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Founded in 2012, Younique is a cosmetics company in the multi-level marketing industry. Younique, whose mission is "to uplift, empower, validate, and ultimately help build the self-esteem of women around the world," has over 283,000 independent distributors worldwide.

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The Good

  • Positive Younique Reviews
  • High Younique Commission Rate
  • Average Upfront Costs
  • Extensive Training
  • Compensation Plan
  • Points System
  • The Younique Product

Positive Younique Reviews

Most Younique reviews from distributors and customers are positive, though there are a number of complaints. 

Positive customer and distributor reviews applaud the company's branding and social outreach campaigns. Others celebrate the Younique Foundation. Quality training for presenters, excellent product quality, and empowerment for women are also among the top virtues mentioned about Younique.

Other positive reviews highlight the company's customer service, but none of them mention affordability among Younique's virtues. In fact, negative customer reviews mostly addressed high prices for quality products. Other than costing too much money, complaints detailed problems with Younique presenters and overly aggressive sales tactics.

One review does point out that if you utilize the company's various deals and discounts, you can actually get a relatively reasonable price.

The company also created the Younique Foundation, which is dedicated to fighting against childhood sexual abuse. Foundations and charities such as these are a plus with any company, as well as being a boost to customer reviews and brand awareness. 

High Younique Commission Rate

Also called direct sales, network marketing is a great way for people with a knack for sales to make some more money on the side. The direct sales method relies on sales and recruitment commissions to pay employees. Fortunately for Younique presenters (Younique's version of sales staff or distributors), the company has an extremely generous payment structure. 

The starting sales commission for people working at Younique is 20 percent and goes up to 36 percent with more experience and success. This commission rate is higher than the industry average, which means more money for those who end up becoming Younique presenters.

Younique does not require auto-ships or inventory stocking, which many MLM companies try to make a requirement. Commissions start at 20 percent and go as high as 36 percent. Royalties are paid instantly to distributors via a Younique Visa card that is issued by the company at no additional cost.

This card is given once the distributor's commission payout reaches $50. The expected revenue for a consultant after selling $1,000 worth of products equals $151, which is the average payout for this type of company in the multi-level marketing industry.

Selling $10,000 worth of products creates an expected revenue of $2,401, which is better than the standard payout of similar companies.

Low Upfront Costs

The initial cost to purchase a starter kit and become a Younique independent distributor is $99. The starter kit includes a free interactive personalized website, business tools, and access to the Youniversity training academy.

Extensive Training

The first two weeks of Younique's training program guides new enrollees through what to do first provides marketing tips and business insights, and much more. The company also invites new enrollees to join its private corporate Facebook pages and connect with other distributors for tips and advice.

Compensation Plan

Younique has 8 different tiers for presenters to achieve, which are color-coded. Each tier has a different personal sales requirement in order to advance. The following are the different tiers along with their respective requirements (including the PRS personal sales requirement):

  • Entry Presenter (White): 125 PRS
  • Entry Presenter (Yellow): 500 PRS
  • Exemplary Presenter (Pink): 250 PRS + 2,000 Company Sales + 1 Recruit
  • Exemplary Presenter (Blue): 250 PRS + 4,000 Company Sales + 2 Recruits
  • Elite Presenter (Green): 500 PRS + 10,000 Company Sales +3 Recruits + 2,000 Circle Wholesale Sales
  • Elite Presenter (Orange): 500 PRS + 20,000 Company Sales + 3 Recruits + 4,000 Circle Wholesale Sales + 1 First-Generation Elite
  • Exclusive Presenter (Purple): 500 PRS + 40,000 Company Sales + 4 Recruits + 6,000 Circle Wholesale Sales + 2 First-Generation Elites
  • Exclusive Presenter (Black): 500 PRS + 80,000 Company Sales + 4 Recruits + 10,000 Circle Wholesale Sales + 4 First-Generation Elites

Each rank earns higher commissions as well as different commission types for higher tiers. For example, Entry Presenters can only ever earn retail royalties (either 20 or 25 percent), but Exemplary Presenters can earn 25 percent retail royalties as well as 3 or 4 percent circle royalties. The highest rank, Exclusive Presenter (Black) earns 30 percent retail royalties, 6 percent circle royalties, 3 percent first-generation royalties, 4 percent second generation royalties, and 5 percent third generation royalties.

First-generation royalties are commissions from those recruits you found and signed up personally.

Second-generation royalties are commissions from the recruits your first generation recruits have signed up.

Third-generation royalties are commissions from the recruits your second generation recruits have signed up.

