US Department Stores Give Away $175m in Free Makeup
Yes, you read that correctly, and no, there's no catch.
Department stores in the US are being forced to give away $175 million worth of free makeup, fragrance and beauty products beginning Tuesday January 20th.
Anybody who walks into major retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Saks or Macy's can receive one free beauty item. And we're talking major lines, such as Chanel, Clinique, Guerlain and Lancôme, to name just a few.
The news has spread like wildfire between friends, online and by word of mouth, resulting in massive line-ups at department stores. But the process is relatively quick; line up, sign a waiver, and then decide what you'd like from what's available. Even with line-ups out the door, women were reporting that the process only took about 5 minutes.
Because of a major lawsuit filed against major department stores in California in 2003 (it seems some of the big name stores were purposely holding back inventory to up the price of high end beauty products), everybody is getting paid back in a major way next week.
A list of the department stores involved:
The stores owned by the Retailer Defendants that will be participating in the settlement product distribution are the following:
- Bergdorf Goodman
- Boston Store
- Carson Pirie Scott
- Neiman Marcus
- Saks Fifth Avenue
The following is a list of the Manufacturer Defendants and their products that will be distributed, while supplies last, through the stores listed above:
- Boucheron (USA) Ltd.:
Femme Eau de Toilette (1 ounce/30 ml)
- Chanel, Inc.:
Coco Mademoiselle body lotion (3.4 fluid oz)
- Christian Dior Perfumes, Inc.:
J’Adore Eau de Parfum (15 ml)
- Clarins U.S.A., Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):
Clarins Energizing Morning Cream (30 ml) OR
Clarins Beauty Flash Bomb (30 ml)
- Conopco, Inc. (distributed by Coty, Inc. on behalf of Conopco, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of three products, while supplies last):
Calvin Klein Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème (6.7 oz)
Vera Wang Princess Body Polish (5 oz)
Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Shower Gel (6.7 oz)
- The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (15 ml/0.5 oz)
Clinique Moisture Surge (30 ml/1 oz)
- Guerlain, Inc.:
My Insolence Eau de Toilette (15 ml)
- L’Oréal USA, Inc. (formerly known as Cosmair, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of eight products, while supplies last):
Lancôme UV Expert 20
Lancôme Cils Design Pro Mascara
Lancôme Fatale Mascara
Lancôme Courbe Virtuose Mascara
Lancôme Primordial Skin Defense
Ralph Lauren Romance Shower Gel (6.7 oz.)
Giorgio Armani ACM Shower Gel (6.7 oz)
Lancôme Hypnôse Shower Gel
- Parfums Givenchy, Inc.:
Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette (15 ml)
The giveaway is, obviously, only valid while supplies last but cannot last for longer than a week.
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