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

You Poison Minds

Another critic of Mary Kay who knows all the catch phrases…

There is a reason that Mary Kay Cosmetics has been the #1 selling cosmetics in the U.S for years! I am very offended by your comments, and of your insensitivity towards not only Mary Kay herself, but also to individual sales directors and NSDs.

I completely understand that you are entitled to your opinion, but you are sadly mistaken. I have known more women who were beaten down into spineless nothings before they got into the WONDERFUL business of Mary Kay. Now they are empowered, self assured, and most likely making a lot more money then most of the rest of us do. If Mary Kay doesn’t work for you then fine, don’t do it. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not go bashing it just because you don’t like it.

The women in Mary Kay are some of the most selfless, giving, loving, wonderful friends that I have. I thank GOD for them everyday. If you didn’t happen to meet women like that then I am truly sorry. But remember, there are self-centered jerks in every business, NOT JUST MARY KAY. I completely admit that there might be some self-serving women in Mary Kay who are only in it for the money. But for the other 99.9% of them, they are in it because they have a passion to help other women have a BETTER LIFE.

Women like me. I was in an emotionally abusive marriage, and Mary Kay gave me the courage to GET OUT. It was the best thing that I ever did, and I never would have done it had it not been for my Mary Kay business.

You know, I could go on and on about the benefits of Mary Kay and how life-changing that it has been for me and every other woman I know who has gotten into the business. I could go on and on about how they teach the Mary Kay business plan at HARVARD because it is one of the best in the nation. But you would have to have an open mind about it, and I don’t believe that you do.

I didn’t have to write you this letter. I have no idea who you are or why you have such a hate on for Mary Kay, but I could not stay silent. How many other businesses do you know put God first, WHICH BY THE WAY IS EXACTLY WHERE HE SHOULD BE, family second, and your career third.

And as for making production when you have personal trials, that is why YOU HAVE A TEAM. It was never intended for you to do it all on your own. We are all to work together for the common goal of our unit of team members, or rather I will say our friends. It has nothing to do with working yourself to death while you are sick or having a baby or whatever. You encourage your teammates to help you, which helps them, and everyone succeeds. That is the Mary Kay way!

Know any other companies that do that? I sure don’t!

And as far as the lady that can pay for her car with her Mary Kay, MORE POWER TO HER!!! I sure as heck wouldn’t have been able to do that with my 9-5 job, which stands for journey of the broke.

Just have an open mind about it, learn your facts, and consider the fact that you could be wrong about the whole thing. And if it still bugs you that much, go to headquarters and talk to them about it. But don’t poison everyone else’s mind about it just because you don’t like it.

20 Comments

  1. Kristen

    Oh Gosh…you have jumped from one emotionally abusive relationship to another. You were a prime target for a Mary Kaybot…emotionally vulnerable, used to being controlled, desperate to hear a solution. Boy have they got one. Only you will find that you are even worse off than before.

    Read the facts here on Pink Truth. MK is not the best selling brand and it is not taught at Harvard. The women you see are not making good money, they are lying. Workplace Teams do help one another but in a real workplace, don’t go deep into debt so their coworker can get a car.

    “Just have an open mind about it, learn your facts, and consider the fact that you could be wrong about the whole thing.”

    I say this to YOU. Follow your own advice.

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  2. Emmapeelfan

    Isn’t MK mentioned as a case study at Harvard Business as an example of a pyramid scheme? I thought I read that somewhere (possibly here). So I guess it’s technically correct that it’s taught at Harvard. Sorta.

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    1. Kristen

      Yes! I’m sure that will fix everything. If Mary Kay just hears us out…I’m sure we can iron out this multimillion dollar, six decade long scam. Mary Kay Inc just probably never thought about it before.

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  3. Destiny Angel

    “And as far as the lady that can pay for her car with her Mary Kay, MORE POWER TO HER!!! I sure as heck wouldn’t have been able to do that with my 9-5 job, which stands for journey of the broke.”

    My daughter’s 17 year old friend will say different. She’s been working part-time at Macs for the past two years and bought her own car a few weeks back. While it isn’t new nor a caddy, it’s hers, no lease. She pays for her own insurance and gas.
    She even has a nice little sum of money in the bank for her college expenses.
    Admittedly she’s not paying for rent or food or any utilities but she managed her money effectively to afford what she wanted.

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  4. AnonyMouse

    You can’t go on and on about how the Mary Kay business plan is taught at Harvard BECAUSE IT ISN’T. There was one case study done on how Mary Kay Ash motivated her sales force with prizes. There may be one more case study on something else about Mary Kay. But a case study is NOT the same thing as “being taught at Harvard”. Look it up. And think about it. If Mary Kay was taught at Harvard as this amaaaaaazing “business plan”, shouldn’t all these Harvard graduates be flocking to Mary Kay after they graduate? Where are they? Not in Mary Kay. When contacted by a journalist trying to verify the claim Mary Kay was taught there, the representative from Harvard said they were considering sending a cease-and-desist to Mary Kay to get the sales force to stop saying that. Because IT ISN’T TRUE.

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  5. BestDecision

    Her 4th paragraph mirrors so many women in my unit. Emotionally empty, hurt, damaged. Prime targets to fill that need! I’ve had some push their credit cards across the table to me for inventory with tears in their eyes because they’re so fragile from a bad marriage or life experiences, and I’ve found those are the most likely to quit with a no, get their feelings hurt when they’re not included in recognition, or put their whole worth in a pin.

