Devout Jewish woman sues Lancôme over beauty product that fails the Sabbath test

NEW YORKER Rorie Weisberg forked out $45.00 for a one-ounce a bottle of facial gunk that promised a full night and day of “lasting perfection”.

The Orthodox Jewish woman did so because she wanted something that would last her through the Sabbath. The product had to be long- lasting because it is verboten for observant Jews to apply make-up between sundown on a Friday and Saturday night.

Lancôme’s new Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation held out the promise of a full 24 hours of beauty enhancement, but apparently failed to deliver. So, according to this report, Weisberg “can’t look good and stay holy at the same time”, and she’s suing the make-up giant.


Her suit states:

The 24-hour claim was central to plaintiff’s purchase decision, as a long-lasting makeup assists with her dual objectives of compliance with religious law and enhancement to her natural appearance.

Court papers say Weisberg:

Is an Orthodox Jew and abides by Jewish law by not applying makeup from sundown on Friday until nighttime on Saturday. This means the makeup would have been crucial to helping her keep Jewish law, especially at major family occasions.

Specifically, plaintiff’s eldest son is having his bar mitzvah celebration in June and plaintiff was looking for a long-lasting foundation that would achieve the foregoing dual objectives over the bar mitzvah Sabbath.

The suit alleged that the pricey product “faded significantly” overnight.

The Manhattan federal-court filing accuses Lancôme of violating New York business law through “deceptive acts and practices.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages from Lancôme and parent company L’Oréal on behalf of Weisberg and everyone else who bought the flesh-coloured foundation, as well as a “corrective advertising campaign.”

A spokeswoman for L’Oreal said in a statement:

Lancôme strongly believes that this lawsuit has no merit and stands proudly behind our products. We will strenuously contest these allegations in court. Consistent with our practice and policy, however, as this matter is currently in litigation, we cannot comment further.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

28 responses to “Devout Jewish woman sues Lancôme over beauty product that fails the Sabbath test”

  1. barriejohn says:

    It’s fairly obvious that a “devout” religiot is just the type to believe the ridiculous claims of cosmetic companies!

  2. remigius says:

    ‘The suit alleged that the pricey “faded significantly” overnight.’

    Faded? There is a more likely explanation. What colour was her pillow the following morning?

  3. sailor1031 says:

    Remigius: I’m not sure if you’re employing scientific method or Ockham’a razor but, by George, I think you’ve got it!

  4. Har Davids says:

    It thought the only miracles the religious believede are the ones they can attribute to their ‘god’. And has she sued anyone yet for all the bull-shit in her holy book; that should keep the courts busy for while.

  5. barriejohn says:

    I hope everyone watched this (three days left):

    Worth paying the licence fee for!

  6. barriejohn says:

    For those who can’t watch BBC programmes, and who maybe don’t know who Dave Allen was:

  7. Matt Westwood says:

    Is vanity no longer one of the seven deadly sins?

    In other words: the real WTF here is spending obscene quantities of money on lying to the world about your appearance. Religious people should not be doing it – it’s the sort of stupid crass behaviour that the terminally venial, selfish and deeply, deeply unpleasant people get up to.

  8. L.Long says:

    This religidiot worries about the Sabbath but does not worry about the part that says NOT to paint your face as do the whores of babylon–leviticus I think.

  9. Marky Mark says:

    LOL…never a dull moment with the religious crowd.

    Sooo…can a follower sue the church if their prayers are not answered?
    I think it was the doc Religious who interview a man who had a business creating all kinds of gadgets to outsmart the Sabbath rules.

  10. Broga says:

    I suppose this woman must be a stunning beauty and wants to appear at her gorgeous 100 per cent best? Or maybe she just needs all the help she can get. If this one succeeds there are plenty of advertising promises eligible for the courts.

  11. Stonyground says:

    The thing that gets me about the Jewish approach to the Sabbath is that they seem to have taken a good thing, a day of rest, and poisoned it by being so ridiculously literal about the not working part. Instead of a day of free time to do the things that you enjoy, the obsessive rules mean that the day pretty much goes to waste. If the average person lives to be seventy, that means that they actually waste ten years of their lives.

    Regarding this case, why doesn’t she get some wire and build an eruv where the silly rules don’t count, or hire a non-Jewish make-up artist maybe.

  12. barriejohn says:

    L. Long: Don’t forget Jezebel!

    “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:
    And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.” (II Kings 9:30-37)

  13. remigius says:

    Stonyground – ‘If the average person lives to be seventy, that means that they actually waste ten years of their lives.’

    As you know I’m not one to be pedantic, but if that person spends the average 8 hrs a day asleep they would only have wasted 6 yrs 8 months cos they’d be sleeping whether or not they followed the rituals!

  14. Mike says:

    The very idea of an Almighty God getting tired after a mere 6 days of finger snapping is ridiculous…so Jews, get your fairy tales straight and stop making even ass=wiping a sin….

  15. Angela_K says:

    So this imbecile puts this stuff on her face and leaves it on for over 24 hours; that means she doesn’t wash her face for that time – yuk, very unhygienic!

  16. tony e says:


    Sorry to be off topic – but stumbled across this article in the scottish sun.

    Keith O’Brien wants forgiveness for his actions as, apparently, it’s the christian thing to do.

    If there is one thing worse than a cowardly bully, it’s a self pitying cowardly bully.

  17. Lazy Susan says:

    Re Keith O’Brien – an article in the Times described how he has returned from hiding in Portugal & France and hopes to “relax” and “enjoy his retirement.” The opinions of several co-religionists were printed: they amounted to “he’s a man of god, it’s his religion, so he should be left alone.” I’m sure he agrees. Sickening.

  18. John C says:

    She obviously needs to sleep on her back and keep her face pointed upwards away from the pillow, it makes it so much easier for someone to stick a pillow over her face and suffocate her.

  19. Stonyground says:

    “As you know I’m not one to be pedantic, but if that person spends the average 8 hrs a day asleep they would only have wasted 6 yrs 8 months cos they’d be sleeping whether or not they followed the rituals!”

    My take on this is that we spend a third of our time asleep as a biological neccessity whether we follow pointless religious rituals or not. In that case, wasting your time while you are asleep has no relevence, it is only while you are awake that you have the choice to either use or waste your time. Therefore, wasting one out of every seven days does indeed equate to wasting ten years out of seventy.

  20. Teva says:

    Jews are SUCH whingers!.

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  22. jay says:

    Don’t know which is more ridiculous, the religious nutter or the company making a claim that someone, religious or not was sure to challenge.

  23. Lazy Susan says:

    Actually, this does not seem to be a religious issue to me. The product was advertised with certain claims. The customer found it lacking. The reason that the customer wanted the product to do what it said on the tin is beside the point.

  24. RussellW says:

    @Lazy Susan,

    Yes, the customer’s religious beliefs are irrelevant.