I ordered from Cory over 20 days ago. Since then I've written multiple emails to inquire about shipment. None have been returned. Then I wrote an email from a bogus address asking if she was out of business. She immediately wrote back saying no I'm not out of business. But won't return my emails on my order. Which makes me wonder if she's stealing money...Worst service ever. Will update when received products, but as of now, NEVER again!
Just started using the MICA FREE (non rice starch) samples of this foundation. I decided to order this because I have a sneaking suspicion that I am highly sensitive to mica and that it had been causing breakouts and irritation to previous breakouts.
So far I have only used it once, so I can't report on the breakout situation just yet (it takes me about 3-5 days for me to determine) but I decided to actually put it on at night and sleep in it. This is not recommended with any makeup, but I thought it would be a good idea to test staying power and acute sensitivity. Here are my thoughts:
Price: Stuff is cheap as far as MMU goes (or should I say adequately priced, as MMU is dirt cheap to produce and is highly overpriced from most retailers) the samples are also very affordable at about 45 cents a sample.
Finish: Surprisingly smooth and light, though a bit... sticky/tacky? I have tried EDM and Alima previous to this, and they felt so dry, gritty and heavy. No settling into fine lines, and my face was not shiny, streaky or dry when I woke up in the morning - super impressed. I can't imagine it would be that great in warm weather, or folks with super oily skin, but I can't say for sure.
Staying Power: Lasted all night without smearing off my face. I have a feeling that it might slide right off your face during a hot humid day, but it's winter now so I can't really test that theory.
Coverage: A little goes a very long way, whereas I noticed I had to pile on EDM and Alima to get any coverage, or use a concealer underneath. This stuff? You need nothing else. Everything was covered without feeling heavy at all.
Colors: One downfall of this foundation is that the colors are super strange. They do not coincide at all with any other mineral foundations out there, so you should really consider buying as many samples as possible to get your match. I'm a pretty typical white-girl skin tone and I found that the cream colors were closest match to me. The colors do seem to walk the line of being too light or too dark, and I'm not sure how they oxidize but I've heard that they do.
Smell: I am one of the many people who have noticed a strong cigarette smell from a few of the baggies I've received. I'm not sure what this is from. I'm thinking of writing to Cory about it to determine where it comes from, because it seems a bit odd.
Overall: I like this stuff, but as much as I like it, I really need to make sure I don't break out from it. Will update when I do find out (I've heard she uses a ton of titanium dioxide, which gives more coverage but can aggravate oily places on the skin.)
EDIT: Apparently my skin can't handle titanium dioxide either. Getting under the skin little bumps.. very frustrating. Probably the worst reaction to MMU I've had so far. Also noticed that the makeup gets... liquidy during the day. Don't think I will keep subjecting myself to this, it's very painful. The hunt continues.
I never thought I would switch from a liquid makeup to a mineral powder makeup, but Cory's MMU is so good I have! I always used liquid because my sensitive skin can get dry, but Cory's doesn't dry me out. I also have had red blotchy reactions to the couple other mineral makeups I've tried (it seems to be a reaction to mica), but if anything, Cory's makeup makes my skin look better even once I wash it off. Since it only has two ingredients (titanium dioxide and iron oxides), it doesn't irritate my skin at all. I do have to use a moisturizer under it, but I've always had to wear moisturizer anyway.
A few tips—I use a powder puff to apply rather than a brush (brushes always seem to irritate my skin more somehow and waste product). This may be why I have an easier time applying this than some others (although I've occasionally gotten a red streak, it's super easy to buff out with a powder puff). I also like to apply it when my moisturizer's still a bit damp - one to two minutes after I've applied the moisturizer. This helps keep it from being cakey I've found. It's very full-coverage without looking unnatural—once you've found the right color that is. Many of the samples I got seem very light, but I have medium toned warm skin, and the Beyond Cream color turned out to be perfect for me. The coverage is so good, I don't have to use concealer or powder anymore! I always had to use concealer and powder with liquid foundation. Some people mentioned the shiny-ness; I like to blot throughout the day, and this works fine, or for occasions when I want a more matte look, I've found I can put a translucent pressed powder over it (I like Lorac's) and that works well too. I tried her rice powder finisher but it didn't really help with the shine.
Despite the minor flaws I've mentioned, my favorite part about using this is that it actually seems to improve my skin (less blotchy, no breakouts) and that is worth it in my opinion! The samples are cheap, so order a bunch to find your shade. Also, her blushes are the best I've found (and I am very picky about blush). Give it a try!
