If You Have to Pretend Mary Kay is Prestigious…

Every so often, my former area in Mary Kay would get on this kick about pretending Mary Kay was a prestigious product and that the consultant’s time at a skin care class was a rare and valuable thing. We were supposed to make women WANT to have a party or buy products or become a recruit by pretending this was such a special chance for them!

I don’t disagree that my time is valuable, but I’m not interested in pretending that it’s a big privilege to be around me. Especially if the way you get to be with me is if you agree to listen to me blather about Mary Kay. I’d rather not pretend that I have only two openings next week (when I really have the entire week free) so that I can sound busy and ask you which is better for you.

Yes, women do like to be around successful people, but if you have to pretend to be successful and in-demand for MK skin care classes, what’s the point? You’re going to pretend to be busy so that she perceives this is a wonderful opportunity and books an appointment with you?

On a daily basis, women also pretend that Mary Kay has the same level of quality as department store brands. Some women even refer to them as “prestige” brands. This perception of quality is necessary, because without it, the products would never be sold. (Not that a whole lot is sold to begin with, but you get my drift.)

I’ve long held the belief that Mary Kay is on par with products bought at Walgreen’s, Target, or Wal-Mart. If women like the products and they work, that’s just fine. But they’re simply not of the same level of quality as the more expensive brands. Yet they’re priced like they are.

Why are the products priced at a higher level if the quality doesn’t merit it? Because Mary Kay has to pay commissions to so many levels of the pyramid.  The only way to do it is by inflating the price of the products. And along with that, you must inflate the image of the product.

Why do I bring this all up? Because it’s just one more part of the massive shell game that Mary Kay plays. Each day, women in Mary Kay pretend they’re successful, pretend they’re master recruiters, pretend they’re actually supporting their families with MK, pretend they’re “on target” for a goal, and pretend that they didn’t have to recruit their dog to make it through DIQ.

Mary Kay is based upon numerous deceptions, and sites like Pink Truth are the only way to expose these deceptions to the general public and help prevent women from getting involved with the company.

13 Comments

      1. BestDecision

        I’m going to bet that, for the few customers that bought them, their reorder rate is low. They actually told the sales force it was a “revolutionary” product. No, it’s not. It’s mode of delivering Vitamin C might, but there are tons of C products out there already. And way cheaper!

    1. ran4fun

      I never heard of these sheet masks until it was brought up here. So a few days ago I was at Walmart, and out of curiosity I looked – there were dozens of different formula sheet masks by different companies. The most expensive one was $2.50. Who in their right mind would pay $17.50 for a MK mask? smh

  1. Christy

    Same goes for the jewelry mlms – cheap stuff made in China and sold at exhorbitant mark ups. The sales pitches a hilarious… “rhodium plated – rhodium is more expensive than platinum!” Truth: any jeweler knows it is the cheapest way to plate pot metal – it ads no value whatsoever!. “lifetime warrantee – get your piece replaced for $10 – $20 for any reason – you can’t lose!” Truth: you were so badly hosed the first time you bought the piece – you’re just buying the replacement at/above cost! Could go on and on….

  2. Princess Lea

    Sheet masks and c squares?!? I’ve been out of Mary Kay too long lol! These new products sound so prestigious! I can’t believe I actually bought into that lie! I booked so many parties on that whole “I only have two spots left next week, would you prefer Thursday night or Saturday morning?” blah blah blah lol! Sadly, it works on women.

  3. Morningstar

    I just realized that the nail in the coffin for me was the wonderful prestigious switch to the mineral eyeshadow formula. I am allergic to nothing else in life but that formula. My eyes had red raw skin on the lid and up to the brow. I was at the dr office for checkup and dr asked ” what is wrong with your eyes?, it looks similar to a nickel reaction.” I pinpointed my switch in cosmetic shadow and she promptly told me to stop immediately and come back if it doesn’t clear in a week. It cleared after I stopped using it. Alarmed I contacted MK corporate and got their cheesy response that I am an exception. I told them I am not selling that to people based on my experience and of course they politely told me I don’t exhibit the positive attitude of a MK consultant. Then I quit.

    1. BestDecision

      The whole mineral line came AFTER Bare Minerals was already a hit. Once again, MK was late to the party. And they STILL have that formula with only a couple of matte shades. Way behind the rest of the market!

    2. ran4fun

      “My eyes had red raw skin on the lid and up to the brow.”

      Morningstar, I had the same thing after using MK… Eyelid dermatitis. Not fun… 🙁

      I’m actually allergic to many of MK products. Funny thing is, I was never sensitive to anything before using MK.

  4. Shay

    Let’s not forget these “skin care” classs are dupes themselves–often times women are duped in to going
    It’s like getting duped in to listening to a presentation and it’s really a time share seminars with high pressure sales.

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