The Cosmetics Settlement – What you need to know

by Bionic Beauty on 14.Jan.2009 · 9 comments

Cosmetics law suit settlement releases free makeup to consumers

I guess I’m a tad behind the times with all the holly-days going on, but on January 20, 2009 companies like Estee Lauder, Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, L’Oreal and Clarins will be giving out cosmetics as part of a Class Action Lawsuit. The settlement entailed these companies $175 million worth of free cosmetics! (Gasp!)

You qualify for a free product from one of these companies if you purchased a Department Store cosmetic between May 29, 1994 and July 16, 2003. If this fits you, head to your local participating store to pick up your freebie settlement item. Be sure to check for a store listing, full cosmetic company listing, and which products will be given away.

I will advise you to arrive early, since I’m positive the goodies will go FAST. Girl’s day out, anyone???


1 Katherine January 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

Ouch that is going to hurt. My only question would be why did they make free offers if they were not going to honor them. Kind of deserve this IMHO.

2 Anna January 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Bionic! I checked out the link, but I’m still not sure *why* these companies were sued. Perhaps for price gouging? 🙂

3 BionicBeauty January 15, 2009 at 1:05 am

Katherine, ouch is right!! Do you know what they did? And a big Welcome to Bionic Beauty!!

Anna, You’re welcome! I’m not totally sure what happened. I’ve heard various things, but need to find some time to sit down and complete my research.


4 The Cheap Chick January 15, 2009 at 1:57 am

I bought a few MAC things back in 2002… I think. Do I need to still have a receipt?
And more importantly, WHAT THE HECK DID THEY DO? This is going to further kill our economy.

5 Deanna January 15, 2009 at 2:55 am

I don’t want to go because I just know it’ll be mobbed!

6 Kristen Weatherford January 15, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Hey, it’s worth the try to me! (but then again I don’t live in NY or Miami or the like!

7 Teri January 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I so hope this is not broadcast all over the news or there will be lines outside the door at 5 AM. Funny thing is that I asked a few SA’s at my nearest mall and they all looked at me like I had two heads – I hope they are honoring this at all of the departments stores listed, meaning at all of their locations.

8 Mo January 20, 2009 at 1:25 am

Well I’m hitting the mall with a friend for shopping and lunch anyways, so we just decided to start our day earlier than planned.
With all the money I’ve dumped into those companies in the last 15 years…

9 Valerie January 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm

The lawsuit was based on a claim of price fixing. I am a sales associate at a cosmetics counter for one of the named department stores–a lot of our store associates did not know what was going on until the day before this started. Our store is down to minimal amounts of product–go now if you have not already! Once it’s gone, it’s gone…and if all the merchandise is not distributed by close of business Jan 27, the merchandise will be sent back to the distributor.

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