New FDA Study About Lead In Lipstick

The Food and Drug Administration tested 400 lipsticks from some of the most popular brands like Revlon, L'Oreal, MAC, and and Estee Lauder and found lead in almost all of them.

It's important to note all the levels are lower than the maximum allowed by the FDA in color additives. The agency does not regulate lead in lipstick, but now is considering setting a limit.

Of the ten lipsticks found to contain the most lead, five were from L'Oreal.

KKTV found the second lipstick on the list for sale at a Colorado Springs drug store. It's L'Oreal's Colour Riche, "Volcanic."

We also found the ninth, Maybelline's Color Sensational, "Mauve Me."

Even though 400 lipsticks were found to contain lead, none of them had what's considered an "unsafe level." Still, the study shows the numbers in many have gone up since the last study in October 2007.

And, ladies may be frustrated to find out, if your lipstick wasn't included in this test there's no easy way to know which brands contain zero amount of lead. The government doesn't require companies to test for it.

Ironically, the FDA study shows that the lipstick with the least amount of lead was also the cheapest. It's Wet 'N' Wild's Bahama Mama.

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  • by Joseph Location: Florida on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM
    You can get your lipstick tested at PES Enviro. They even send you a kit for free in most cases. Check out If you doubt the integrity of your lipstick I would call them or send them an email this is pretty serious in my opinion...
  • by Bradman on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    We finally found out why women are crazy!
  • by Lisa Location: CSCO on Feb 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    why does lead have to be in lipstick anyway?
  • by Grammar Alert on Feb 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    What is the point of this article? Is this really news worthy? I mean come on. I could see if the lipstick was toxic. If it's tested at a safe level then why report it. And "and and", maybe you guys should hire people that proof read before putting this stuff out. What does KKTV hire High School drop outs? That looks bad on Southern Colorado News agencies, if not on KKTV.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    I wonder how many brands are made in China? You can bet the farm any that are will be loaded with lead.
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