You can see how your income can add up if you keep advancing in the different tiers and stacking the royalties and commissions available. 

Points System

Rewards earned as a result of hosting Younique parties are calculated using a points system. Every product purchase contributes to the total points earned. All party hosts need to do is share a link to the online party with their friends and family via social media, email, and text message. A live count of the party's points is available online during the party.

The Younique Product

Younique sells skin care, makeup, and fragrance products, among other things. Cosmetic Products from Younique receive highly positive customer reviews.  Specifically, customers love the fiber lash mascara, saying that it goes on nicely and makes your eyelashes look much longer. Other quality Younique products include:

  • Splurge Cream Shadow
  • Cleansers
  • Moisturizers
  • Toners
  • Masks
  • Serums
  • BB Cream
  • Concealer
  • Lip Gloss/Lip Liner
  • Lip Brushes
  • Makeup Remover
  • Foundation
  • Highlight and Contour
  • Face Primer

Younique also sells kits and sets of products. They offer lash sets, face sets, eye sets, lip sets, and brush sets. Though people do love the quality of the product, they also seem to agree that it costs too much money.

The Bad

  • Relatively New Company
  • Sales Minimums
  • Lack of Differentiation

Relatively New Company

With only four years in business, Younique is still a new player in the cosmetics industry and has much less experience than many of its competitors. Additionally, the company has not had enough time to fully prove itself as a reliable, financially stable company.

Sales Minimums

Younique's compensation plan relies heavily on recruitment efforts. Distributors must sell $125 worth of products every three months in order to maintain active status and be eligible to receive commission payouts and bonuses.

Individuals without adequate sales and marketing background may have trouble keeping up with the requirements placed by the company to maintain active status.

Lack of Differentiation

Younique does not do much to differentiate itself from other cosmetics companies. For example, the replicated website that the company provides to its independent distributors is very generic.

Though Younique is working to change the idea of beauty and actively supports a foundation for sexually abused women, the company could improve by making itself stand out more in such a saturated industry.

The Bottom Line

Younique is a relatively new network marketing company in the cosmetics industry. The company sells it product line exclusively online through virtual home parties and social media sites. At $99, the initial cost to join the business opportunity as an independent distributor is standard for the multi-level marketing industry.

Distributors have the ability to earn up to 36 percent in commission payouts, as well as other financial incentives and bonuses. However, Younique does require its distributors to maintain sales minimums.

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February 4th, 2019 DETAILS
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I’ve been with the company for 3 years. Amazing products and amazing company to work with. Customer service is always amazing. Great money back guarantee. Training is provided, and if your upline is good, you’ll have zero problems

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August 23rd, 2018 Nocona, TX DETAILS
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I joined YOUNIQUE not for the makeup,however because it’s sooooo much more than about makeup! I am a SURVIVOR of sexual abuse as a child. I was made to keep quiet from the time I was 6 years old until I was 42! All my life I’ve buried it deep down inside and not dealt with it. I now have a lil’ girl that has also been molested by a Family member. I had to do it THE RIGHT WAY FOR HER! Younique founded the Haven Retreat, as well as Defend Innocence for the children. EVERYTHING bought goes to help a Survivor🙏🏻💜 I was accepted into the Haven Retreat, but the timing wasn’t right. My daughter needed me. This Company does nothing but GIVE BACK!!! And they are helping provide resources to Schools, Parents, Caregivers etc, to be proactive Before Something should happen to our Precious Children, God Forbid! Please look at what they give back, before jusging. Younique honestly, with God’s help, SAVED MY LIFE, and MY BEAUTIFUL CHILD🙏🏻💕 I’m so very thankful that I took the step to reach out to them. Please go to www.defendinnocence.org It might just make you think twice! God Bless you all! ~Mel Durham

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August 20th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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I bought a few items from Younique to try. I LOVED the mascara. It was great. Went on nicely and helped my eyelashes look way longer, and even washed off nicely. However, it ran out very fast and I felt like for how much it cost it should have lasted at least twice as long. I was very disappointed with the value of the product, but happy with the quality.

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Theresa Hanish
August 6th, 2018 Odessa, TX DETAILS
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I purchased the mascara with the fibers. I have used several fiber lash mascaras and this by far is the WORST!! The mascara is too dry to hold the fibers plus it irritated my eyes. This is San overpriced piece of junk.Do yourself a favor and stay away from this mascara.

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Tom
June 12th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT DETAILS
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They have great products that my wife and I use a lot. They give back to the community and they prices are very reasonable.

