Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beauty Chat: Cosmetic Settlement

Besides the historical inauguration yesterday, it was free makeup day at your local department stores to settle a case against major cosmetic brands (read more about it here). As part of the settlement, the class member is eligible to receive ONE (maximum) free cosmetics item among the list of products indicated on the website from the defendants (Estee Lauder, L'Oreal, etc).

Did you get in line and was able to snatch anything from the list? Was it worth it? Would you do it again if given the chance? For those who went, I would like to read any crazy experience you might have encountered. Please leave your response as a comment on this post.

I personally just decided to skip it overall. I wanted to get any of the Lancome mascara or the Clarins moisturizer, but after seeing the line after work wrapped around the mall, it's just not worth it. I didn't plan on going really early either since I didn't want to miss a historical event happening. My time was much more valuable.


  1. i just got back from Macy's . no lines no waiting, but then again I'm in Maine and no one here knows about this settlement. I grabbed the J'Adore perfume and all I needed to do was sign my name and that was it. No ID checked at all, I am going back tomorrow!

  2. I was too lazy to get out the door! Haha.

  3. I was lucky because there weren't any long lines. It was definitely worth it. Most of the products that were being given had retail values between 20-30 dollars. Not that I would like companies to price gouge and get sued again, but it would be nice to get free makeup so easily without having to purchase or sign up for anything.

  4. hey!!

    I did post on my blog about...Complete waste.


  5. Was barely any line at Macy's when I got there, but within an hour people started to call their friends & family and the amount of people had tripled lol

    It was definitely worth it, my bf even got a shower gel.

  6. i wasn't going to go but i noticed nordies line was going SUPER FAST.

    it was somewhat long..but i waited no longer than 10 minutes.

    i got clinique moisture surge.

  7. I got 2 things as I went to 2 different stores at a mall near me. The lines weren't long as not many people knew about it. The ones in line were mostly people who found out when they asked what was going on.

    On the other hand, my best friend in San Francisco, got 14 things as she lives near Union Square and 5 of the stores on the list are located there. She went in the morning, then went back in the afternoon. There were people that were going back and forth between the stores and getting more stuff. The employees didn't care since the stuff had to be given away for free. My friend is giving some of the stuff to her parents and friends (since her friends were at work).

  8. I totally agree...I hate long lines and I wouldn't have missed the inauguration for the world. But I went today and they were still giving out free stuff, though not as much as yesterday.

  9. I got to the mall at 1015 on Tuesday, and the mall opened at 10. I went to Neiman's, Nordy's, Macy's, and Dillards. I was in and out of the mall within 30 minutes between those 4 stores. Has anyone ever used the Lancome Primordial Skin Defense?

  10. Clinique Moisture Surge!
    Not really long lines. At the Paseo Pasadena Macy's, they ran out of EVERYTHING but Clinique so all they did was have people write their names and grab a bag so it was VERRYY quick!

    Luckily, overall it wasn't too shabby, plus I didn't miss the inauguration =)