Nerium Review — Is it a scam?
Nerium is a beauty MLM that sells a popular skin cream system.
It’s one of the few network marketing companies that is getting credit in the business world and is on the Inc. 5000 list.
The rapid growth that the company has been able to achieve isn’t necessarily from signing tons of distributors (the usual strategy). Most of the business comes from people genuinely loving the results. You can search on Facebook and there are no shortage of testimonials about the effects of the creams.
Nerium started in 2011 with one product and about 13 employees. It’s much bigger and way more popular now.
If you’re looking for an MLM with a cause, this could be the one. This company is the largest corporate sponsor of big brothers and big sisters.
Almost every product that Nerium carries is to reduce the signs of aging, there aren’t many ( LifeVantage has more in a similar niche). Their items are separated into three categories; mind, body, and face.
Mind only has one product and it’s the only item the company has that doesn’t make your skin look better. It’s a supplement called EHT, which is a patented element that is in the supplement with other ingredients such as vitamins B6, B12, D3, magnesium citrate, selenium, Huperzine A and alpha lipoic acid.
Getting into the facial line, there is the product that started it all—Age-Defying Night Cream.
This is the one product the company started with and is one of the favorites. Just do a Google search of “Nerium results” and click on the image button to see countless before and after pictures, many of which are due to the night cream.
One of the biggest reasons the company has seen such rapid growth and legitimate publicity is because it works.
Other products for the face include the Age-Defying Day Cream and Eye Serum. These are complementary creams that are made to keep your skin tightening all day and all over.
Both of these products use a similar formula to the night cream, but are made specifically for daytime and your eyes.
There are also Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches that, according to the site, deliver a boost of intensive hydration to the eye area to combat the appearance of puffy, stressed or fatigued eyes. A nice way to keep your eyes fresh.
There is one product in the “body” category and that is the Firming Body Contour Cream.
A cream that uses that same patented technology, but is formulated specifically to fight stubborn or blemished spots on the rest of your body. Other than the NAE-8 elements there are ingredients such as caffeine, and green tea; this product helps firm and tone problem areas as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite.
One thing about pretty much all of the products is the price.
Everything on the menu here is expensive and that is surely due in part to the fact that it works, but it could also be the development cost. When you’re paying doctors and scientists a large sum, it will increase the cost of goods developed.
Signing up as a distributor does seem to lower costs significantly.
Signing up for Nerium is a bit like the products—kinda expensive.
The basic starter kit called a “Brand Partner Launch Kit” is $99.95 and doesn’t include a single product. Other MLMs will usually send samples to get you started (at least). The two other plans are the “Success Pack” ($499.95) which comes with 5 bottles of Nerium Cream and the “Premier Success Pack” ($999.95) which comes with 12 bottles of cream.
As far as the actual compensation plan, it could be lucrative depending on your success.
The plan seems to allow revenue from up to the tenth generations which is a lot higher than many other MLMs would dream of going.
If you didn’t want to build a team of distributors under you, the retail market may be good enough for you to make a decent return. Most of the products offer a 15% to 25% return on your investment, and with all the results you could easily find a ton of repeat customers and build them up over time.
Some of them would probably love to hear about the opportunity too.
Most levels will pay you 5% of who you are “coaching” (That’s what they call a rep with reps underneath them). Higher levels do drop to 3%, 2%, and even 1%. That said, it’s usually in the 5-10 generation and that could be a much higher level of cash.
The levels start out at “brand partner” and continue to go up until you reach “Gold International Marketing Director”. Sounds fancy and if you ever hit it, you’d get a $1,500,000 bonus for making it happen.
12 levels in all that seem easier to reach due to the sheer usefulness of the product and the infectious nature of the creams themselves.
There are other MLMs who have skin cream (like ID Life), but none of them have the cult-like following that these testimonial pictures have created around Nerium.
Most other network marketing companies say that you can sell the products for a profit, but it’s not really a viable way to make money. With Nerium it actually is a practical way to earn a living. You’re selling the product as much as the opportunity—which is rare in this business.
The opportunity is good, too. Getting distributors to sign up for a product that makes them look younger shouldn’t be a tough sell.