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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40 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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    • 8 b3g1 free in in 1 month is a little over $300. And in 2 months for working for Color Street, I make the same a week as I did at a local fast food place as assistant manager.

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    • It’s only 8-9 but 3 get 1 orders. I have been a stylist for over 2 years and hit that $300 goal during the first few days of the month. The rest is easy! Color Street is designed so you don’t have to carry inventory, the persons comment in this article was buying her “rank” every month. You only have to actually sell $300 once during a 6 month period to remain active. Once you hit it, you get another 6 months. Again, I’ve never missed hitting $300 in sales over a 2 year period. You don’t have to bonus qualify to remain active every month.

      I also think the complaint to the BBB where that woman said she called and left voicemails? There is no call center, everything is done via email & chat.

      Decent article, but I wanted to share some updated info 🙂

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    • First…you do NOT have to sell $300 in personal volume to remain active!!! We have many stylists that do this just to support their own habit for themselves, and their family and close friends. To remain active you only have to sell $300 in one month, EVERY SIX MONTHS….so basically…twice a year! If you want to make a career of it then yes…you might want to consider doing that every month. If you want to go up you need to be consistent and do the work it takes to do so. Yes…it is hard work…but I absolutely love it and when you love your job it doesn’t feel like a job at all! EVERYONES success is going to be different. It all depends on what you put into it on what you will get out of it. It also matters what your attitude is and if you believe in the product and are excited to share it. I can do ONE nail bar ON FB…completely virtual and bonus qualify. Every single one of my nail bars has been $300 and above. WHY? Because I believe in this product and I’m passionate about it so all I do is literally share it with people. Which would be 8-9 Party Packs (b3g1free). It takes a certain type of person for it to truly be successful….but most of all! You have to believe in yourself first!

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          • The problem with that statement is that 95% of people fail in life, in general. lol.

            But I don’t ask them how to fail…I always ask what the 5% are doing differently that leads to success. Success always leaves clues.

            People want the “easy” button…but that’s a myth. You’re starting your own business and not everyone has the mindset, creative thinking skills, dedication or desire to learn that’s required to actually make it lucrative. If it doesn’t land in their lap, they lose interest and give up.

            It’s just affiliate marketing with the opportunity to build a team to leverage other people’s efforts as well as your own to generate income. If I sell x amount of product then I earn $x on my own efforts. If I help other people succeed, however, there’s a much higher earning potential because commissions on 10 people’s efforts is obviously going to be higher than what I could generate alone.

            It’s the same structure that car sales, timeshare and any other IRL brick and mortar commissioned sales company uses, really. Even Home Depot and such offers bonuses based on sales volume for managers who successfully manage their teams and meet sales quotas. It’s actually very common IRL, but people don’t usually make that connection.

            But not everyone succeeds at any of those jobs, either.

            You mentioned affiliate marketing… and you’re right, it CAN be very lucrative and it CAN be easy and fun!
            In order to truly succeed at affiliate marketing, however, there’s lots of things you had to learn to really make it work. Just like anything else.

            You don’t merely sit around telling people about products, beat your friends and family over the head to buy this or that product. You don’t succeed in that by spamming people’s social media and desperately hoping to make a buck. You have to learn how to leverage online marketing, target demographics and numerous other things in order to actually succeed.

            It’s no different, really.

            And yes, people will absolutely pay for what they consider a higher value product over Walmart brand. lol We do it all the time.

            Walmart lingerie vs Victoria’s Secret? If my man gets an engagement ring from Walmart, we’re breaking up! lol. I can wear the cheap Walmart brand clothes everyone else has…or hit Kohl’s, the Outlet Mall or any of the other places that I much prefer.

            They work great and stay on for a long time, if you put them on right. My gf sells them and I have bought numerous packs, they make great gifts! They’re always received very well.

            The Walmart brand isn’t as well made, the packaging is cheap and not very impressive and their pattern selection isn’t very good at all.

            Just like anything else…you actually have to put in the effort to learn how to succeed, it’s not going to just magically happen.

  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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  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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      • The products at Walmart are not the same product as color street, even though they were made by Fa Park. Color Street is the perfected version that he worked years and years to create. He made contracts with those companies to allow him to sell those products in those stores years ago. The contracts last for so many years and he has to uphold those until the contracts expire. All of his efforts are in his own business (Color Street) now. And yes, I’m glad someone pointed out that you do not have to have $300 PV every month to stay active. Another problem I have with this post is the bashing of customer service. All you have to do is send them an email and they will take care of you. That’s why there are stylists to make sure customers get their issue resolved and can point them to the correct method to contact customer service.

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        • I’m not personally bashing customer service. I’ve never had contact with them.

          I’m pulling complaints from sites of people who had issues. I think it’s good to be aware if there are problems.

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          • Also if I recall the ones at Walmart are shorter so you only get one use from each strip…whereas with Color Street you can get two so technically its the same cost of that is the case

    • 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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      • At the director status you still have to hit your personal sales to even receive your team bonus. I have been selling for a month and have made at least 1k IN PROFIT along. No I do not have any downlines yet, so that is all commissions and only profit. That is what I made after taking away what I put of my own money in.. guess what ColorStreet is paying for my wedding!
        Yes looking at numbers and “having to sell 25-27 strips a month to hit 300” seems like a lot but it’s really not. We offer a Buy3Get1 promo ALL THE TIME! So that’s selling 8-9 of those bundles?? I put zero times and effort into this business, I just wear the nails and give out samples.. get their number and add them to my VIP Facebook page….

