Is Mary Kay A Scam? A ‘Pink’ Pyramid Scheme? The Truth is Shocking!

Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?  What is Mary Kay Cosmetics about, these days, anyway?   Could selling Mary Kay Cosmetics make you rich?   We break down the biz, crunch the numbers, and give you comprehensive Mary Kay reviews…  You will be shocked by what we unveil!  Our review is a MUST-READ if you would like to become a Mary Kay consultant!

 

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WHAT IS MARY KAY COSMETICS ABOUT, THESE DAYS?:

To Mary Kay’s benefit, their company is in the top-ten queried MLM searches on the Internet these days.  That means that anyone looking to start a work from home business has considered, (or is considering), selling Mary Kay. 

Clearly, Mary Kay must no longer be synonymous with little old ladies in pink Cadillacs for them to remain this popular through the decades.  (Four and a half decades, to be exact! 45 lonnng years in business.)

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Mary Kay maintains a pretty positive image.

They boast over $3 billion in sales each year.  Yes, you heard that right, $3 billion in yearly sales!  Clearly, someone is buying Mary Kay’s potions and lotions, and profits are going somewhere.

Based on Mary Kay’s massive $3 billion in revenue, we’d expect to be seeing pink Mary Kay Cadillacs all over town.  But sadly, we haven’t.  We haven’t even so much as seen a Mary Kay decal on the back of a car in, like, forever.  Have you?   

SO, CAN YOU ACTUALLY MAKE REAL MONEY SELLING MARY KAY’S POTIONS AND LOTIONS?

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IS MARY KAY A SCAM? IS MARY KAY A PYRAMID SCHEME?:

mary kay review depicting financial losses with image of woman holding empty wallet and cryingWell, first off, and most alarmingly, we found that over 99% of Mary Kay consultants actually LOSE money by entering their business. 

(HOLY CRAP!)

This stat comes directly from a detailed report commenced by the FTC after reviewing the income tax returns of the Mary Kay consultants.  So much for Mary Kay’s ‘Empowering Women and Changing Lives’ mantra!  Yeah, more like, ‘Robbing Women and Destroying Lives’!

Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?:

Sadly, there is SUCH A LARGE NUMBER of financial losers from Mary Kay’s terrible business model, there’s a very detailed and thorough website devoted JUST TO IT!   O-M-G!

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SO, HOW DOES MARY KAY GET AWAY WITH THIS?

mary kay review, zippered mouth emojiMary Kay is very discreet about their actual numbers.  (Well, with stats this bad, we can understand why).  We were, however, able to find their 2015 Income Disclosure Statement from Canada.  Here is an excerpt from it:

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Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?: THE DIRTY DEED WE UNCOVERED:

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Mary Kay sneakily keeps a large portion of their failing reps off the books in their Income Disclosure statement.  How?  By adding these two qualifiers:   1.) The sales rep must have made at least one $225 purchase throughout the year and 2.) The rep was in the biz *longer than a year*. 

Did you catch that, in the Mary Kay Income Disclosure, above?  We underlined it so you wouldn’t miss it. 

WHAT IS MARY KAY COSMETICS ABOUT?:  DECEPTION.

Based on these qualifiers, we created a representation from the Mary Kay Income Disclaimer, which you will see, below.    (We also took the extra effort for this ‘Is Mary Kay a Scam’ review to number-crunch and count each consultant only once, at the highest income bracket they were able to achieve):

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Percent of Mary Kay reps making profit, in business more than one year, in Canada.  

 

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NOW, IF THAT PIE CHART WASN’T SCARY ENOUGH, OUR MARY KAY REVIEW GETS FAR WORSE!… 

Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?:  WHAT ABOUT MARY KAY’S CHURN RATE?

rodan and fields review, shocked faceMary Kay’s yearly churn rate is staggering!  (What is a churn rate? It’s basically how many people who enter and leave the business within a year.)   

