Younique Makeup Scam or Legit Opportunity?

People ask me if companies like Younique are scams or legitimate opportunities to generate a supplemental income?

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I always prefer to reply with a question.

What do you consider to be a scam?

What some people will answer is that anything is a scam if you need to put money into something before they can see any return. That can be true in some situations but step back one moment, and show me any successful business that did not require cash up front to start up.

That said, you also don’t want to throw your hard earned money into a money pit either.

We have some experiences with MLMs in the past. You can read about one of them here.

I know that you are not willing to just throw your money away because that is how you landed on this website.

You wanted to see if this newly presented makeup distribution business is an opportunity you can trust and grow into a successful business.


Let us begin with the facts about this company

  1. Younique is a Multi-level Marketing (MLM) business that was launched in 2012
  2. Presenters promote the products with home parties or virtual online parties
  3. Younique has a new and trending marketing approach with the use of social media
  4. A brother and sister team created the company that also created another successful company called Netseps-they made it to the Inc 500 list in 2010.


$119 as sign-up to become a presenter. A kit is provided for you to use for demonstrations. The kit is said to be worth $270. As a presenter, you will use the kit on yourself then post photos of the outcome on the Younique social media pages. All other presenters can then use these photos for promotional purposes.

Sign-up Kit

The kit includes the following:

  • 1 Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+
  • 1 Moodstruck Addiction Shadow Palette (palette will vary)
  • Angled Shadow / Sponge Brush
  • Beachfront Self-Tanning Body Lotion
  • Splurge Cream Shadow in Elegant
  • Cream Shadow Brush
  • Shine Eye Makeup Remover Cloths
  • Skin Care Sampler
  • Foundation Sampler
  • Bronzer Sampler
  • Pigment Sampler
  • Blush Sampler
  • Lip Gloss Sampler (Set of 10)
  • Lip Stain Sampler (Set of 7)
  • Shade Stick
  • White Charm
  • Black Oval Presenter Case
  • Presenter Guide
  • Catalog


As with any MLM, a presenter,  needs to earn and maintain sufficient sale points to remain active. The presenter will then have the opportunity to earn royalties or a percentage of 20%-30% with added generation royalties.

Take a look at the chart  below for more details

younique compensation table

Social Media

One of the tools that Younique uses and encourages recruits to promote and sell their product is the use of social media. When you become a presenter, they encourage you to use the starter kit to use on yourself then post pictures online to help recruit new members or promote the sale of the product.

They also have a tool for presenting Parties online. This does provide an advantage over other MLMs where the main or only method of recruiting or selling their products is by going out and finding leads anywhere from family, friends or the gas station.

Instant Payment

Another feature in their favor is the use of a Younique credit card to receive your payments almost instantly. That said, it sounds good if you are successful in making descent sells, but it is also good for them if your sales deplete and you start accumulating debt on that card. As with any credit card, use it wisely, spend within your means and be aware having another credit card may affect your credit score.

Trips and Vehicle Incentives

Another MLM is promoting the opportunity to qualify for exotic trips or new shiny vehicles. I won’t get into this area of compensation too much as they are mainly added to allow the opportunity to flash amazing images on their website or pamphlets to entice new people to join.

The Car Incentive you need to become Black Status ie TOP Level at least 3 times, total combined Wholesale Sales of at least 1 million of your 1st 2nd and 3rd generation and have at least 8 1st Generation Elites.  In other words, I think you would have a better chance at getting that car by buying a lottery ticket.

Trip Incentive you need to qualify by meeting monthly PRS, Paid-As Status, First Level New Advancements. Presenters can track their points as they go to see how if they are reaching the qualification levels to be eligible.

Is Younique a Scam?

Younique does not fall within the definition of being a scam, but if your definition of  “scam” is working many hours on a business for a number of years only to make less than minimum wage…or less is considered a scam…the YES Younique is a scam.

I do believe there are better ways to spend your time at trying to earn a residual income.

As far as MLMs go, if this is a product you are willing to use and promote and enjoy setting up parties, contacting friends, family or random people in the mall then this may be an MLM to consider.

MLMs always get a bad wrap from the get go, but I always like to keep an open mind that someday a company may not be in business just for their humongous profits.

Although I believe that Younique offers different methods of promoting their product the overall income per hour put in will be low for the majority which allows the company to make a profit.

Other Options

My wife and I have found another way to supplement our income from home. No need to call or hound people over and over again to try and make a sale.

The people that buy from us are those that want the product we are presenting. This can all be done working from home at your own pace and schedule. No appointments or parties to arrange.

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About the Author Paul

My online journey started in 2008 when I was tired of working for somebody else. I searched the internet for years trying to find out how to make a living from home with an online business. In 2015 I finally found the information and support from a website just like this one

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