Facts, opinions, and the real story behind Mary Kay Cosmetics.

My Decision to Quit Mary Kay

Written by Raisinberry

When I quit Mary Kay, it was mostly due to reading Pink Truth, and a validation of finally seeing in print, what I thought I alone suspected, all along. The words we were never able to utter, were plastered all over the comments and articles on these pages. I felt naked and exposed. I was looking at my screen, and seeing “me” in all my denial.

I always loved the women in my unit. I thought the world of them, and still do. Walking away was hard because I thought it would mean I would leave them defenseless. By the time I found Pink truth, I had already stopped the frontloading. I stopped recruiting guests/customers out from under my unit members who hadn’t even made a sale from them yet.

I was taking it slow with my unit. We were talking “selling.” Many directors I knew were saying the same thing. We were going to rebuild everybody’s customer base and offer the opportunity to only those who had already been hostesses, as Mary Kay herself had told us. We stopped the debuts that were really mini guest events, and stopped recruiting our new people’s people before they ever got a chance to hold a class.

We were beginning fresh. And in three months, we were tanking, barely pulling in the minimum wholesale to stay a unit. Eyes wide open, it was decision time for me.

My NSD was right. Production comes from new recruits, frontloaded with as much inventory as their little cards could handle. Anything ordered by existing unit members was extra. Let that sink in… orders from consultants who were selling were generally minimal. Oh sure, a unit here or there has someone who has been around a while and is consistently selling and reordering. But for the most part, directors can’t count on production for existing unit members.

It wasn’t really the production drop that pushed me over the edge when deciding to leave Mary Kay. I built my unit back up many times, but after I found Pink Truth, I couldn’t do it anymore. I knew too much.

Once a person starts reading this site and realizes how much is concealed, how “Positive Mental Attitude” is used to keep everyone in the dark, it just sickens the soul.

I had decided that my upline was just “pink fogged,” as I had been, and not malicious or self serving. I just couldn’t believe that she knew how deceptive Mary Kay really was. She had to be like me, fogged and in denial. Then I found out I was wrong. Wow, was that disappointing.

It is a painful thing to admit that I walked away and left my personal and unit recruits in the hands of a woman who is lying to them and lying to herself.

Once I left Mary Kay, it was is I had fallen into the clutches of the dark side of the force. Too bad. I was such a good Director. So sad. My mind was poisoned by truth.

What is truth? Are we at Pink Truth right, or did we just have many bad examples of the worst kind of behavior? Is Mary Kay right – in that this is just an opportunity and women with poor ethics rise to the top and teach others to do the same? How is that the opportunity’s fault – the company’s fault?

It takes a return to ethics and a long hard look in the mirror to realize that you have looked the other way for your own self serving gains… and maybe preservation. You have slanted the “truth” to accommodate what others may want to hear. You have omitted information to manipulate the perception of your listeners. Truth is truth.

But it’s perspective that decides what you will believe. As long as you won’t look at all the facts, you will live just short of the truth. That’s why Mary Kay and the NSDs and directors do not want you reading this site. You will have a major “perspective” change, and that will change your “truth.”

Mary Kay’s motive is profit. Never forget that. They have decades worth of former consultants and Directors who have attested to the truth we are posting here, and they do not care, nor change, what they do. Their goal is to prevent you from finding us, believing us, because the way things are currently done in Mary Kay, is simply too profitable.



  1. cindylu

    Sad that trying to do MK the right way just means no income. It shows that this has absolutely nothing to do with Skin Care Classes, make overs or caring for women. It definitely has nothing to do with Faith first, Family second and Career third. Forget the golden rule too. A bunch of women boasting about their cars, fake executive income and how wonderful MK is. In the end I came to realize that my SD was very self centred and uncaring. PT showed me that many women who are falsely honored with sashes, a hideous throne, prizes, cars and trips have sadly lied their way to that pathetic position. MK has enslaved hundreds of women with the false belief that with hard work they can make executive income. Women are told that MK is a Christian business. We order products and the company changes them days later. Now I also realize that when directors leave their unit goes to the vultures. Nothing in MK is caring, kind, compassionate, ethical or truthful. Even if you make it to Director, SD, or NSD, you have debt, aging products and you have sold your soul for false accolades.

  2. EyesWideShutNoMore

    A few years back, the Queen of Unit sales for Canada was the daughter of a sales director who was always top in ON for recruiting. The daughter came out of nowhere and was all of a sudden #1. I didn’t go to seminar to see it in person, but from the pics in Applause, she looked very uncomfortable and with a strained smile. You could almost SEE the word Faker above her head like a thought bubble. Word has it that she and her mom ordered HUGE amounts of inventory to push her to the top. She disappeared after that (Pretty sure, unless she goes by a different last name) and so did the mom. However, I just saw in October’s Recognition that the mom is back by way of a $3600 inventory purchase. ?. How nervy, and hard necked! The mom wasn’t who you’d call a respectable person, not a lot of other sds had nice things to say about her so I get the impression she’ll do whatever it takes to “win.” MK isn’t a respectable venture anyway, but she was quite trashy with her shortened skirts and Eff me heels, plus she’s over 50. Sorry, but unless you’re Tina Turner belting out Proud Mary, keep the skirt to a respectable length! Corp loooooved her though, many times she was a speaker at various events, sharing her “tips” to bamboozle the next victim.

  3. Peaches

    Here’s the thing… So many people have “real” dreams of putting their children through college or private school, the need for a better home, better car or groceries that they buy into the hype of Mary Kay. It’s a science to it… Find the need and needle women that they can do better for themselves and their families and then WHAM… Charge their cards, encourage them to take out new loans or qualify for new cards, Borrow from any or everyone and then order inventory to the maximum of their money level save shipping, tax and other ancillaries. Then, do a debut, recruit, recruit, recruit… some sales and “see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya”

    So many women want to believe in something, but MK is not that thing. I hope others can learn from the mistakes of others and the revelations that are here on pink truth. Because if you want the truth, you will find it here, not from your SD or her upline.

  4. Cindylu

    When we are told this is a business, then buying (Product) inventory seems reasonable. MK herself says you can’t sell from an empty wagon. Trouble is MK is a pyramid mlm scheme. Also there is no real training. Everything we do is counter productive. Absolutely no where to advertise. For five decades women have been misled into believing that MK is a workable business model. It isn’t. Also the heirs, NSDs and MK Corporate CEO’s profit from taking advantage of many women’s trusting nature. Thousands of women are taken advantage of so a few mean spirited and greedy deceivers can profit. Thank goodness some Directors, NSD, Red Jackets, husbands and IBC’s are warning others.

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