What’s in Your Lipstick? FDA Finds Lead in 400 Shades



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Your favorite shade of Marilyn Monroe red may contain lead, according to a recently updated test of lipstick by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency found that 400 popular lipsticks contained trace amounts of the toxin.

The worst offenders on the list were Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal, which had 7.19 parts per million of lead, and L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic, which had 7 parts per million. Several other brands, including Cover Girl and Nars had products hovering in the 4-to-5-parts-per-million range. (The average lead concentration found across the 400 lipsticks was 1.11 parts per million; click here to see the products ranked.)

That’s higher than what the FDA found in its first lipstick-lead test in 2007, which looked at 20 lipsticks and found lead in all — but none over 3.06 parts per million. In that test, all the products fell below the safety limit recommended by the state of California — 5 parts per million — the most stringent law in the country on lead in consumer products. While several of the products included in the recent analysis exceeded the lead levels measured in 2007, all but two still fell under the California threshold.

The FDA first began testing for lead in lipsticks in response to pressure from the consumer group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, whose own 2007 test of 33 lipsticks found lead in most of them. The group has long called on the FDA to set a lead limit for lipstick, but the agency has resisted, saying that the amount of the toxin found in lipstick poses no risk to consumers, especially since so little of the makeup is actually ingested by wearers.

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  • Stephen

    "The group has long called on the FDA to set a lead limit for lipstick, but the agency has resisted, saying that the amount of the toxin found in lipstick poses no risk to consumers, especially since so little of the makeup is actually ingested by wearers."

    That sounds just like some of the comments that were made by the cigarettes industry claiming that in spite of some of the chemicals they put in their cigarettes are also used in manufacturing carpet, they poses no risk to consumers.

  • mitchell

    The Gov should be fining the hell out of thses companies that are putting this kind of crap in their products.No more slaping them on the wrist.

  • Spyder dalton

    Yea and there are corosives in baby wipes and fire retardant in your soda pop but get that turkey sandwich
    out of your kids lunch box and listen to Michelle when she wants that twinkie taken away from you kids.
    We are being poisoned by everything we eat and touch. One out of two people will get cancer in their lifetime.
    The number 4 killer in America and they divert your attention by green energy being the solution to pollution…
    Don't believe it? Pick any named ingredient you can't pronounce off any item you use or food you eat and
    Google it to find out what it really is. It may be OK by the FDA for you to have acceptable levels of this chemical
    In one product but the accumulative effects of them being in everything you use is deadly. Good luck with
    Your wind mills and ELectric cars.

  • http://conservativebyte.com Michael G.

    I was hoping that someone would invent 'hamburger-flavored' lipstick, but alas…