10 lipsticks with the most lead

Lead is a heavy metal — a soft malleable poor metal. At certain exposure levels, lead is a poisonous substance to animals and human beings. It damages the nervous system and causes brain and blood disorders. Like the element mercury, another heavy metal, lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates in soft tissues and bones. Lead poisoning has been documented from ancient Rome, ancient Greece, and ancient China. Some argue that lead poisoning of the upper class contributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire.

Maybelline's Pink Petal Color Sensational Lipstick has the most lead

A new study from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found 400 brands of lipstick to contain lead.

While the FDA insists that the amounts detected do not pose safety risks to health, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says federal regulators have no scientific basis for this conclusion. For years, the consumer group has been pushing the government to set limits for lead levels in lipstick which the government resisted.

L'Oreal's Volcanic Lipstick

Sarah Halzack reports for the Washington Post, Feb. 14, 2012, on the 10 brands and shades of lipstick which contain the most lead. 5 of the top 10 are made by Maybelline and L’Oreal, both owned by L’Oreal USA.

1. Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal. (Lead content: 7.19 ppm)

2. L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic. (Lead content: 7.00 ppm)

3. NARS Semi-Matte in Red Lizard. (Lead content: 4.93 ppm)

4. Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color in Ruby Remix (Lead content: 4.92 ppm)

5. NARS Semi-Matte in Funny Face. (Lead content: 4.89)

6. L’Oreal Colour Rich in Tickled Pink. (Lead content: 4.45)

7. L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor in Heroic. (Lead content: 4.41)

8. Cover Girl Continuous Color in Warm Brick. (Lead content: 4.28)

9. Maybelline Color Sensational in Mauve Me. (Lead content: 4.23)

10. Stargazer lipstick in shade “c.” (Lead content: 4.12)

A full analysis of all 400 varieties of lead-containing lipsticks is available here.

~Eowyn

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9 responses to “10 lipsticks with the most lead

  1. I am obsessed with makeup but I mostly love products for eyes. I rarely wear lipstick, I usually wear just some light pink lipgloss.

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  2. Oh my gosh, watching Foxnews before church, and they said FDA said it was fine for women. The only thing Lead truly harms is small children, and then they named all these harmful horrific things it can cause in children, but they said women shouldn’t be alarmed. Are they that stupid? I cannot keep my lipsticks hidden from my little girl! In fact she has been known to eat her grandmas! Ridiculous!!!! So frustrating!!!!!

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  3. I better be careful of who’s lips I touch from here on out…
    not that it’s much of a problem,these days since they just
    smooch me on the only spot without hair….the top of my head 🙂

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  4. Wow, the government wants to check children’s lunch, but don’t want to control lead??? Maybe this is to intentionally dumb down women.

    I hardly ever wear makeup and when I do I go for the eyes, I never wore lipstick, it always chapped my lips, that’s a good thing huh…

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  5. I use none of those lipsticks. I use Revlon. Wonder how they rate. I have been using their lipsticks all my 67 years.

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  6. I wonder why women are obssessed with all that makeup. Unless they are on the stage, they really don’t need it. Women wear it to please themselves, not to please men, because most men find a natural look much more attractive.

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  7. Great public service post. Shared.

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