    Frankly, I hesitated to dive in and work with them because I felt so bad for them. But, my commission check counted on it, and we were always told I-stories of women who later became MK superstars with bad pasts.

    No more going into homes and feeling awkward when husbands storm out. No more whispering totals of sale tickets so he doesn’t hear. No more watching husbands cook dinner and feed kids while she goes to rah-rah meetings. No more walking around with the knowledge that Star Consultant really isn’t selling that much and is costing her family money.

    There’s the real truth.

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  6. NayMKWay

    I’m glad you made new friends in Mary Kay, but try announcing that you’ve decided to quit and pursue other interests. See how many stay your friends. I’m betting you will be able to count them on one toe.

    “I could go on and on about how they teach the Mary Kay business plan at HARVARD because it is one of the best in the nation. But you would have to have an open mind about it, and I don’t believe that you do.”

    Don’t take our word that that’s a lie; why don’t you call Harvard and ask for yourself? Or read this AP story from 1995 on how Harvard feels about their good name being abused:

    https://apnews.com/article/0cf50a8f79729909d760cc3a1eb903e2

    Remember to keep an open mind, now.

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  7. MultiLevelMoneyLosing

    Hm, doesn’t sound like this letter writer is a car driver herself (unlike the many former top directors who contribute here). I wonder why not? Doesn’t she “work her business?”

  8. Nancy

    The author of this post sounds as though she is absolutely perfect for Mary Kay! She comes from a background of domestic abuse and has made all kinds of new friends. She may see the light in 20 years or so. It is not our problem to enlighten her. Maybe she should just do the math and take her personal feeling/ psychosis out of the equation!

  9. Heather

    “The women in Mary Kay are some of the most selfless, giving, loving, wonderful friends that I have.”

    Many of the women I knew in MK were selfish, conceited, back-stabbing, unloving people I have ever met, and I work in healthcare. Those women were loving and giving when you ORDERED, and I guarandamntee you that they will NOT be your friends if/when you ever leave. When I stepped away from directorship and then MK as a whole, they ghosted me. I was persona non grata. Not one of them said a damn thing to me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few months later. NONE of them.

    So take that and shove it. I don’t have time for your false platitudes and praising of a company and women who don’t really care about you, your well-being, or anything other than themselves.

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    1. BestDecision

      Go, Heather! Directorship was the worst. Complete fake “sisterhood” that I realized only after debuting. Same thing happened to me after I left. They disowned me and have fallen out of my life. They criticized me returning to my career and joked that I’d be making less money than they were.

      No more $900 monthly payments looming over my shoulder. No more rent or hotel fees for meetings. No more suits I have no control over or say in their design. No more Director meetings that were all about stroking egos. No more late night computing order needs. No more convincing people my life is better than theirs. No more chargebacks of production and commission checks that take away from my bottom line income months after I worked for it. No more faking excitement over something like the Suite 13 digital platform and convincing my unit it’ll revolutionize their business. No more sashes and prizes to give to people when you know they didn’t sell a Star but just ordered it. No more Sunday night conference calls or interviews. No more month-end guessing. No more new month with new goals and big action plans or Focus Folders that make you feel strangled from all the numbers you know you can’t hit. No more October Holiday Open Houses. No more Fall Retreats.

      I’ll stop there, but you can see there’s a lot more to Directorship. You aren’t alone, Heather!

  10. Char

    “I was in an emotionally abusive marriage, and Mary Kay gave me the courage to GET OUT.”

    I’m truly sorry to hear that you were abused.

    Thing is, you’ve gone from one abusive situation to another. I’ll bet, in the beginning, he was quite the charmer, and you thought he was great. You married him didn’t you? Maybe he rescued you from a difficult situation? But, his true colors were eventually revealed.

    Now, you come here and condemn women who speak out about the abusive scam known as MLM; and you also defend one of the abusers, Mary Kay. Perhaps your husband’s ex-girlfriend tried to warn you before you married him, and you defended him at the time? This is what PinkTruth is trying to do for you, warn and educate you.

    Enjoy your honeymoon with Mary Kay – while it lasts. It won’t.

    Mary Kay is an MLM company. Do a “background check” if they tell you it’s not, and read this:

    ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/public_comments/trade-regulation-rule-disclosure-requirements-and-prohibitions-concerning-business-opportunities-ftc.r511993-00017%C2%A0/00017-57317.pdf

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  11. Truth not Pink Lies

    Mary Kay is not even close to the number one selling cosmetic brand in the US. L’Oréal tops the list, followed by Gilette, Nivea, Estée Lauder, and Clinique, which make up the top five. They are followed by Guerlain, Shiseido, Pantene, Dove, and Garnier – rounding out the top ten. Mary Kay was 15th in 2018 and that is the highest they ever got FYI

    1. Kristen

      Wonder where MK would land if they reported their actual sales to an end consumer? Isn’t their ranking of 15th based on consultants buying and warehousing unused products in garages? Or worse…if their rating of 15th is the consultants’ orders doubled.

  12. TwoPeasInAPod

    My guess is her husband wasn’t emotionally abusive, but he was critical of MK and concerned about the money they were losing. Her MK huns got wind of it and she was brainwashed into believing he is abusive.

    So many people into these MLMs think you’re abusive whenever you have a legitimate concern or even when you’re just not crazy excited for them.

    Mary Kay herself was married 7 times.

    And, yeah, they’re all in it for the money. No one selling MK is actually helping any women have a better life. The products are not that quality.

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