Is Color Street a Scam? [Here’s an Interesting Little Secret…]

Maybe you’ve been taking a look at Color Street and wondering if the opportunity is good? Perhaps you’re even wondering if Color Street is a scam? I’m going to help you answer that question in this article.

There is one interesting little secret about this company.

OK, it’s not exactly a secret, but it’s something you may be surprised to find out if you don’t already know.

I’m going to reveal what that is a little later. It may have you thinking twice about buying from Color Street.

For now, let’s get right into what this company is all about.



What is Color Street?

Color Street homepage

When I first heard of Chalk Couture and I realized there was an MLM for chalk, I thought, “there can’t be any more strange MLM than that, right?” Then along came Color Street! An MLM for nail strips. What will they think of next?

(By the way, I have heard of Jamberry, and I know they are a similar MLM. I was considering taking a look at Jamberry too, but I see they’re in trouble.)

Anyway, Color Street was founded in 2017 by Fa Park. The idea was born in 1984 when Fa saw a woman in a nearby cab trying to polish her nails and he thought that there had to be a better way!

Color Street’s nail strips set them apart from the competition because they use actual nail polish instead of vinyl.

Color Street’s products include:

  • Solid colors
  • Glitters
  • French Manicures
  • Glitter Designs
  • Nail Art Designs
  • Glitter-Dipperd
  • Clear Nail Art
  • Pedicure

Plus, they have a range of collections such as Halloween, Fall, etc.

Color Street product collections.

Prices range from $11 – $14.


How Much Does it Cost to Join Color Street?

To join Color Street, you will need to purchase a Starter Kit.

The Color Street Starter Kit is $129.


The Starter Kit is $129 and includes:
  • 13 Full sets of nail strips
  • 1 French, 2 Solid, 2 Glitter, 5 Design, 1 Pedicure, 2 Petite
  • 72 Testers
  • 40 remover pads (2 boxes)
  • 100 Prep Pads (1 box)
  • 2 Large Nail Files
  • 2 Nail Buffers
  • 60 Mini Files
  • 50 Cuticle Sticks
  • Tote bag
  • 25 Catalogs
  • 25 Colorful Opportunity Brochures
  • Road to Success

In addition, you’ll need to make 300PV (personal volume) per month to be bonus qualified. This is about $300, possibly a little more. This doesn’t mean that you need to buy that amount, but you do need to sell that amount in order to stay active. Independent Stylists sometimes end up buying a portion or all of this in order to remain active and be qualified for payments.

We’ll talk a little more about this later.


Color Street Compensation Plan

You can read the full, eye-popping 22-page Color Street compensation plan here. Here’s a video from YouTuber and Color Street Stylist, Jessica Capretto to help explain how to make money with Color Street. She doesn’t go into the compensation plan, but explains the basics well:

What she says at the beginning of the video is something interesting to note. She says that people often wonder how you make a good income selling an $11-$14 product. I saw someone mention something about this in a comment I read, and I’ll talk a little more about that later because it was pretty eye-opening.

From the video, there are 3 main ways to make commissions:

  1. Retail Sales = 25% – 35% commissions (depending on your sales volume)
  2. Earn free products = Earn 10% – 25% back in product credit (depending on sales volume) within a 60-day period. You can then resell these if you’d like
  3. Build a team = Earn 3% – 6% of your downline’s sales

Here’s another video that talks about a portion of the compensation plan and how to get promoted. I’ll try to break it down the best I can, but I seriously hate compensation plans (because they make no sense), so I’ll probably suck at it. Just a warning. 🙂

First, she mentions that you need to be bonus qualified. As I mentioned above, this means you need to sell (or buy) $300 in products each month in order to qualify for all payments and bonuses.

Now you can start moving up the ranks. Here’s how you qualify for each one:

  • Sr. Stylist – $300 PV (personal volume) + 2 Stylists that are BQ (bonus qualified) + sell a minimum of $2000 GV (group volume) over the lifetime of the team + $1000 GV in that current month
  • Team Leader – $300 PV (personal volume) + 2 Stylists and a Sr. Stylist on your team + sell a minimum of $5000 GV (group volume) over the lifetime of the team + $2500 GV in that current month
  • Director – $300 PV (personal volume) + 1 Stylist, 1 Team Leader and 2 Sr. Stylists on your team + sell a minimum of $20,000 GV (group volume) over the lifetime of the team + $7,500 GV in that current month
  • Sr. Director – $300 PV (personal volume) + 2 Team Leaders and 1 Director + sell a minimum of $50,000 GV (group volume) over the lifetime of the team + $25,500 GV in that current month

After Sr. Director, the ranks are in the Executive Phase, and there are different qualifications and rules for each rank. If you really want all the nitty-gritty details, I encourage you to read the full compensation plan.

