I've used brushes, sponges, etc with MAC. I really only like their concealer and a lip glass or eyeshadow or two. I have so much makeup and brushes/sponges etc that ppl think I'm a pro! LOL. just a makeup junkie!
I can't get into Bare Minerals. I've had it done twice and it makes me look ashy. It doesn't play well for certain complexions.