Mary Kay hides this ugly statistic under lock and key.  However, we were able to find some fraud files dating back to 2006 and 2007.    These fraud files detailed how 480,000 American women entered Mary Kay in 2006.  But, the same amount, 480,000 women, also left the company within that year.  Based on the data over the years, this quota is fairly consistent each and every year.  

Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?:  MARY KAY IS A REVOLVING DOOR.

Mary Kay definitely does not want you to know about these half-million women that are failing, selling their product each year!!!

Mary Kay only wants to talk about the number she kept on her books at any given snapshot in time.  Worse, yet, 69% of the women she has on her books at any given time will quit within the year.

The numbers are very grim.

Sadly, each churned Mary Kay consultant would have likely invested thousands and thousands of dollars into Mary Kay products but will still remain unaccounted for, and left off the first pie chart.  This is because these Mary Kay consultants wisely left Mary Kay within 12 months once they realized they had invested in a sinking ship.  So, what is Mary Kay Cosmetics about, really? Losing money.

So, Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?:  Yes!:

MARY KAY MANIPULATES AND MISREPRESENTS THEIR DATA:

It is now clear that Mary Kay very sneakily manipulated their data by only using income stats for woman ‘who remained in their business for more than a year’.  Now we can clearly see where this $3 billion in revenue is coming from—the pockets of all of Mary Kay’s churned-and-burned reps ‘front-loading’ their soon-to-fail business. 

Based on this outright deception, is Mary Kay a Scam?  Absolutely!  Is Mary Kay a pyramid scheme? Beyond a shadow of a doubt! 

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Once you account for churned-and-burned Mary Kay consultants,  (assuming that Canada has the same churn rate as America, which studies by Sole-Smith show it does), the awfule pie chart really looks like this:

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The largest section of the chart in blue, accounts for the 99.5% of women who spent money to join Mary Kay…  They bought products.  Thousands upon thousands of dollars in products, even. They devoted time and business expenses.  And still, they couldn’t make a single dollar in profit over the course of an entire year. 

What a terrible business model!!!

So, what is Mary Kay Cosmetics about, really?  Outright deceiving and scamming women!

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So, Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?:  Yes!:

HERE ARE SOME MORE STOMACH-CHURNING STATS WE’VE CRUNCHED FOR YOU:

melaleleuca review, the bad, thumbs down graphicShockingly, only 300 of more than 600,000 American Mary Kay reps will ever make a six-figure income—and they spend innumerable hours and their own money earning it.  And that’s before business expenses and profit losses, too.  Horrific!

melaleleuca review, the bad, thumbs down graphicOnly 1 out of every 200 women that enter Mary Kay are even able to make between a single dollar and $100 over the course of an entire year. 

Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?:  OUR FINAL VERDICT:

Based on these horrific figures, we have ZERO QUALMS stating the obvious:

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PER OUR THOROUGH DIGGING AND NUMBER-CRUNCHING, MARY KAY (BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT), IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER SCAM!

Now, if looking at that pie chart didn’t get you straight off your chair and leave you running for the hills, and you’re still intrigued how Mary Kay is such an exploitative business, feel free to read more dirt, here: READ MORE

Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?: Yes!

OUR BEST ADVICE?: RUN FROM MARY KAY COSMETICS!!!

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We won’t waste any more time pointing out the flaws of the awful Mary Kay pyramid scheme in this ‘Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?’ review.  Mary Kay’s awful numbers speak for themselves, and reading Mary Kay reviews just makes us heartsick!   

Spending any more time researching this company any further is as pointless as trying to sell their products.  It would amount to precious time fully wasted! 

But, if you’re still not thoroughly convinced that Mary Kay is the most-awful MLM under the sun, a wolf in ‘pink’ clothing, you can always visit PinkTruth to read more heartbreaking Mary Kay reviews and find out more of What is Mary Kay Cosmetics about.

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With this business, you won’t ever have to ‘front-load’, product-hoard, harass your friends to make ‘pity-purchases’, or recruit, recruit, recruit.  You won’t ever have to pass along overrated cosmetics as Christmas gifts, or even sell to anyone directly!

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Wishing you future wealth, health and happiness!

