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  • Cari

    I was an MK consultant. I had a great sales director, and YES, the push to buy & keep inventory was & is a hard sell. Plus you’re so “in” to the idea, you do it. After doing great for quite a while, skin care parties were hard, as I was inside potential customer environments – and clearly saw what they could *not* afford: makeup! I’d worked in Corporate Sales before, could assess my customer base, our area was extremely saturated. Time to go.
    Id buy the yearly minimum for myself & family, then dropped after a couple years. The makeup is great, but not enough to stay.

    Anyone who says it isnt a something, consider this:
    My sales director attained Natl after hubby moved three times, helping her grow teams in four large states. Until that happened, she was stuck on the lowest sales director rung, and not happy about it [Especially with ALL four of her sisters: Directors at various levels.]

  • Jazmin Daniels
    Jazmin Daniels

    Hi! I became a beauty consultant in June so I cant speak on how things were a few years back. Now if you ever want to quit Mary kay they will buy back ALL of your product (i think they dock 10% for processing) so its VERY LITTLE RISK (you get your money back if you decide its not for you and you have unsold product). I have only hosted 2 parties (which has netted me close to 2k) in these 3 months (i’m not a sales-y people person lol). I utilize a combination of facebook, youtube vids and IG and in 3months I’ve profited close to $12k. So its been good for me. The products are good and outsell many of the brand names I used to use. There are more MaryKay company cars on the road today than UPS trucks (look it up :) *Our Microdermabrasion Set is the ONLY one on the market that is CLINICALLY proven to reduce pore size. *Our mineral eyeshadows outsold Mac’s by 3 to 1. *Our oil-free eye makeup remover is #1 and outsells the #2 brand by an overwhelming 8 to 1 ratio.*We have products mentioned in 7 different high end magazines this month alone (beauty editors picks… the advertisements you cannot buy!). So for me its been good. I’ve just about replaced my income as an engineer working part time. So its been a life saver for me :)

  • Angie

    Mary Kay is a scam, 100%. Check out There’s a reason why consultants are told to buy large amounts of inventory every couple of months. The worst part is…products are constantly changing and being discontinued, so you have to buy even more inventory. MK is basically a cult…these people are so brainwashed!

  • Courtney

    A very good review; I heard of Mary Kay many years ago,the fact that that the company still exists must mean they are doing something right. How balance is the system?, it seems to way a little heavier on the side of the company.
    I am surprised that there are no regulations when it comes to retail prices.Have the formula been the same from the sixties or were there changes. The expiration dates of purchased stock is troubling. I assume the product is high quality to remain competitive for so long.

  • Angela

    Hi, Steve! I had never read such a clear explanation of how Mary Kay consulting works so thanks for the simple facts! I appreciated that you included the pros as well as the cons so I could weigh the decision out for myself. I think I’ll stick to WA personally!

  • Mara

    There are loads of women local to me whoa re involved in MLM programmes, selling beauty products or ranges. Mary Kay is not so big where we are, but there are others like Avon, Arbonne, Temple Spa, Neal’s Yard…and the list goes on. In my experience it’s usually only the people who get in right at the beginning that make anything substantial in the way of income. More often than not, if you’re lower down the chain it becomes exceptionally hard work for not much reward. The main benefits I can see for these sellers is that they can get some stuff for free for themselves. But that’s not enough for me!

  • gregS

    Hi Steve,
    Mary Kay has almost been around as long as me!. This company is well known, and their idea of selling at parties would suit those who are out-going types.
    I wonder if you could sell at markets/fairs?
    As you say, because the company is so old, i believe the market is saturated, and that means less profit per consultant. A new company with newer products could be better to join.

  • Glen

    It is interesting how an MLM company like Mary Kay uses the MLM business model by moving the sales and training function down to the distributors. But then places restrictions on the selling of the product. It sounds like Avon would be a better business opportunity for the average person.

  • Heather

    I love Mary Kay products, and I used to be a consultant several years ago. There were several people in my family and we order it this way. I only hosted a couple of parties, but it was a great way to get discounted products. I have not used Mary Kay in a while, but I did see a Pink car the other day, so there is still a market for it. 

    • Steve Razinski
      Steve RazinskiFounder

      Thanks for sharing your experiences Heather! Did you find it challenging to host parties after your first few? Seeing as most people start with their social circles, I have always imagined it would be hard to continue this style of business after a few months. 

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