Which is better? Mary Kay or Avon?

United States
December 4, 2006 12:19pm CST
I like Avon better, usually I just get nail polish and jewelry from them, I don't wear a lot of make up.
23 responses
• United States
4 Dec 06
I think Avon is way better then Mary Kay. They have so much more stuff to choose from.
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• United States
4 Dec 06
That's why I like Avon, too, they have much more selection.
• United States
17 Feb 09
I think same. Avon has better stuff. Better quality and so much more stuff to choose from. Always Avon has great deels. For example I use www.youravon.com/epiechota. I have fun with cheap shopping! Go there too!
• United States
13 Dec 06
I deff love Avon wayy more!! They have such a huge variety..and there products are excellent..well except for a few i bought were bummers..lol..but the only thing i love better is mary kays SILK HANDS SET..theers liek a 4 step prgram and in the end my hands are softer than a baby..but deff Im an Avan chickadee lol..
• United States
13 Dec 06
I haven't seen that product yet, but I do have rough hands and I like to keep them soft b/c I type and I don't paint my nails much but every once in a while it's a nice treat to do my nails and use creams.
@2bepink (126)
• United States
15 Dec 06
I sold Mary Kay for five years and I also sold Avon many years ago for a while. I like Mary Kay's products better, but I like some things that Avon has as well. For me, Mary Kay's skin care and makeup works better, but I like the variety that Avon offers. The Mary Kay makeup seems to stay on longer and my makeup still looks fresh after many hours. With Avon, I was always reapplying. I have Rosacea and Avon products irritated my skin, where Mary Kay products don't. Just because I like the products does not mean I approve of how the company works! I found that there Mary Kay is a lot more aggressive than Avon, as far as sales and recruiting tactics go. I will never sell again.
• United States
15 Dec 06
I'd like to discuss this in another thread "Horror Stories of Mary Kay and Avon". You can respond here or in the other discussion, but you said that you'd never sell again and that Mary Kay had more forceful selling tactics. Have you ever had any big problems trying to sell (a difficult customer, etc), etc??? What are the biggest and worst problems of Mary Kay and Avon? We've discussed why we like these products, now I want to see the other side of it. Thanks for your input!!! :)
@pennycan2 (251)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I sold avon and did not do well. the most commission i ever made was 10% and i usually ended up just buying stuff for myself. I like the non gaudy jewelry that avon had and agree that they have a wider selection of stuff, but they seem like they are becoming a little too diversified with the curves stuff, the bras, the vitamins--too amway-yish if you ask me. So i started with mary kay (but am not doing well with it--i'm liquidating my inventory) and i love love love their products way better than the anew products which are around the same price. You can not beat the acne gel from mary kay and as a consultant you recieve 50% off which means you make 1/2 of what you sell--much better than avon. you can also see my website www.marykay.com/pennycan2 and read on the career opportunites. If you work a full time job, have a child or enjoy your time to yourself, think long and hard before signing a commitment to anything. I bought into inventory (which is completely optional and they will tell you that) which i was convinced my business would not succeed without it and now i'm stuck will all this stuff over $3000 of debt and i'm liquidating everything. i want to remain a consultant so i can get my stuff at 50% off but i don't want to do parties, cold call or warm chatter any more. i feel like a preditor and i feel like people think i'm creapy. best of luck! let me know if you need any info on either company. Avon did me really dirty i have to say that. I was in Hurricane Katrina and some of our shipments were lost in transit. Avon said that they would credit me and not hold me responsible and then turned me in to a collection agency for $70.00!!!! I paid it to settle it but vowed i would never deal with them again! once trying to contact them even with copied email confirmation that they sent post hurricane that they said i would be credited, they said that the deliveries made it to the area and because of that (even though i still got no product) they could not re imburse me.
• United States
13 Dec 06
oomg!! My friends mom had the exact same thing happen to her and she got screwed in th end as well..i would never sell for them and im sorry you got boned as well...take care..
• United States
13 Dec 06
I haven't heard any horror stories about that with Avon, but I was discouraged with start up costs and having to buy books. I think most people now are internet-capable and would just order from the website anyway, instead of using an Avon representative.
• United States
13 Dec 06
my mom was an avon lady for a long time. I think that the internet is easily accessible but i also think that people associate avon with having a consultant so they rather order from someone rather than off the internet. it's more personal for them. i am still floored to this day that avon did that to me. i havent heard of many people that have been dissatisfied with their avon experience but i am and am totally boycotting their products.
@candygurl24 (1884)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I definitely love avon more than mary kay. I am addicted to Avon and buy alot of their make up, perfume, home decor etc. They have sure come a long way from what they were before.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I remember getting the lip glosses and bubble baths for Christmas when I was a kid :) Now they have toys, exercise videos, jewelry, colognes, etc.!!
• United States
30 Jan 07
I prefer Avon but I was an Avon Lady and am planning to be again. My main reason is affordability and variety. Mary Kay products are expensive. Avon offers a wide price range and diverse products a lot more than just make up and perfume.