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P.S. We hope you enjoyed our ‘Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?’ review. We would love to hear your personal experiences with Mary Kay products, your thoughts on the Mary Kay Income Disclosure and their awful churn rate.

Are you a past or current Mary Kay Consultant?  We would love if you shared your experiences to add to our Mary Kay reviews on our ‘Is Mary Kay a Scam? Is Mary Kay a Pyramid Scheme?’ review!  As a courtesy, please do not attach any Mary Kay affiliate links.

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17 Replies to “Is Mary Kay A Scam? A ‘Pink’ Pyramid Scheme? The Truth is Shocking!”

  1. Working for a mlm company like Mary Kay is hard work. Certainly not for the fainthearted. If you don’t have lots of customers, you end up with the short end of the stick. It looks attractive on the outside, but a different story entirely when you become a consultant. You spend money and time, with little profits

  2. While it is an undeniable fact that people make money by being involved in Mary Kay’s multi level marketing scheme, the majority, who are at the bottom rarely get anything tangible to be considered as real wealth. Those at the top continually feed off the efforts of those at the bottom.

  3. Hello Twinsatthetop, this is an exhaustive article and an eye-opener. For a fact, Mary Kay does look like a pink pyramid scheme. Unfortunately, many women are caught up in the web. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

  4. Although Mary Kay’s mlm offers seems too good to be true, it is the real deal. There is verifiable evidence of individuals who’ve got wealth via promoting Mary Kay products. It is not for every woman (same with other mlm schemes). If you are up to the task and can comfortably take up the workload, there will be so many positives to tell.

  5. There is hardly any mlm that ensures wealth for every participant. For some, it works out well, for others, it’s an unpleasant experience. On the flip side, I think Mary Kay needs to be forthcoming with the truth. What truth? You can’t do it easily. Only few can “have it all”. Mary Kay mlm is hard work.

  6. I’d be interested in seeing how many people have got the pink Cadillac since inception. Mary Kay promises flexibility and personal fulfilment for women. However, the reverse seems to be the case. College grads seems to be the most vulnerable of the lot. This company plunges women in debt.

  7. I have no interest whatsoever in a business where I have to constantly discount products I sell with the hope that it would guarantee more sales. How about having to sell products clearly overpriced to friends and family? This is a no-no. I’ll pass.

  8. “These fraud files detailed how 480,000 American women entered Mary Kay in 2006. But, the same amount, 480,000 women, also left the company within that year.”
    Poor souls. They got hit with the reality that Mary Kay was a sham.

  9. As a consultant, having to continually pay for products that are difficult to sell is frustrating. To make sales you have to discount often. Doing that translates to less profit per sale. Also Spending $200 on purchases every 3 months so as not to miss out on commissions unacceptable. The time to opt out is now.

  10. To earn a reasonable profit from Mary Kay mlm, you have to lie, trick and deceive people to get onboard. You sell a false dream and portray a false impression of how you have benefited from the company. Mary Kay thrives on dishonesty.

  11. If you need to do away with some of your wealth, try Mary Kay. They sure will help you do that. They’ve been helping women lose a large amount of money for decades. They ain’t slowing down or stopping soon. If you need a description of what a pyramid scheme looks like, Mary Kay fits.

  12. The reviews and horror stories are enough red flags to dissuade potential Victims (yes victims). Yet, more and more people are getting in. Mary Kay certainly has an attractive brand story and concept. I do hope this review by Twinsatthetop stops the next potential victim of this scam.

  13. I joined Mary Kay and things changed. I dress well and look great. Helps my self-image. One person’s experience is not the same for everyone. Mary Kay for me is just a way to get some extra cash in my pocket. Nothing more.

  14. Mary Kay always shows the pleasant side of the mlm scheme. You never get to hear of consultant frustration and other negatives. I’m glad I found this well laid out review. This will save me from potential heartbreak. I’m sharing this.

  15. Hi Twinsatthetop, thanks for this review. I hope the alternatives you endorsed lives up to its billing. Looking forward to being a part of a business model that is fair and transparent.

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