Monday, January 19, 2009

Free Perfume and Makeup

Why wait until Valentine's Day to score your favorite perfume or body lotion?

Starting Tuesday morning, Macy's, Dillard's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and other department stores nationwide will be giving away $175 million worth of free mascara, fragrances, lotions and shower gels as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement.

Retailers will be handing out limited supplies of 20 designer beauty products, ranging from Vera Wang Princess Body Polish to Lancome Primordiale Skin Defence to Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette.

Freebies are first-come, first-served, and limited to one per customer. There will be no rain checks, returns or exchanges.

The giveaway is part of the Dec. 18 settlement of a 2003 class-action lawsuit that accused certain manufacturers and department stores of conspiring to fix the retail prices of beauty products.

The settlement involves 14 retailers, also including Bloomingdale's and Nieman Marcus, and nine manufacturers: Clinique, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clarins, Guerlain, Chanel, Boucheron, L'Oreal and Christian Dior. Retailers and manufacturers are sharing the cost of the giveaway.

The giveaway ends Jan. 26. Anything left over will be donated to charity. Details about the giveaway are at

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