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Emily Barton
May 7th, 2018 Houston, TX DETAILS
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I would give no starts if that was an option. I finally decided to try this brand and the seller was AWFUL and rude. Due to this, I won’t be purchasing any makeup from here. I’ve tried contacting corporate and they haven’t returned any calls either. I kept it polite and professional, however the seller was very rude and unprofessional when I asked for my money back.

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April 9th, 2018 Lansdale, PA DETAILS
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I hate when I hear someone call the company a scam. Scams are cheating folks out off something to the benefit of another. This company provides a quality product at a reasonable price. They offer a 14 day Love it guarantee- if you don’t like it...return it..get a refund...simple. Tell me how many other makeup companies allow the return of used makeup? Doesn’t sound like a scam to me. Not only is the consumer protected, so is the Presenter. There is NO other sales company that pays their sales people 3 hours after every sale AND handles the customer returns at no risk to the Presenter...doesn’t sound like a scam to me. In fact the company holds all the risk! Yet they continue soaring growths across the board! The company was started with a “give back” attitude, continues to do so, and enjoys growth as a result. Over 1800 women have been given a new start as a result of the Younique Foundation! Here women os sexual abuse go to their beautiful retreat between the mountains and gain empowerment, self worth, and hand the guilt off to who deserves to carry it, the abuser! Still sound like a scam? I think NOT! Everything this company does is to show women their worth - to help women know they can make a difference - to celebrate their successes in so many ways - and continue to GIVE BACK! Nothing about this company is a scam - the company holds ALL the risk, not the consumer, nor the Presenter! The products are absolutely amazing! That’s obvious in the companies 5 year growth! If you haven’t hopped on board, either by being a customer, or being a Presenter - YOU are missing out!

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Seairra Frear
February 22nd, 2018 Columbus, OH DETAILS
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This company is nothing but a scam! At least 10 people cold message me and add me to their “fb groups” a day! It’s rude and unprofessional if someone wants to order an item they’ll come to you! I even purchased an setting spray that was about $30 and it did NOTHING to my skin as it claimed to do! I’ve used $5 sprays that worked better if I want to spend that much I’d rather buy quality brands like Tarte, Too Face or Benefit.

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Surprisingly, I LOVE my Younique makeup. It is high quality, lasts a long time, and if you utilize their deals and discounts, you can get a decent price! They treat their distributors well and often take them on great vacations and trips.

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December 5th, 2017 American Fork, UT DETAILS
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I think the products are pretty average. I think they're way overpriced for the quality of product they give.

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Mandy Keith
July 24th, 2017 Carlisle, PA

The products are amazing and have improved my skin so much! The customer service is the best I have experienced. They are frequently adding new products that are on trend and in demand.

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Kim A Faithful
July 7th, 2017

Great company. Awesome products. Nice brand and I see it a lot on social media.

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Renee Keele
May 16th, 2017 Pomona, CA

Joining this company changed my life and the life of my family! Helping others is what it's all about!

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Ashley Folwark
May 5th, 2017

The company gives you everything above and beyond to succeed ! It's super easy!!! Even with 0 social media/popularity background! I'm proof!

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Jo-Anna Cousineau
March 9th, 2017

3D Fiber Lash Mascara, nothing like it in the whole wide world!

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Jacqueline Lousier
January 4th, 2017

I have a limited background in sales, and have found it very easy to build my business and earn rewards with this company. I am impressed by the amount of training nad support I have received, and it is likely something I will continue to do for a long time.

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Kayt Laura
December 29th, 2016

I love younqiue I have been with the company 6 months and already am half way through my ranking and have a team of over 40 girls. If you work hard and follow what the top ladies teach you will do well in this business!! We also just changed our 3d formula and it's better then ever!!

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Holly Cutler
October 21st, 2016

Whats not to like?? The eye splurges glide on and stay put, the Splash liquid lipsticks, last hours with no touch ups, and those lashes!!! The provide a 14 day love it guarantee, if you dont like it, send it back, get a refund, simple!!

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Tammy Collins Sims
October 13th, 2016 Columbus, GA

Awesome products and the sisterhood and training available now are great!

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Cece Butler
October 11th, 2016

I love these products! Have been buying them little by little and with a chronic illness has given me the motivation to give me that extra encouragement to make me feel a bit better by adding a little color to my face! I love the concept and the business model behind the development of it! This company has been so empowering that I've decided to become a presenter myself!

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Ellyn Armenta
August 26th, 2016 Bay Saint Louis, MS

I am in LOVE with these products! It has built my self esteem to a whole new level! I love my team and friendships I've made along the way!!! BEST company HANDS DOWN!

