This weekend, Chrissy at My Cosmetic Bag (a site for all things makeup!) posted a review of her experience with a Mary Kay “facial.” One of the common criticisms of Mary Kay here at Pink Truth is that the facials aren’t really facials at all. And that the “facial” is simply an opportunity to try to recruit you into the scheme. Chrissy’s review fully supports those criticisms, and is from an “outsider,” …. someone with no skin in the game on either side of the Mary Kay argument.
You can read the whole piece at “Bamboozled by Mary Kay,” but a few of the more interesting snippets are here:
“You will experience our Indulge Pampering which includes a 3-step hand spa, 2 step lip treatment, ultimate facial with microdermabrasion experience, PLUS a mineral color makeover! You are welcome to invite along any others you might like to join you – friends, family, co-workers, etc. And its all free :)”
I could not have been more wrong. When we arrived, we were rushed into a small room where other women were sitting around large conference tables, plates of product samples and mirrors in front of them. I immediately started wondering what I’d gotten us into. I sat down, already wary of the night, but since it wasn’t exactly easy to get there I thought I might as well just get it over with. There were droplets of product samples in front of me. They were numbered 1-10 and there wasn’t any information about the products or their ingredients nearby, so I was already a bit annoyed. There were probably about 20 other women in the room.
Then, the sales director said something that really caught my attention in a negative way. She said that one of the sales women under her employ especially benefited from being able to make her own hours because her husband had recently been diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer. It was good that she didn’t have to work regular hours because she could now spend time with her dying husband. For those of you who know me, you know that cancer is a subject that particularly hits close to the heart for me. I immediately didn’t like this lady. Another family’s experience with cancer is not a selling point for you to get a group of other woman to sell makeup. It’s an extremely personal and horrifying experience that you completely just put on blast for your own benefit. That was not okay with me. I thought it was completely shameless and borderline disgusting that she had the nerve to try and spin that angle. I wanted to leave, but for the sake of myCosmeticBag I decided I should at least try the product samples in front of me.
The article goes on to detail how the session was nothing close to the “pampering” that was promised. She washed her own face, had consultants who had no knowledge of the products they were pushing, and ended up with makeup that wasn’t flattering on her.
Chrissy calls the whole experience “misleading,” because:
“… what they think will be an evening of spa pampering, only to find out that they would be spoken down to and directed to put products on their faces in which the “professionals” knew nothing about – she should really find a new method of sales. If she had just told me directly that she’d like me to try out some of the products and consider selling them myself, I would have been more open to the experience…”
Welcome to the Mary Kay experience, Chrissy. It’s not really about selling makeup. It’s about recruiting others to recruit others. The makeup is simply the bait used by desperate women who are trying to recruit. And about that sales director who told you she doubled her income with Mary Kay? My money says she’s making a fraction of what she used to, but you’ll never know because she’ll never back up her claims with proof. It is all part of the pattern and practice of using misleading and false earnings claims to get women into Mary Kay.
Thank you for sharing your experience, Chrissy!