For now, I’m going to just note the ranks:

  • Executive Director
  • Sr. Executive Director
  • Natonal Executive Director
  • Sapphire National Executive Director
  • Ruby National Executive Director
  • Emerald National Executive Director
  • Diamond National Executive Director

Here are the percentage earnings on the different ranks:

Color Street earnings for each rank.

Once you get to the Executive Phase, there are different generation bonuses, team bonuses and a lifestyle bonus.


Color Street Income Disclosure

Color Street has an Income Disclosure, which you can fully view here. Here is the chart that they include:

Color Street income disclosure for 2018.

One interesting note that they included in their disclaimers is that the average annual income for all Color Street Stylists in 2018 was $178.06. For an entire year. And this is before expenses!

If you can get to Senior Director status, it starts to become a little more worth it. But again, that’s not even taking into consideration your business expenses.

And being in an MLM is HARD work, I don’t care what anyone tries to tell you. For something like Color Street, you will constantly have to have home parties or go to craft fairs to make sales.

I’m not trying to discourage you, but…

OK, fine. I am.

MLMs just aren’t a great way to earn an income.


Positive Reviews and Complaints

Here’s someone reviewing the Color Street nail strips who is not an Independent Stylist and doesn’t sell the strips:

She had both positive and negative comments about them.

I saw a couple of other positive reviews that said:

  • They’re easy to use
  • They won’t ruin your nails
  • Customer service was extremely helpful

As far as complaints go, there were some, of course. In fact, Color Street gets a solid F rating from the BBB website. This is due to the fact that they don’t respond to their complaints.

Some Color Street complaints include:

  • Received a defective product and customer service hasn’t gotten back to me
  • My product was supposed to last 2 weeks, but it didn’t last a day
  • I made a large order and it never got to me and I couldn’t contact anyone at Color Street

You can see this person became irate:

Color Street complaint

Let’s figure out if Color Street is a scam.


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Is Color Street a Scam or a Pyramid Scheme?

Is Color Street a scam? In my opinion, it’s not a scam. And it’s not a pyramid scheme, although MLMs almost always border on being pyramid schemes because of the compensation plan structure. If you make most of your money through recruiting, that’s where that pyramid scheme line gets a little blurry.

It does seem like there’s a bigger emphasis on selling Color Street to “regular” people not in the business.

Maybe?

In a minute, we’re going to take a look at a comment I saw about Color Street that made me raise an eyebrow. First, let’s talk about some pros and cons.

Pros

  • Fairly inexpensive start-up cost
  • Products are inexpensive and therefore may be easier to sell
  • Decent amount of emphasis on selling products retail vs recruiting

Cons

  • Terrible BBB rating
  • Customer service seems to be very hard to get a hold of
  • People say that the product doesn’t last very long
  • Very hard to make money, as shown in the Income Disclosure
  • Because the products are cheap, you’ll really have to hustle to make a lot of sales
  • $300 PV is quite a lot per month, especially for such a cheap product
  • Best to sell these via home parties, which can be a time and monetary expense

The $300 PV Issue

Here’s part of the comment that I mentioned above:

It's hard to make $300 in sales with Color Street.

and another part:

This Color Street Stylist is broke.

This comment makes me raise an eyebrow for a couple of reasons:

  1. Selling $300 is a LOT per month, especially considering the cost of the products (and this is where distributors get into trouble because they end up buying this themselves, which the commenter clearly has done)
  2. This makes me think that, just like almost every other MLM, there really aren’t that many retail sales happening. The sales that people are making are from distributors themselves.

Not good.

That Little Secret I Mentioned?

Another issue people may have with trying to sell Color Street is that you can get the same exact product at Walmart and Ulta for less!

Fa Park owns the companies Incoco Nails and Coconut Nail Art.

Incoco is the same as Color Street.

Why deal with buying nail wraps through an Independent Stylist and having the hassle of paying and waiting for shipping when you can just run down to your local Walmart and get them when you need them – for less?


[EXPOSED] Color Street by Savannah Marie

Savannah is an anti-MLM YouTuber who recently posted a video about Color Street. Since she covers pretty much everything I’ve said here, I wanted to add her video in case you like to watch videos instead of reading articles.

