Paparazzi Accessories: Cheap and trendy wins the day [Review]

papaPaparazzi Accessories is a popular network marketing company that sells cheap, trendy jewelry via the direct sales model.

There are entire stores in the mall dedicated to cheap necklaces and earrings that break or tarnish after five wears (hint: Forever 21) because, honestly, cheap fashion is what the people want.

They want runway looks that cost them pennies on the dollar, and they don’t care if they only get to wear them once or twice. When a necklace costs you $5, you just go buy a new one.

That’s basically the concept behind Paparazzi Accessories: trendy, subpar quality jewelry at low, low prices. $5, actually, for everything on the site.

So should you get involved with Paparazzi? We’ll let you decide.


1. What does Paparazzi Accessories sell? Paparazzi sells trendy accessories—necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and hair accessories—that are cheap, lead-free and nickel-free (a rarity with low-cost jewelry), and always changing.

2. What are Paparazzi’s most popular products? Each month, Paparazzi creates a Fashion Fix with coordinating pieces of jewelry that fit the current styles and season. You can also build your own personal showroom filled with $5 accessories to choose from. It makes jewelry selection super easy.

3. How much does it cost to join Paparazzi? You can join Paparazzi Accessories by buying one of three starter kits: the $99 Preview Pack, the $299 Small Home Party Kit, or the $499 Large Home Party Kit.

4. Is Paparazzi a scam? No, Paparazzi Accessories is a real business, selling real products. But will you get rich selling inexpensive jewelry? Probably not.

5. What is Paparazzi’s BBB rating? F

6. How long has Paparazzi been in business? Since 2010

7. What is Paparazzi’s revenue? $500,000 to $1 million

8. How many Paparazzi distributors are there? No numbers have been shared online.

9. What lawsuits have been filed? We didn’t see any lawsuits listed online.

10. Comparable companies: Stella & Dot, Origami Owl

For stylin’ women who don’t want to wear the same thing twice, Paparazzi is a dream come true. But when it comes to the income opportunity, there are more sustainable options out there.

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Either way, here’s the full review on Paparazzi Accessories.


The company was founded in 2010 in Hurricane, Utah.

The mission on their website states:

“We believe that trendy accessories can be available, and affordable, to women everywhere.”

Even starving children in Haiti! Everyone deserves to look fabulous! Touching, really.

The company was launched by sisters Misty and Chani as a fun side hobby, but it blossomed quickly due to their low prices. Within 6 months, they’d already grown 900%. [1]

How much does Paparazzi Accessories cost?

Getting started with Paparazzi Accessories requires you to buy one of three starter kits:

Preview Pack – $99

  • 35 Pieces of jewelry
  • $175 retail value

Small Home Party Kit – $299

  • 120 Pieces of jewelry
  • $600 retail value

Large Home Kit – $499

  • 200 Pieces of jewelry
  • $1,000 retail value

There’s no monthly minimum for consultants, but to be considered active and qualify for bonuses and team commission, you need to purchase at least 50 PV per month.


All Paparazzi products are individually designed and sourced by Misty and Chani, and they work directly with the manufacturers, according to their website. I’m going to guess that by “directly” they mean “via emails across the globe,” because at $5 a pop, these babies have to be manufactured by children in China.

Turns out that, yep, all accessories are made in China. They’re all also lead-free and nickel-free.

The actual designs are cute and trendy, similar to what you’d find in an H&M or Forever 21. They probably don’t last long, but at $5, who cares?

Compensation Plan

There are 3 ways to make money with Paparazzi Accessories.

Direct Sales

Through your personal sales, you make retail profits on each sale. This is the difference between retail price and your wholesale price – the price difference with Paparazzi Accessories is 45% commission, which is pretty generous. Then again, everything is $5, so you’re actually only making $2.25/sale.

Build Your Team

Paparazzi has a hybrid plan that offers unilevel team commissions up to 3 levels deep and generational bonuses up to 3 generations deep, according to the chart below. Your organization is split into two legs that must remain balanced in order for you to achieve higher ranks. PV is your personal volume in sales per month, and OV is the sales volume for your entire organization.