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        • OK, it sounds like you’re doing it the right way so far. You’re making retail sales. It’s when building a downline becomes more important than retail sales where things head to pyramid scheme territory. I am glad you’re able to make it work for you so far. I hope you don’t become part of that 99% statistic.

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    • I’m right there with ya girl! lol I need to own that too….it’s been a hard year, for sure! But I will have to say that my business skyrocketed through all of this! I am a Director as well and could totally be further….but I totally do what I want to do when I want to do it and almost all of my work is scheduled and on Social Media….and yes….I do sell retail. Like you I am above the disclosure. And I agree….$300 is easy peasy….$2400 is harder….but like you said….and I have said….you get out of it what you put into it and you can’t do that by being lazy and not doing the work! This is now my full time job and I’m happier than I have EVER been and what a blessing to be able to be focused and productive in my home based business with everything that is going on in the world today! And yes, sistah! IT IS GENIUS!

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  5. Wow! There is just so much inaccurate information in this article!
    Why would you blog about something that you know nothing about??
    The products at Walmart are not the same! The Color Street version of those products is superior in the way that Fa Park has improved the formula over the years. The version sold at Walmart is not as good, hence the reason it is cheaper!
    You DO NOT even have to do home parties or vendor events to make money!!! I actually don’t even know anyone who has done a home party for Color Street!! Everything is virtual online parties and they make a killing!
    $300 is a piece of cake!! Most people hit that in the first ten days of the month! You could easily do that in ONE virtual party!!!
    The majority of the money you make is from retail sales! I don’t know where you came up with the idea that people below you are losing money?? That doesn’t even make sense!!
    Please get your facts straight! Your ignorance blows my mind! I can’t even understand why you would think that you were educated enough to write this article!!

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    • Riiiggght. I’ve never heard that one before. Every person in an MLM says their MLM is different. Maybe they have some differences, but the income disclosures are all the same. Very few people make a decent income.

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  6. If you are a Stylist and you are making money why are you arguing with this blogger? She has her beliefs and you have yours! Some statements ring very spot on… many people will fail at jobs that look ‘TOO good to be true‘ because the work ethics we see now are …EXPECTING something for nothing or for VERY little effort!

    Color Street is likely not any different than other MLM companies….

    A small glimpse of my story..
    My career is hella stressful and after being introduced to Color Street and having so much FUN doing “crafty” fun mixed manicures on myself and my friends… and getting away from an expensive salon habit… I knew I probably buy every shade ever made… soooo I signed up to get commission on the hundreds of sets I’d be buying just for MYSELF and my girls….

    Well slowly.. but surly I have had others WANTING to join (without me asking them). So, what the heck… I signed them up!

    Now… back to the “Something For Nothing” mentality … I have teammates who WANT to be successful and do some work and sell…. then I have teammates that want to do as little as possible and get PAID for doing pretty much nothing….
    WAIT…. I’m not done….

    It confuses me but…. as a BUSINESS Owner… Does it make sense that would you get PAID for doing as little as possible or nothing at all?? Ummmm, NO! But, you will not change that about that person and you shouldn’t… they will not be successful but that’s not on YOU…

    So… why is being successful in an MLM difficult? In my opinion, it’s because of work ethics!
    Color Street is not lucrative for ‘everyone‘… but that’s true with just about any business… a MLM, a Franchise, a Small Business, a Family Owned…Etc…

    The author of this blog is giving an opinion… If you don’t like the context, why did you read the whole article?? You pretty much knew it would not favor Color Street.

    Let it go and stop lashing out… it will not help you feel better or change their opinion.
    #BeColorful #Be Brilliant #BeColorstreet

    May you have a great day!

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    • No, no. I like it when people come here to argue with me! Google likes the engagement. 🙂

      Also, I don’t mind a good debate.

      I know what you’re saying about some people not having the right work ethic (or enough belief about what they can accomplish) to make an MLM or any business work. I see that in affiliate marketing too.

      The problem I have with MLMs is that there are plenty of people who DO work at it and they still can’t make it work. And while they’re trying to build up their income, they’re bleeding money because they’re buying products every month.

      MLMs are set up in a way so that a few people at the top win and most of the people at the bottom lose. The people at the bottom and sending their money up to the people at the top.

      It’s just my personal opinion that this is a shady and unfair way to do business.

      I know some MLMs are a little more focused on selling products, which is fine, but from what I have seen, you can’t make a really great living just by retail sales. You can make some nice side money, but you’re not going to be paying your mortgage unless you recruit and build a team.

      Once a person starts recruiting and building a team, then they start pressuring their downline to buy more products. Because that’s how they make most of their money.

      I just don’t think it’s a nice way to do business, but you do you.

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  7. To the best of my knowledge there is no buy back program. Whether this makes it better or worse, I don’t really care. But it does call into question the screenshot of that comment.

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