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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