Star Consultant (min. 50 PV): 5% commission on Level 1

Director (min. 50 PV, 3 personally sponsored consultants): 10% commission on level 1 & 5% on Level 2

Premier Director and above (min. 50 PV, 3,000 OV, and 3 personally sponsored consultants): 10% commission on Level 1, 5% on Levels 2 & 3

Generational bonuses look like this…

Executive Director (min. 100 PV, 6,000 OV, and 3 personally sponsored consultants): 1% on Generation 1

Producer (100 PV, 12,000 OV, and 3 personally sponsored consultants): 3% on Generation 1

Premier Producer (100 PV, 25,000 OV, and 3 personally sponsored consultants): 3% on Generation 1 and 1% on Generation 2

Executive Producer (100 PV, 40,000 OV, and 3 personally sponsored consultants): 3% on Generation 1 and 3% on Generation 2

Fashionista and above (100 PV, 75,000 OV, and 3 personally sponsored consultants): 3% on Generations 1, 2, and 3

You can see from the way the plan is structured that the company doesn’t care at all about your personal sales or your ability to personally sponsor and train recruits. Once you hit the 100 PV requirement, you never have to increase your sales rate again to move up in rank, and you also never have to recruit more than 3 people directly in order to move up in rank. It’s all about getting in early and getting your personal recruits to recruit heavily and so on. Don’t expect to receive great training or sales techniques from this company.

The company also offers a Business Building Bonus of 15% commission on your new recruits’ startup kit, a Legacy Bonus for people ranked A-Lister or higher, an Infinity Bonus for Luxe Jetsetters and Impressionistas (the two highest rankings in the company), and a Cash Bonus of $25,000 and $50,000 for hitting and maintaining the Luxe Jetsetter or Impressionista rank.

Online Bonus

This is just your 45% commission on personal sales, but through a personal website you’re given by the company when you become a consultant. In other words, it’s your profit off online sales on your own website. It’s the same thing as the first one, except you’re selling online instead of at cheesy in-home parties.


Paparazzi isn’t a scam, but it is just typical mediocre costume jewelry like you’d find at Origami Owl, and we’ve seen how they’re doing.

However, they might be onto something with this “$5 for everything” idea. In an industry where products are almost always overpriced, they offer some of the cheapest goods on the market. Everyone can afford a $5 necklace. And the stuff is trendy, too.

Are you going to get rich off of it? No. Will you make a few extra bucks? Maybe, if you’re lucky.

I’ve been involved with network marketing for almost ten years so I know what to look for when you consider a new opportunity.

After reviewing 200+ business opportunities and systems out there, here is the one I would recommend:

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Meet the Author


JP teaches network marketers how to build a real business. Far from a hater, he still LOLs at 3-way calls and building "downlines". If you like Monday morning conversations with your kids by the pool, you might like this.

23 comments… add one
  • Papa Girl Jun 24, 2017, 11:23 pm

    Can’t get rich from this business? I’m sorry, but your statement couldn’t be further from the truth. There are at least 50 current consultants in this business making between $6,000 and yes, $38,000 per MONTH in commissions alone, not counting their jewelry sales. I personally have been with Papa 3 years and my sales alone are around $6000 per month, plus my commissions of $3000 per month for my team building. $9000 per month isn’t too shabby. I have friends in that top 50 who literally made half a million dollars last year…. “not too shabby” for $5 jewelry is right. 🙂

    • Jeremy Page Jun 28, 2017, 12:33 am

      Nice, good to know you’re killing it. Keep it up

    • Tiffanii May 14, 2018, 2:43 pm

      I’d like to see real results. If someone is making that much when only making $2 a sale you shouldn’t be working with them you should own your own business and sell something with a higher profit or buy direct from AliExpress

    • Elesha Sep 15, 2018, 2:57 pm

      I agree! I make great money with Paparazzi and feel if you invest your time and effort into it, you reap the rewards for sure!

  • mick Jul 19, 2017, 5:10 pm

    Wow papa girl sounds like a paid shill. Truth is my wife is a paparazzi consultant and at 2.25 per sale, and she’s lucky to sell 10 a month, well, you do the math. It isn’t going to make you rich. There’s a lot of one time customers who don’t return due to the low quality stuff. We set up a site in a flea market a few times and lost money due to paying out more for the space than we actually sold. It’s not great by any means. Breaking even is more appropriate than making thousands of dollars a month, I don’t see how that’s possible with basically toy store quality jewelry. The investment is cheaper than any other home based business, that’s the only plus.

    • Dalil Said Sep 6, 2017, 8:17 pm

      Thank You Mick for the review. I have set up couple overviews with Paparazzi consultants tomorrow and as I can see no much of true residual income in it.. I also checked their investment start up and see that we are lower in that arena so it is not so much about what you can do but how much could you duplicate it in your organisation.. After reading your comment I beleive I will be helping them both tomorrow to get started.. Thank YOU Mick again !!!

