Mary Kay Is It a MLM Pyramid Scheme?

Mary Kay Cosmetics Company, is this company considered a pyramid scheme? Here is a story of how I started Mary Kay and only lasted a day in the business. lets go back to 2006 when I first talked about becoming a beauty consultant for “Mary Kay”

I had a really nice director who told me about the business and how I can make lots of money and gain financial independence while working from home as my own boss. The process startup was fairly easy and not that expensive to start, first you would only have to pay for your initial $100 starter kit.

That price was back in 2006, it is now $130 plus tax and shipping free of $14.95. Back in 2006, the prices were much cheaper than what the prices are now, so the miracle set was $79.00 which consist of a 3in1 cleanser, day solution and a night solution. Today the Miracle kit costs $120 which consists of a 4in1 cleanser, day solution, night solution and an eye cream. This company has since added more products to their catalog.

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Back in 2006, the beauty consultants would throw a “Skin Care” party to show your guest how the products are and how to apply them to your face and skin. After having these “Parties” the consultants would use what is called “Facial Boxes” those are little boxes that had a pad that asked people what they were looking for in skin care and makeup, and there would be the consultants business cards on the top of the boxes, for the customers to contact them.

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Back in 2006, it was a lot simple for me to get my clients, as I was always outgoing and meeting new people everyday. The only issue I had was I would throw these “Facial” parties, with 5 to 20 would show up, but only two to four people would actually purchase the product.

I myself am not a pushy sales person, my whole thing was if the product is good, it would speak for its self. I was a consultant for about a year until other things in my was more important than selling Mary Kay cosmetics. Fast forward to 2022, After looking around for some great skin care products I thought about Mary Kay because my history and how I loved their skin care products.

I searched online for their website, I came to a place where it said “Sell Mary Kay” in that section it stated starting is easy and it had steps 1 – 2 – 3 and start up options. The two options were the eStart which was only $30,

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the other one was For Those Who Mean Business, which gives you the eStart plus full size samples, party supplies and a book about Mary Kay Ash and some magazines to read.

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You also have an option to purchase the sample package for $45, you will get some mini samples to show when you throw some skin care parties.

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Here is where is gets tricky, so now you have purchased the starter kit to start you off, we all know that this company does the wholesale and retail sales just like any other company. After you have purchased the starter kit, you now need to purchase $225 of product (450) retail before you will get your consultant discount.

In order to keep your discount and remain “active”, you will need to purchase $225 in products every quarter (3 months) if you don’t sale that much every three month, you will lose your discount on product purchases, and you will fall out of “active status” and end up in the “T” status which mean in the process of being terminated.

When I first sold Mary Kay, they did not have that requirement, so much has changed over the years. Let’s say if you want to keep your consultant discount, you would need to sale $900 in a year. $900 wholesale every year might not sound like a lot, but in todays economy with inflation rising, that is a hefty price to pay.

In this company, it’s Buy, Buy, Buy! they always want you to buy Inventory no matter at what cost to you. Just like any other MLMs (Multi-level marketing) scams, this is the same as all those others. MLMs also called network marketing or pyramid selling, is a controversial marketing strategy for the sale of products or services,

MLM Pyramid Scam

In multi-level marketing, the compensation plan usually pays out to participants from two potential revenue streams. The first is based on a sales commission from directly selling the product or service; the second is paid out from commissions based upon the wholesale purchases made by other sellers whom the participant has recruited to also sell product. In the organizational hierarchy of MLM companies, recruited participants (as well as those whom the recruit recruits) are referred to as one’s downline distributors.

If you look under that definition, you can clearly see that the Mary Kay company is the same in every way. After only one day as a consultant I have seen what they require every three months, I decided to Quit the company and just use the products from my starter kit.

Thankfully I only lost $130, but I did get the full size products that I will have to use now because even though I quit, the company says they will sue whoever sells the product on any platform like Amazon, Ebay etc.

It should not matter, I paid for my product and I should do what I want with them. My only suggestion if you are thinking about joining Mary Kay is DON’T!! Run away! as far as you can away from that company, the only top people of the Pyramid will get richer. If you do not believe me, here are just a few videos on Ex consultants who say the same thing about this company.

Below I have uploaded a video on the starter kit you get if you purchase the $130 package. I hope you head my warning, do not get involved with this Pyramid Scheme company.


If this article has helped you stay way from multi-level marketing schemes, I have done my job. My mission is that another person is not scammed by the hands of these companies. The whole point of this article is to help people to not fall victim from this marketing scam, if you love using the products, there are others you can buy that will give you the same look and feeling.

The alternatives you can use can be found online, you just need to do your research. I have done some research and found a few items you can use that will give you the same benefits, but a lot less in price.

Here are just some alternatives to the Mary Kay products

TimeWise Repair Night Treatment With Retinol ——) Retinol 24 Max Night Face Cream

TimeWise Age Minimize 3D Day & Night ——) Day and Night Cream, Anti-Aging Face

TimeWise Age Minimize 3D 4-in-1 Cleanser ——) CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

TimeWise Firming Eye Cream ——) 7-in-one Anti-Aging Transforming Eye Cream

Mary Kay Clinical Solutions Line reducer ——) Hyaluronic Acid Booster

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