Speak of the Devil: Mary Kay’s Wacky Word Wizardry

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Inventory & Selling

Written by The Scribbler

If you’ve walked the earth long enough (or at least as long to have witnessed Prince go through three name changes) you know that one’s choice of words can make or break a given situation.

I’m a Midwestern native – a part of the country where tornado shelters and weather radios are issued to people shortly after they are aspirated and given an Apgar score. This past month our county was branded seven ways from Sunday with tornado watches. One stormy evening I had to figure out where my toddler and I were going to hunker down should the state song start blaring. When it did, we tucked ourselves away – not in a “storm shelter” or a “tornado bunker” – but a “storm hideout.” While referring to our refuge as a “hideout” made it more appealing to my child, I knew the truth. We could have called it the clubhouse, the roadhouse, or Isengard, for that matter – despite the cutsie name, the basement closet was still just a closet.

Your Experience in Mary Kay Wasn’t Real

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Pink Truth Critics

I got this touching email from a Kaybot, letting me know that the stories on Pink Truth aren’t “the actual experience” in Mary Kay. So I feel it is my duty to inform all of you who have shared your stories here that they are false. You did not experience that and it was not real. So there! (And all typos are hers!)


no one believes your hype anymore. it is so over the top, so NOT what the actual experience that consultants and directors have. ‘praying on insecurities’ hahaha…’returing inventory and recovery’ hahahaha all your terms are so dramatic, so intense, is there a 12 Step recovery you’d advise too?

Reasons to Order

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That’s right… this article isn’t about selling and ordering to replenish. This isn’t about selling and ordering to fulfill those sales. Nope. It’s about ordering. Just ordering. Because there are many, many reasons to order Mary Kay products when you’re a consultant. And very few involve actually selling anything.

While this piece mentions you know your consultants are selling, none of the “reasons” to actually have to do with selling. That’s part of the rampant deception in Mary Kay. The words say selling, but the actions do not.

An Open Letter To My Offspring Director

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Quitting Mary Kay, Sales Directors

A letter from a former Mary Kay sales director to her offspring sales director. This letter really captures the essence of the Pink Truth mission. Getting women to understand that reality of MLMs, the predatory nature of Mary Kay, and that there is life after Mary Kay.


When we met four months ago, and I told you I was leaving Mary Kay directorship, I know it took you by surprise.  I had always presented to you the model image of a senior sales director.  As I was taught, I never complained to you or expressed doubts about the business.  I always presented the positive.  I encouraged you in everything you were trying to do to grow your unit and lead your consultants to success.

Mary Kay Skincare Class Reality

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Business Basics

This story was shared by one of Pink Truth’s members. It is an excellent story for anyone thinking of getting involved with Mary Kay Cosmetics. This story is not the exception. It is the rule!

I must share my story with Pink Truth, because it will help some women out there lurking on this site… trying to make a decision whether they should stay in the pink fog or whether they should get out and never look back.

This past Saturday I did my last skincare party. I did it because this person was a bride that I met at a bridal show back in February. I tried to cancel and I advised her that I was no longer doing Mary Kay. Well long story short she had invited people from out of town for this “pampering session” so I felt really bad and off I went to pamper her and her guest.

A Two Time Mary Kay Loser Says We Are Just Angry

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Pink Truth Critics

A visitor to Pink Truth, who failed spectacularly at Mary Kay twice, says we are all just angry and bitter. Mary Kay is actually wonderful, and we are apparently stopping women from experience all of its wonderfulness. (No, dear reader, I am NOT a personal use consultant. I do not support Mary Kay in any way. Its products are horrible, its practices are even worse, and I would die before giving one red cent to the company or promoting any participation in it.)

Hi Tracy, I found your blog a few days ago when trying to look up some info about MK for a couple of friends. It would surprise me if you share my thoughts but I hope you will. I watch Fox News because vs. CNN or MSNBC because I like to hear different sides. There are always 2 sides (or many more) to every story. From the posts I read it sounds as if you are angry and bitter about MK. As a reader I wonder why you are a personal use consultant. Why would you support a company you so strongly detest? Here is my story…

How Do Women Get Sucked Into Mary Kay? Why Do They Stay?

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Culture & Manipulation

Written by SuzyQ

OK, so here’s the thing…

So many people ask the question…  how do women get sucked into MK and why do they stay?

Easy.  Most of us do not get the recognition we crave in our everyday lives.  No one applauds when we clean out the fridge, clean and folded clothes are magically delivered into drawers by the clothes fairy, and food and shelter are provided respectively by the food and shelter fairies.

Mary Kay Says They’re Not a Pyramid

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Culture & Manipulation

 Mary Kay Cosmetics explains why the company is not a pyramid scheme and not a multi-level marketing comany. And Pink Truth responds.

“We’re not a pyramid scheme!”

“We’re not an MLM!”

You hear Mary Kay’s loyal followers chant these themes over and over. I think it’s pretty clear that Mary Kay Cosmetics is a barely legal product-based pyramid scheme. The company is built upon an endless chain of recruiting, and profits come from the frontloading of inventory.

As Robert FitzPatrick so eloquently explains, there really is no “profit” in an MLM, merely just a transfer of money from the lower level people to those at the top of the pyramid.

How Mary Kay Sales Directors Can Get Consultants to Order More

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Inventory & Selling

Let’s not kid ourselves. Getting consultants to order more inventory is the heart of the pyramid scheme: recruit and frontload. Notice that this email has absolutely NOTHING to do with selling the product. It is pure recruiting and scamming orders out of newbies.

All of this ordering is encouraged without regard to any consultant’s personal situation. No regard to her inventory. No regard to her sales. Only regard to has she ordered yet? And if she has ordered, was it enough? And if it was enough, do I need more?

At Whose Expense?

Written by TRACY on . Posted in Relationships

Written by NoEscape

In Mary Kay we are told to take short term sacrifices for long term gains. But at whose expense? We are told to be women who find a way and make a way. But at whose expense? We are told to share this “opportunity” with everyone, never prejudge. But at whose expense?

We are crafted into believing that we really do want to be directors, that we LOVE that pink caddy, and our lifetime goal and dream is to become that all-glorified NSD. But at whose expense? We are told we are in business for ourselves but not by ourselves. Someone will be there for us every step of the way. But at whose expense? That we can’t sell from an empty wagon. That the product sells itself. We need to stock up on certain products. But at whose expense?