A reader sent this to me to thank us for helping her avoid the Mary Kay scam. I love these emails! This, my friends, is the whole reason we exist. I want resources to be available to those who take the time to research before they sign up for MK.
I just wanted to tell you that I think your website is terrific. It’s so addicting to read! I stumbled across it after I started doing research on Mary Kay after a weird experience with a MK consultant.
A couple of weeks ago, a Mary Kay consultant came to my apartment to give me a makeover. I didn’t know her personally. She got my name from a church event that I had participated in. We all got mini-facials at this church event. In order to get it though, we had to fill out this little form about what we knew about MK products and the company. She said the forms we filled out would be entered into a raffle drawing for free MK products. Cool, I thought.
Anyway, she called me about a week later and said I had “won” $10 worth of MK products. The only caveat was she would have to come over and do a makeover on me.Never one to turn down free cosmetics, I agreed to it. She asked if I wanted to have any of my girlfriends join me for an evening of “pampering.” Knowing full well that this would mostly be a sales pitch, I dragged my sister into it (because that’s what sisters are for). I even planned to buy something just so her trip wouldn’t be a wasted effort.
After she left, however, I had a really bad feeling about the whole organization, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what bothered me.
First, she tried to sell me these expensive product kits. The cheapest was somewhere around $60. Like I said, I had planned on buying something, but I had not budgeted for that much. I asked if she sold the products separately. She seemed reluctant to hand over the catalog of the separately-sold products.
I finally settled on a mascara and eyeliner. My $10 credit covered part of my $30 order, still pretty high for my cosmetics budget but it was okay since it was a one-time thing.
My sister wanted to buy just the foundation but the consultant said that was not possible. She refused a sale because she wouldn’t buy the whole TimeWise kit.
While she went down to her car to get our orders, she had us fill out these forms about what we thought about the company’s motto of “God first, family second, career third,” or whatever it was, as well as other questions pertaining to the the company and how great it supposedly was.
She didn’t try and recruit us there on the spot or anything and I did learn some nifty make-up tricks and stuff, but after she left, I still had this weird feeling about the whole thing.
It just struck me as a complete scam, like it was never really about cosmetics to begin with. I wondered why this consultant, who seemed like such a bright young woman, would be doing this. She was almost like a robot, especially when she spouted off the company motto, how far along she was in the company, etc… She even mentioned excitedly that she was about a year off from one of the cars they “give away.”
Anyway, I was unnerved enough to google Mary Kay out of curiosity. I found your site and love it.
I have this feeling that this won’t be the last time I hear from the MK consultant, especially now after reading some of your site and learning how the process/scam works.
I feel a little more prepared should she try and “stalk” me as a potential new recruit.
Your site is great. Keep up the good work.
Hooray for intuition! 🎉
Hooray for Pink Truth!
And if there was ever proof that MK is NOT about retail sales… If the customer wants the eyeliner and mascara, you sell them the eyeliner and mascara. If they just want the foundation, you sell them the foundation. “Buy the expensive stuff or don’t waste my time” is the opposite of customer satisfaction and is a good way to ensure that the customer will never buy from you again.
It kind of makes me wonder if she didn’t have your sister’s foundation in her car and couldn’t be arsed to to either order it or deliver it later.
Thank you for sharing your story!
The company made its money selling inventory to the consultant. She’s spending her money and time trying to get you or anyone to buy it. And to turn down guaranteed money for a foundation just because your sister wouldn’t buy a set ? That’s bonkers.
It could be something that’s only sold in a set. And she’d have to buy the whole set with her own money and only sell the foundation. I read Younique did something like that
We were taught not to break the set. Supposedly, the ingredients work best together like a recipe. If you leave out an ingredient or substitute an ingredient, it won’t taste the same. As we all know now, that’s a MK lie.
I always did wonder though at the argument beyond a higher sale. Seriously, using another company’s cleanser is going to mess up the recipe? I laugh at this now.
They’d also warn that “Mixing brands is like ‘chemical warfare’ on your skin.”
Yeah, those binary nerve agents sold separately by Estée Lauder and MAC are a real b—h, aren’t they?
Hey lurking MK consultants who “stumbled” upon this site. Amazon, Ulta, Walmart etc. let a customer buy just a foundation without claiming it must be purchased as part of an overpriced set. These retailers also don’t try to come to your home under the false pretense of a “pampering session” (that term is so cringey!).
Do you see how unprofessional and stupid you look?
The fake “you won a prize” raffle – is there ever a raffle where the vendor doesn ‘t have some sort of a bogus prize just to follow the lead?
Yay! I love posts like this! Congratulations on listening to your intuition and search for answers. You have been saved from being aggravated by a potentially pushy MK girl, saving tons of money and time.
Great job PT ladies on a job well done!