• United States
13 Feb 07
That's what I like about Avon, too, it's less expensive, so I can try things without feeling bad b/c I wasted money if I don't like it. I got a great pair of earrings from them for $10 they are simple just hoops with little pink "stones" in them but I like them.
@katprice (807)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Gosh, that's a little like comparing Apples to Oranges, don't you think? Mary Kay is in the same league as Clinique, Estee Lauder and such. Avon is a whole different thing.
• United States
7 Jan 07
I don't think for even a SECOND that Mary Kay is in the same league as Clinique, Estee Lauder, and "such". Sorry but none of the homes that I've seen hosting Mary Kay parties are in a department store, the prices are the same (or close enough), but the products are not. And neither is Avon in the same league as Clinique, Estee Lauder, and "such". But in my opinion your comparison of "apples to oranges" in association with "Mary Kay and Avon" is a useless attempt to make a point - which is better, apples or oranges? When you break down the source, both have value. Apples have fiber, oranges have Vitamin C. One is not better than the other simply because of what it is. I guess maybe one costs more but aren't they both good for you, for their own individual reasons?
@rmuxagirl (7570)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I like Avon a lot better. They are let expensive then Mary Kay. A friend of mine had a Mary Kay party and like hand lotion was 14 dollars for a small bottle it was insane. I get eye liner from them.
• United States
13 Dec 06
That's crazy! My fiance was just complaining about how expensive lotion is (for a good brand) the other day!
• Canada
10 Dec 06
I personally perfer Mary Kay, but I sell both! I am allergic to a lot of the Avon cosmetics and skin care products, but like their jewellery and gift items. The Mary Kay products are far superior, last a lot longer and I feel are worth the extra cost.
• United States
11 Dec 06
Thanks for mentioning cost, how much of a cost difference is there between Avon products and Mary Kay products? For example, for a toner and foundation, how much would that run someone from each?
@dalejr38 (2421)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Mary Kay
• United States
7 Dec 06
Why do you like Mary Kay better? I ask because we've gotten reasons for why people like Avon, but not Mary Kay, I'd like to compare the two.
@mtdewgurl74 (18124)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Both companies are great and have good makeup. But Avon makeup is affordable for I think I used to sell Avon and it seemed everyone loved it. And almost every piece of makeup and jewerly I have came from Avon I love Avon makeup. I think it is better then what is soldd in stores and if you catch things when they are on sale they can be same price or cheaper then the stores. Whenever someone ask me where I got this or that I tell them Avon and Avon gets another satisfied customer. You can also get new great cheap avon products on ebay. So for me Avon rules!
• United States
5 Dec 06
I totally agree! :)
• United States
5 Dec 06
well i have to go with AVON, because I am an AVON Rep. :) if anyone wants to order from me, you can always email me or just send me a Message on myLot. :)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I wanted to get started on Avon (selling) but I don't want to fork over the $15 and I don't know if I could sell enough to make money!
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I like Mary Kay's skin care products and makeup better. Avon has great jewelry and other gift items that Mary Kay does not offer. I buy from both companies.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I like Avon's jewelery a lot, I got a pair of great earrings for only $10 and they are still my favorite!
@sohnikhan (144)
• United States
20 Nov 10
i am avon rep as well the problem that is rising up with avon is there are 1000000 avon rep around like in every street you will find avon rep so the competition is hard this is why you cant make money with avon i myself would look for some company that is not even in and will try to sell their products
• Philippines
8 Apr 09
i think avon is better than mary kay why? because i hear a lot of feedback about this mary kay product, this feedback comes from the user of mary kay..most of my friend are mary kay user...some is successful with the product but for those face who got burn..i think i suppose to play free.i better used avon..but it always depend upon the user..user should know when and how to used products and must learn how to follow instructions..
• United States
10 Nov 08
I like both...I love Mary Kays make up and skin care and I love avon because they have jewelry and things :). I also sell both email me if u would like some :) lilsarahbear502@aol.com
@bkfuels (1606)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
You know I do not care for either I get all my stuff at department stores.
• United States
12 Feb 07
I think Avon has a lot more stuff to choose from... but I think that Mary K is better in skin care... and also the way their organization is set up. You make better money from Mary K and they treat their employees better.
@earth2jacq (1503)
• Philippines
26 Jan 07
I like Avon much better. Aside from the various products, their prices are reasonable without compromising the quality of the product. I particularly like Avon lotions.
• Philippines
7 Jan 07
I dont use make up because i do not really use it regularly, but im into selling business and Avon is one of the products i sell. Asude from wide variety of products u can choose from, its even an advantage for us to pay for the items due to its payment scheme... But my cousin has already introduce Mary Kay to me and she even let me tried it, and its a good product too. Not I am sure of, is if it also have direct selling strategy or is it only available in department store... hope somebody can inform me with this. thanks!
• United States
16 Dec 06
avon