Lipsticks Containing Lead: The Top 10 Offenders

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How much lead is in your lipstick?

Did you kiss your kids with those lips this morning? Better hope they weren’t adorned with one of ten brands of lipstick found to contain the most lead.

The Washington Post reports that a new study by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) found that among the top 10 most contaminated brands were, “… five L’Oreal and Maybelline lipsticks, owned by L’Oreal USA … [and] two Cover Girl and two NARS lipsticks also landed in top 10 slots, as did one from Stargazer.”

The FDA argues that the trace levels of lead found in the lipsticks do not pose a danger to consumers, while a group called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics disagrees.  They explain on their website that lead builds up in the body over time and easily crosses the placenta, where it can interfere with normal development of a fetus and cause irreversible health effects, and argue that there’s no way to know what amount of lead exposure is truly safe.

So which lipstick was the worst offender? Check your makeup bag for Maybelline’s Color Sensational “Pink Petal” lipstick.  ABC News reports that children’s products in the U.S. cannot contain more than 100 parts per million of lead, and Pink Petal was found to contain 7.19 parts per million.

Here are the 10 lipsticks of the 400 tested by the FDA that had the highest levels of lead:

  1. Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Petal (L’Oreal)
  2. L’Oreal Colour Riche Volcanic (L’Oreal)
  3. NARS Semi-Matte Red Lizard (Shiseido)
  4. Cover Girl Queen Vibrant Hues Ruby Remix (Procter & Gamble)
  5. NARS Semi-Matte Funny Face (Shiseido)
  6. L’Oreal Colour Riche Tickled Pink (L’Oreal)
  7. L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor Heroic (L’Oreal)
  8. Cover Girl Continuous Color Warm Brick (Procter & Gamble)
  9. Maybelline Color Sensational Mauve Me (L’Oreal)
  10. Stargazer Lipstick 103


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