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

I Put in 40 Hours and Bring Home $1,000 Per Week

Another Pink Truth critic thinks that if we had spent as much time on Mary Kay as we do on Pink Truth, we would have found success. My comments to her are in italics throughout her rant.

LOL!! Wow reading this site saddens me! I have been in mary Kay for less thana year have a free car which isn’t hard to maintain to keep.

You just got that Mary Kay car. Tell me how easy it is a year from now. And we know the truth… it is NOT easy to keep because to do so you need to constantly recruit and convince women to waste money on inventory packages.

I put in less time than most women who have to work away from the home and I have a director that has never pressured me or made me feel as though I had to do anything I did not want to do. I am a director now and have never pressured anyone to buy inventory and explain that this is like any other business out there you have to build a client base and grow a team but as a director I do not ask anyone to buy inventory unless they feel they can put in the same amount of time they would for a part time job (20 hours a week or so) .

Right. All Mary Kay women like to say that they don’t “force” or “pressure” anyone into buying inventory. They just provide the facts. Which falsely state that you must have inventory if you want to be successful. But it’s YOUR decision!!!!

I am thinking the complaints on this site are coming from women who thought that they could do Mary Kay and get rich quick and not have to put forth effort.

You would be wrong. Those of us in Mary Kay never expected a get rich quick scheme, although recruiters like you often say things like they don’t put in a lot of time (see above!) or they can do part time hours (20 hours a week, anyone?) or that the rat race ends once you finish DIQ (not true… being a director is like a non-stop DIQ).

It is like any job you do if you don’t work at it it wont grow. If you dont get out of your comfort zone and meet new people then you wont grow your customers. I think if you spent as much timein your mary Kay business as you do this blog you would probably have succeeded.

99% of people lose money in multi-level marketing. No matter how hard they work, they will never succeed because MLMs are a money transfer game which use a product as the bait. In MLM, your success is not correlated with your effort. It’s simply a bad system in which most fail no matter what they do.

And just so you know, a number of us WERE “successful” by Mary Kay’s definition.

I make all of my kids activites, clean my own house and put my famiyl first, go to Uganda twice a year and still make double what I was before I did Mary Kay working full time and not being able to be there for my kids.

I would like to invite you to prove that your earnings are double with copies of your tax returns.

Maybe you had a bad experience and a director who lead you wrong and pressured you but I have not had that experience and know hwo to manage my time so that I can live by the philosphies Faith, Family then career.

We’ve heard the excuse that our directors must have been bad apples. That’s simply not the case. All directors mislead consultants.

Yes I put 40 hours in a week right now but I also bring home over $1000 a week as a brand new director and have earned a free car.

Liar, liar, pants on fire. There is no way you “bring home” $1,000 per week. To do that, your monthly wholesale production would have to be well over $10,000, and you’d have to be selling more than $1,000 retail per week. You’re not hitting either of those numbers.

Geez I don’t really have much to more to say just that you oviously had a bad experience and instead of blaming the company maybe you should look at who your director was and how they did things because I know that the things you state on here are not true and anyone who is not lazy and willing to step out of their comfort zone even just a little can make this work for them.

Both the individuals and Mary Kay Inc. are responsible for the financial loses of women in Mary Kay, because they promote deception. Mary Kay set up this system in which almost everyone fails, and the consultants and directors promote the system with the help of the company. Both are to blame.

BY the way I have lots of consultants that have not purchased any inventory and make a steady $1000 extra a month just actually working 5-10 hours a week so it is actually possible with the right leadership!

Again, you are a liar. To make $1,000 per month, a consultant would have to be selling a minimum of $2,500 per month, and that rarely occurs in Mary Kay because the products are so hard to sell. And it certainly doesn’t occur when a woman works 5 to 10 hours a week. The market is saturated, women are sick of the Mary Kay game, and there are much better products available in stores and on the internet (which don’t require the sales people hounding them to sign up or hold a party). I have studied the numbers in Mary Kay for years, and what you claim is simply untrue.


  1. Neverpink

    “go to Uganda twice a year”

    This worries me. Is this one of those voluntourism trips? I have a sinking suspicion that it is. Mary Kay is all about virtue signaling too, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

    “BY the way I have lots of consultants that have not purchased any inventory and make a steady $1000 extra a month just actually working 5-10 hours a week so it is actually possible with the right leadership!”

    Nope, not possible. Mary Kay is a pay-to-win scheme, and even paying in a massive amount won’t guarantee “success”. Most women these days don’t even want MK’s overpriced, mediocre products anyway. You can’t just BUY MK, you have to run the risk of being harassed by glassy-eyed Kaybots in the process.

  2. Kristen

    She’s throwing out very convenient round numbers: $1000 a week, $1000 a month. Sounds suspiciously like she is regurgitating the promises made in unit meetings of what you can make if you do XYZ.

