FDA releases Test Results of Lead Levels in 400 Lipsticks

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(Best Syndication News) - Four hundred lipsticks were tested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and all contained trace levels of lead; however, the government agency considers it safe because it is not consumed. The testing results showed as low as 0.026 ppm, while other lipsticks tested much higher at 7.19 ppm.

The highest level was found in L’Oreal’s Maybelline Color Sensational Pink Petal color lipstick with the 7.19 ppm. Another L’Oreal Colour Riche Volcanic color lipstick tested at 7 ppm. Then NARS Semi Matte Red Lizard lipstick test in at the third highest level at 4.93 ppm. The Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color Ruby Remix tested at 4.92 ppm.

The three lipsticks at the lowest levels were tied at the bottom at 0.026 ppm. Wet’n’Wild Mega Mixers Lipbalm Bahama Mama had less than 0.026 ppm. L’Oreal Colour Juice Cherry On Top lipstick also tied with less the 0.026 ppm. Estee Lauder’s Clinique Almost Black Honey lipstick also had less than 0.026 ppm.

The FDA does not have lead level limits set for cosmetics, however they do require the color additives such as the ones used in lipsticks to be typically no more that 20 ppm.

The lipstick testing results by the FDA will be published in the May/June 2012 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science. To see the complete list of lead levels in lipstick visit FDA Lipstick Test Results.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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