not giving enough colour pay off. PanPastels are so soft and creamy and best of all - mess free. Just (lightly) dip your brush in and you're good to go. My next best buy was a pair of dainty hand made Mary Janes from a seller on Etsy. They are a perfect fit on my MSD.