    1. BestDecision

      Excellent point! She doesn’t mention her expenses, either. $4000 monthly commissions would also mean she’s doing Cadillac production, but she didn’t say she drives one.

      From personal experience, I can vouch there’s way more expenses in running a unit than she admits. My Director did the same when I questioned her about her net profits. They simply aren’t keeping up with receipts and tracking them for taxes. So, they really aren’t taking home $X .

      Someone please remind her working 40 hours a week elsewhere would clinch benefits for her. PTO, health, dental, vision, retirement, disability. She’s working way too hard for too little!

  3. Cat Ballou

    I have a friend who has been in MK for years and is consistently a sapphire star consultant. She tried to recruit me several years ago when my children were all toddlers and she was trying for a MK car. I noped right out of that when I found out that she was at MK parties all day every Saturday. Then she had unit meetings every Thursday, plus all the time she spent delivering orders. No way am I going to give up the best part of my weekend plus at least one weeknight. And there is no way that my friend is making $1000 month by selling MK either.

    1. BestDecision

      It’s not “God first, family second” like they boast. I sacrificed MANY family moments trying to get somewhere in MK. I won’t even begin to address the loss of my own integrity.

    2. enorth

      “unit meetings every Thursday”

      I was never in MK, but I’ve come across plenty of posts and videos about meetings. In many cases, you weren’t just expected to pay for the meetings and bring “guests”, but to bring snacks/drinks, pony up prizes, arrive early to help set up, and stay afterward to help clean up.

  4. Mountaineer95

    “you have to build a client base and grow a team”

    She fails to see the OBVIOUS: that these two things are entirely contradictory in MLM. You are told to poach your client base in order to build your team, and if you don’t “share the opportunity” with your client base, you’re not doing it “The Mary Kay Way” and another IBC or Director will swoop in and present the opportunity to YOUR “client base”.

    It is just such a basic concept that I don’t understand how MLM folks can’t figure this out! Certainly doesn’t make for a successful “business” owner.

    1. BestDecision

      Very true! Before I even had a Perfect Start done, my Director was all over me to recruit. Why would I trade 50% profit for just 4% if I recruited a customer?

      The vast majority, 98% if we use the “top 2%” phrase about Directors, will never make the money equal to the lost profits because of recruiting. Far more team members quit and then never resume customer status.

      It’s really just simple math.

  5. Heather

    MK directors love to make fun of nurses and how hard we work. It’s true: we work pretty dang hard, and we get paid relatively well.

    $1000 a month is $250 a week. At 5-10 hours per week, that is $25-50 per hour. That isn’t a whole lot really, not for the amount of work you have to do, like the prep work and things considered “unpaid.”

    Here is a text I received from a travel agency recruiter just a few weeks ago:
    RN’s needed for Telemetry contracts in Arlington, VA
    13 weeks
    Days and nights – 36 hours
    Local pay $115/hour (this is taxable income)
    Travel pay $1944 (this is what you’re given to get from your location to there), Housing $1799, Meals $532 (housing and per diems are non-taxable)
    Gross weekly $4274

    I post this because at that rate I would make MORE in a WEEK than most directors make in a month. And guess what? I leave work at work. Sure, I might have to work every other weekend, but I get to come home and not have to worry about making production, selling that discontinued eye shadow, or calling people who don’t want to hear from me.

    1. BestDecision

      Correct! Don’t forget we worked weekends and nights in MK, too. Faces, guest events, interviews, unit meetings, conferences. It’s a total lie that they don’t!

  6. ihatemk

    Heather, I am a CNA and NURSES are soooooo important. Where would we be without the nurses? Why would anyone want to give up nursing (other than the burnout, overwork, stress, etc) of nursing to be an IBC? Nursing is such a rewarding job and people APPRECIATE their nurses. When I am in the hospital, dr’s office or whatever I want a nurse w/compassion and understanding, not someone trying to sell me makeup. You worked hard for your training (yes, ACTUAL training, not some “meeting”) and should be proud of yourself. Nursing is not an easy profession. I work at a memory care unit. Some of my residents do things that you just wouldn’t think of, such as trying to wear their shirts as pants, not knowing how to use a brush, etc. Dealing w/the elderly is also difficult b/c they are stiff, hard to maneuver, can be stubborn, confused, etc. You being a nurse I am sure have encountered the things and more that I am talking about. Yes, I work every other weekend, but I don’t care b/c I love my residents and know that I make a difference in their life and I care about them.

    1. Heather

      I loved my memory care patients when I had nursing students on the unit. There was something very special about them. I currently work in a level one trauma center, and while I love what I do, I no longer love where I do it.

      I think if the pandemic showed the world anything, it’s that nurses make healthcare go ’round. Without us, the public is screwed.

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