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As part of a lawsuit settlement regarding price-fixing, there will be free nationwide distribution of cosmetics and perfumes starting on the morning of Tuesday January 20th 2009, coincidentally on Inauguration Day. Sounds really festive, doesn't it? Instead of bread and circus, clamor for your Chanel and Dior,
"As part of the lawsuit's settlement, $175 million worth of cosmetics will be given away, one per person, in a first-come, first-served basis.
Consumers will be able to choose one item per person as long as supplies last.
At some Macy's stores, for example, the free products will be set on tables in the cosmetics department so consumers can just take them from there.
Name brands being given away include Chanel, L'Oreal, Estée Lauder, Clinique, Lancome, Clarins, Guerlain, Givenchy, Boucheron, Cody, Calvin Klein and Christian Dior.
The products involve mascara, skin care, moisturizers and fragrances, according to the Macy's release.
The offer will last until all of the products in a particular store are given out."...
According to to the Cosmetics Settlement website though, the list of products is restricted. Only the following products are eligible for free distribution:
- 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)
Here is the list of stores where the giveaway will take place:
- Bergdorf Goodman
- Boston Store
- Carson Pirie Scott
- Neiman Marcus
- Saks Fifth Avenue