When we read about the following, we didn't believe it either: 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. Starting January 20th, major stores like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's are being forced to give away $175 million worth of beauty products nationwide, for free, to anybody who walks into their stores. Shoppers only get one item per cosmetic company, while supplies last - Think Chanel, Estee Lauder, L'Oreal, etc. Click here for a full list of stores/beauty brands. And please, put all those eco-friendly totes to good use on Tuesday.
The stores: Bergdorf Goodman Bergner’s Bloomingdale’s Boston Store Carson Pirie Scott Dillard’s Gottschalks Herberger’s Macy’s Neiman Marcus Nordstrom Parisian Saks Fifth Avenue Younkers The cosmetic companies/products: 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 Cr√®me (6.7 oz) OR Vera Wang Princess Body Polish (5 oz) OR 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) OR 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): Lanc√¥me UV Expert 20 OR Lanc√¥me Cils Design Pro Mascara OR Lanc√¥me Fatale Mascara OR Lanc√¥me Courbe Virtuose Mascara OR Lanc√¥me Primordial Skin Defense OR Ralph Lauren Romance Shower Gel (6.7 oz.) OR Giorgio Armani ACM Shower Gel (6.7 oz) OR Lanc√¥me Hypn√¥se Shower Gel Parfums Givenchy, Inc.: Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette (15 ml) Full details here.