FDA STUDY: Popular lipstick brands contain lead

12:30 AM, Feb 10, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL -- A new Food and Drug Administration study of lead in lipstick found the problem is worse than previously reported back in 2007 and more widespread.

The FDA found lead in most of the 400 lipsticks tested. Many had twice as much lead compared to the last FDA study.

According to the FDA test results, L'Oreal was the worst offender with 5 of the top 10 most lead laden lipsticks...

Here's look at the brands the FDA says had the highest lead levels:

  • Maybelline Pink Petal
  • L'Oreal Volcanic
  • Nars  Red Lizard
  • Cover Girl Queen Collection Ruby Remix
  • Nars Funny Face

According to the FDA test results, the cheapest lipstick out of the 400, Wet N' Wild Bahama Mama had the lowest lead levels.

Click here to see the 400 brands tested. *Make sure you scroll down halfway to see the newest test results.

Lead in lipstick is currently not regulated.  Previously, the FDA had said the levels found in lipstick were "safe" but with these new test results, the FDA is considering setting a lead limit in lipstick.

Lead is a known neurotoxin that builds up in your body. The Centers for Disease Control says there is no safe lead level for kids or pregnant women because lead contamination can pass through the placenta.

It is hard to know which brands 100 percent do not contain any lead because companies are not required to test for it. You may want to choose a cosmetic company that has signed the Safe Cosmetic Pact. An agreement to not use toxic ingredients.

You can also search the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database of more than 69,000 products to find safer brands.

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