    • 7 months in papa Oct 7, 2017, 4:39 am

      Mike, just like everything in life, you get what you put in. In 7 months I make a steady $350 a week profit in selling $5 Jewelry. I would suggest that if your wife wants to make a profit in this business that she, stop setting up at flea markets where people are not looking to buy Jewelry. And find where her real clientele is.

    • Kimcredible Mar 31, 2018, 6:17 am

      Actually Younique, the 3D lashes makeup company also only costs $99 for the starter kit. Ijs

  • Dave Jan 25, 2018, 3:35 pm

    You stated that “Many of the bonuses that you can earn are also tied into ranks at the company” Hmm sounds like retail management except in retail the only people that get bonuses are the higher level managers. At least with Paparazzi, anyone can earn a bonus. I worked retail for 14 years and if your definition of MLM is a tiered management structure where the higher up you are the more money you make. Well that just sounds like every major corporation in America. At least with a company like Paparazzi you are in control of your future. You decide how much you want to earn. A worker at a retail store doesn’t really have much say so in their future.

    • JP Feb 2, 2018, 7:31 pm

      Good points

  • Casie Parker Feb 25, 2018, 8:35 pm

    I got my kit a couple days ago and made $40 so far which is more than I made busting my butt with my makeup company in 2 months have to say papa may be on to something!

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:37 am

      Hey, thats more than what most MLM’ers make. Great start.

  • GingerSnap Mar 16, 2018, 4:45 pm

    Dang, some of these people are salty about these types of scams. It’s like they’re not satisfied unless they’re heavily defending their positions within the crap. If you’re making great money scamming people into buying crappy excuses for jewelry, congratulations. You don’t have to be a dick when other people say those experiences differ drastically. Many people lose money but are fortunate enough to leave the scam before they lose too much money. If you’re having to force how much money you make down others’ throats, you just scream how low class you are. You’re either lying or you’re trying to exaggerate how amazing you are. If you have to tell people, you’re full of crap. Just saying.

    • JP Mar 23, 2018, 12:20 am

      Some good insight in this one.

    • Whatever Mar 23, 2018, 10:22 am

      Scam? Its $5.00 jewelry. If you dont want cheap jewelry, dont buy it. Simple.

      • JP Apr 10, 2018, 2:56 am

        True lol.

  • Lizzette Apr 1, 2018, 4:47 pm

    Thanks this help me not to get involved with that Paparazzi jewelry all over at my work place. ✌👋

  • Papa J Apr 5, 2018, 4:05 am

    I know that there are skeptics out there for most MLM companies. I was one of those people. I decided to start selling because I really like the jewelry I was buying and it was fun to socialize. I’ve bought a piece or two that wasn’t worth it, but found for $5 I was getting a good deal on 95% of my pieces.
    As for income, you have to build you followers and live FB sales seem to be profitable. That’s also how others often decide to sell too. Because they turn over their inventory so often, you aren’t over saturated with the same pieces of jewelry. I know people who make enough money that this is their only job, and then there are people who make enough to get their hair done or pay a utility or two.
    Anyway, have first hand experience, so far so good. Some minor delays in shipping due to huge growth but they follow through on payments, training and support.
    You will not become a millionaire doing this, but it can be fun.

    • JP Apr 10, 2018, 2:46 am

      Good to hear.

  • King Chad May 8, 2018, 6:39 pm

    We sell $5 jewries for this company that you speak of. I believe that you can make some money selling this stuff. We have sold over $35,000 worth of the jewries since January. The one thing that I’m not impressed is the other consultants that are involved in this business. Most are hateful, deceitful, grudge holding, men hating, money hungry women. We are men in a business dominated by women and we sell more than 99% of the women. I think this is where the hatred comes from. We’ve been reported numerous times to compliance (Papa Police) and have even been temporarily suspended. I would guess out of 175,000 consultants only about 10,000 ever make any profit. We’ve been fortunate to have great customers who have supported us from day 1. We don’t feel the same love from the top of the pyramid.

    • JP Jun 1, 2018, 12:50 am

      Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Victor May 28, 2018, 5:31 am

    You’re 100 percent wrong
    My wife just started and she made almost 1000 in one week
    And she still going
    Am a salesman and it’s all depends of how your mind is made up

    • JP Jun 1, 2018, 12:42 am

      Thats fair.

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