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Noel-Marie Karvoski
July 8th, 2016 Manchester, CT

I've been involved with other MLM companies in the past and while I did enjoy the products, I couldn't get enough people interested in order to sustain the level of money needed to keep my MLM going. Shelling out more than taking in is not what I want in a MLM business. So I decided to join Younique after using and loving the products for more than 2 years. I joined less than a week ago and I've already made sales and signed on a Presenter under me! My support with my sponsor has been top notch, I feel as if I really will make a difference in someone's life and I do feel empowered! I know I have the chutzpah needed to be successful and with my Y-sisters behind me, the sky truly is the limit with Younique!

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Dianne
July 7th, 2016 Cayce, SC

The products have been changed since their launch, They reformulated several products including their 3D fiber mascara. It was great now it has rayon fibers and dries out in 2 weeks. LOW QUALITY products. If you have used top quality you know Y has turned into junk for a high price. I resigned and went to another company that is PROFESSIONAL

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Sarah Louise Haskins
June 8th, 2016

I value this company and love the training and support as a presenter - the products are high quality and great value and long lasting

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Tricia Everett
June 8th, 2016 TX

Awesome to be a part of this young and growing company

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Lucy Owen
June 7th, 2016

I absolutely love this company! It's changed my life and the friends I'm making along the way will be forever!

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Gina Morrison
May 31st, 2016 Dayton, OH

Not only are the products amazing, but the way they support their presenters is even better! Get paid 3 hours after every sale, never pay for a website, and an awesome commission. A very attainable mlm strategy is als astonishing!

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Jenny Lynn Brock
May 31st, 2016 Ripon, CA

I have tried a ton of these companies & Younique is the ONLY one that's I've been successfull with! I've been with them for 2yrs and still LOVE it!

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Danielle Maille
April 7th, 2016 Spring Hill, FL

I'm currently with this company and I'm proud to say that April 4th 2016 was our BIGGEST sales day ever This is a new company is growing fast and expanding quite rapidly (just like ItWorks which I still love and use I'm just no longer with them because makeup is my life and neither company will let you work more than one MLM at a time. dang contracts) so far I love that I get paid right away, the guarantee, and product line. The reason for complaints and BACKORDER is because of the rapid growth. With any new company the projected manufacturing plans don't count for the sudden popularity of a product. Example: biggest sale day ever-it could possibly be that the liquid foundation in our most popular colors came back in stock!! Yes things are on backorder often because we can't keep them in stock and April 4th was the first time after trying for an hour to get logged in I got my foundation I have been with the company for almost 2 months now and I have been waiting for the foundation to come off of BACKORDER and SOLD OUT status. I know how this works when a close and dear friend of mine decided to start his own energy drink company, currently only sold online and even tho it had just launched and he projected product production numbers he didn't realize that he would have to wait so long for orders due to the manufacturing facility not having the amount of resources to cover more than he projected. If your going to do an MLM company try to make sure that you have the time to actually dedicate to it, go all in its YOUR business, meet new people, learn social media and you will go far if it's a newer company that s growing and will be sticking around.

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Sue
April 7th, 2016

I've been with Younique for five months and am already seeing financial benefits. Also, I love the products. There are a lot of ladies who start then give up and complain about the company, because they expect everything to be handed to them on a plate. Consistency is key - like with any other mlm company.

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Eli K
April 5th, 2016

terrible products. Ive spent over 200$ and was told the reason the lipstain did not work on me was because of my body PH and that I needed to purshase this amazing primer for 50-60$. So I did. And the lipstain still doesnt work. The moisturizer dried out my face and my eye liner is always running down my face. I really wanted to fall in love with this company, but I am the complete opposite! And anytime you try to say something, the sales rep. tells you not to complain, we have to be positive....

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Lindsey
February 24th, 2016 Scottsdale, AZ

Misrepresented products and company. Not Cruelty-Free, Natural, Natural-Based or anything as advertised. The quality is upsetting for the price and the company is equally shameful for allowing their reps to present products falsely.

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Patricia Vasquez
February 24th, 2016 FL

I Just Love this Company. Its really Amazing. I Love the products. also I like the fact to get the sell comission right away. its growing so fast.

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Shona MacLachlan
November 4th, 2015

I have been a presenter with Younique for almost a year now and can honestly say it is a fantastic company to work for. From the initial training, support from sponsors and up line they are genuinely nice people who work hard and allow me to work my business when I want. This opportunity has given me the confidence to grow as a person, to allow me to be me again and I just couldn't see my life without it!