Savannah makes anti-MLM content a lot of fun, too. Check it out.


An Alternative to Color Street

I love the idea of being a boss babe and running my own business. I was sucked into the MLM life with these promises too! However, it just doesn’t work out well with these companies because you’re so unlikely to make money.

That’s why I decided to go to affiliate marketing instead.

You still get to earn a commission, but it’s much easier than dealing with all the ups and downs of an MLM.

You can read my article about MLM vs Affiliate Marketing and see all the ways why affiliate marketing wins, hands down!

With affiliate marketing, you promote other people’s products for a commission. But there isn’t any recruiting, or uplines or downlines or confusing compensation plans.

In fact, it’s so easy to get started and you don’t need to buy any starter kits or inventory.

Let me show you exactly how affiliate marketing works, and then you’ll see why it’s awesome.

You can even promote nail wraps, nail polish and other beauty supplies if that’s what you’re into. But you won’t be begging your friends and family for sales. Instead, you learn how to attract people to you.


Conclusion

To me, Color Street is not a scam. But, they do have too many issues and I wouldn’t recommend that anyone join them (or any MLM). Two of the biggest issues are:

  1. Their F rating at the BBB for not dealing with customer issues
  2. The fact that you can get the same product at WalMart for less

If you love the idea of promoting products that you enjoy and earning a commission, why not try out affiliate marketing instead? It’s much easier to get started and you’ll never have to do a home party!

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14 thoughts on “Is Color Street a Scam? [Here’s an Interesting Little Secret…]”

  1. Thank you for posting this!! Its like it was written for me. 😂
    Do you have any insight into how much you actually have to sell to even reach $300 PV since the company sell buy 3 get one free?

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    • You’d have to sell about 1,345,438? lol. I think it would feel that way anyway!

      Now, I’m not a math whiz, but I did some calculations and I would think you would need to sell about 30 – 40 nail packs per month. That might not seem like a lot, but when you’re out there trying to find 20+ people to sell these to every month, I think it seems daunting… Especially when people can just go to Walmart and pick them up there.

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  2. There’s also another little side note to add to this – they will charge you $10 per month to keep your “web page” open (the one you use for selling the strips) after the first month. I was thinking of just buying the kit because of all the things you get in it but when I saw that I refused to do it.

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    • Charging $10 per month for a website is pretty standard. It was the same for YoungLiving. It makes sense because there is a cost that you take on when you host a website. But some of these MLMs don’t disclosure this extra cost, and that’s a problem. That’s an extra $120 a year that you need to factor in!

      So thank you for bringing that to our attention with Color Street.

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  3. My wife has been with colorstreet for 18 months now. She makes 20k month and completely changed our lives, but go on and keep telling these people they can’t make money.. if you work it like someone who just bought a franchised business, you will be very successful. The problem is people think you can make money without working your ass off. My wife works her business, literally, 24/7.

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    • Congrats, your wife is one of the 0.03% who actually make a decent living. Does she feel great about selling a product that you can get for less at Walmart? (It’s the exact same product.)

      It’s also interesting how you say she works 24/7 because most MLMs try to get you in by saying you can work in your spare time. They try to paint a picture of freedom, but working 24/7 isn’t my idea of living a very free life.

      But to each his own!

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    • Amen John!!!

      I didn’t go to my corporate job and not work to get paid. Why do people think it will be any different working for yourself! You have to put in the work to get the results, that has been the case since the beginning of time!!! You didn’t eat if you didn’t forage and hunt.

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      • Of course you have to work hard to do well in any business or job. The problem with MLMs is that you can work your ass off and still lose money. It’s just the nature of the beast. And let’s say you make it to the top after all that work and you’re making a good income. That just means that people below you are losing money.

        Unless you only sell the products retail, someone is getting screwed in an MLM.

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  4. $300 is NOT hard to get AT all! I do $2400 plus every single month in sales! Why? Because I love the product….it’s genius….I could totally do more if I applied myself better, for sure. I will own that….but I am a Director….and I am making MORE a year than the actual income disclaimer because I work my bum off. BUT if you want to be lazy and expect it to just happen….more power to ya!

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    • I’m glad you’re making some money with Color Street, and I hope that’s mostly through retail sales. But if you’re making that because the people below you on your team are the ones buying the product, then I think that’s an issue. Knowing that most people don’t make money in an MLM, there’s a great chance the people below you are losing money.

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