Green Buckeye RN FDA Tests Lipsticks, Finds Lead in All
May 26, 2010, 10:07 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on...Lead

Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 2:05 p.m.

We twist it, glide it, paint it on, and suddenly we feel attractive, composed, sexy and ready for the world.

Drenched in shades of sangria, dahlia, ruby, cherry and garnet, our lipstick-stained mouths exude health.

But looks can deceive.

Tests conducted by the FDA last year on 22 red lipsticks found lead, a neurotoxin, in every single lipstick sample studied.

The highest levels were in three well-known and common brands: Cover Girl, Revlon, L’Oreal.

While the FDA says it’s continuing lead research on additional cosmetic brands and colors, it’s reassuring consumers that the lead levels it found in the red lipsticks are very small and not a health threat.

The FDA does not regulate lead in finished cosmetics, only in colors added to the products. None of the products exceeded the 20 parts per million limit on colors, the agency said.

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