Retailers to give away $175M in makeup

COSTA MESA Certain high-end cosmetics from perfume to makeup to skincare products are being given away for free as part of a class-action settlement.

Link: Get a list of products and stores involved in class-action case.

Fourteen retailers are involved, seven of them department chains in California, including: Bloomingdale's, Gottschalks, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The giveaway settlement is part of a class-action suit filed on behalf of Americans who bought cosmetics from those stores between May 29, 1994, to July 16, 2003.

"That is a wide range of people for a long period of time," said shopper Lisa Bershaw.

The lawsuit accused the stores of conspiring to fix the price of cosmetics. The retailers did not admit wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which forces the stores to give away $175 million in cosmetics.

"It is very expensive and it is a huge part of my budget. I am happy to partake in whatever they want to give me," said shopper Sandy Wahrenbrock.

Each person can choose one product from 20 items on the giveaway list. The products include: Christian Dior perfume, Estee Lauder face spray, Vera Wang Princess Body Polish, Lancome sunscreen, Coco Chanel Body Lotion, Guerlain Eau de Toilette, and Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Shower Gel.

These products hold an average retail value of $18 to $25.

"I have two teenage daughters and we use a lot of makeup," said one shopper.

The giveaway will only last seven days, or until supplies last. The big giveaway begins Tuesday.

"I would probably be there on one of the first days. Supplies will probably will not last that long," said a shopper.


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