I really like this foundation, as I have extremely sensitive skin that is combination and likes to break out. This has cleared up some of my breakouts, has not clogged my pores, and does a pretty good job of keeping shine at bay. The coverage is great... no extra concealer needed, and a little bit goes a long way. In fact, I have lived off of one little sample baggie of foundation for almost three weeks. Many have complained of a cigarette smoke smell with her products. I noticed the smell, but it is actually the rice starch she works with a lot, and not tobacco. Also, people complained about shipping. I must admit I was a little bummed by the $8.95 shipping charge for something I could have mailed for $3 or less. However, two things keep me from being upset: the makeup price itself is so dang cheap that even adding a couple dollars per product (from shipping) still makes it very affordable. Also, shipping two days to me (in Kentucky) is cheaper than shipping five days to California, so she probably breaks even on the shipping charges.
Anyway, I have been an Alima girl for years, and I still do love Alima. However, I have developed a sensitivity to Mica, which means, sadly, I can only use Alima on my eyes and lips. If you want great coverage, staying power, decent color selection and all at an affordable price, Cory Cosmetics is great. Definitely use with a light hand though, as the product is extremely concentrated.
I had purchased some Cory years ago and remembered being happy with it, but the foundation color no longer worked for me. With new enthusiasm, I purchased a new full sized foundation, some primer, a bronzer and a finisher along with many samples.
When the foundation arrived, it was in a much smaller container than the full sized container I previously had. After emailing, it took Cory 11 days to finally answer, after quite a few emails from me. She finally explained that she had changed the container as the larger container would have cost too much. She also added that she was having personal and professional problems. Is this good customer service? 11 days to answer one question?
The smaller container is too small for a kabuki brush and there is much spillage whenever I try to use it, a waste of the product. I doubt I'd order again.
This must be the most costeffective MMU foundation ever. I only had to use a few grains to get enough coverage. Anyway; i did not like the finish, it was too aging. They have shades directed to peachy skintones, I love that. But the darkest shade (perfect peach) was too light for me. And my skin is just fair/medium! There was no scent to the samples i got.
I have a great time with cory mmu..yes that's true after searching lots and lots of different mmu brands,also through trial and errors,I can say that ,this is one of the best!
it gives great coverage with matte but creamy finish!,my other fave mmu brands are : earthen glows and Buff'd
I've used a lot of mineral make up brands. My skin is acne prone with hyperpigmentations, and is only and dry at spots. I loved this product at the beginning. It covers really well with no concealer (though not perfect) and looked flawless when i did proper priming and concealing. But the product itself didn't last really long in terms of true color. After a month, the color i bought (caramel corn) started to look orangey pink, and did not match me anymore. It's prob cuz of the oxidization, but other minerals ive used lasted much longer. so now its just sitting on my table. It's a hit or miss i say. just try their sample before gettin the full prduct. Get samples of their blushes while your at it, theyre really pigmented and a little goes a long way.
Having tried what seems like hundreds of different brands of MMU I almost hit jackpot with Cory. At last!
This is the best MMU I've ever found for coverage and easy application. Beats Alima, my former fav, hands down. I use either a BB Kabuki, or a Jane Iredale Handi, or sometimes a flocked sponge, to apply. It's quick and it is easy and a couple of thin layers covers everything I want it to.
This is also the best foundation, MMU or not, that I've ever found for a perfect shade. Radiant Peach is perfect on me. It does not oxidize.
The one issue I have with this is that I get shiny after just a couple of hours. There is always a hitch somewhere! I seem to shine more quickly with Cory than with any other foundation.
This is a winner on price, coverage and shade but I wish it would stay matte for longer. I currently use it as my every day 'Go To'.
In the meantime, La Mer is still my overall HG. It probably costs 10 x more than Cory...........
UPDATE. Had to downgrade my review. I wrote my review in the Autumn. This can't stand up to any sort of warm weather, even the English spring was too warm/humid for it and it made me shiny so fast. Also the colour seems to have changed. How can that be? I don't know but this latest jar of it is definitely not as good as the product I used in the autumn/winter....The search goes on.
Hmm, tough call on Cory.
~Contains only two ingredients, so it's great for us breakout-prone gals who still need to wear foundation.
~Covers well, if you layer it.
~Layer it and it cakes. A lot. And looks chalky.
~Color selection is vast, BUT the palest colors seem to be a choice between chalk white and mustard yellow (I've ordered about 6 and have to mix them all to get a human-colored shade, which even then isn't always great).
~CIGARETTE STINK on EVERYTHING!!!!! Both times I've ordered I've had to open the packages and put the jars outside to air out, and it still takes a couple days until I can bring myself to use them.
~Like others have said, the powder isn't very finely milled, and yes, I too have gotten many an odd red streak across my face for no apparent reason when applying.
I've orderd from Cory twice, and not because I was super pleased, but because I felt I had little alternative, since as far as I know this is the only mineral foundation that doesn't seem to break me out like others do. *Sigh*
For that reason I'd recommend trying it to anyone in the same boat skin-wise, but buyer beware of the aforementioned cons, because they definitely are ever-present.