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How Much Lead is in My Lipstick?

Lipsticks with the Most Lead

1. Maybelline Color Sensational in Pink Petal 7.19
2. L’Oréal Colour Riche in Volcanic 7.00
3. NARS Semi-Matte in Red Lizard 4.93
4. Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color in Ruby Remix 4.92
5. NARS Semi-Matte in Funny Face 4.89
6. L’Oréal Colour Riche in Tickled Pink 4.45
7. L’Oréal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor in Heroic 4.41
8. Cover Girl Continuous Color in Warm Brick 4.28
9. Maybelline Color Sensational in Mauve Me 4.23
10. Stargazer Lipstick in C 4.12

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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5:10AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Wow, something we need to be aware of ......and keep a close eye on what the companies do

8:14AM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thanks for the info

4:56AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Wow... I didnt know that but anyway, I dont use any of those brands mentioned anyway.

3:02AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

I use an Avon brand and it was way low on the list of the 400. I don't think I will worry too much, since I only wear it a few times a week now.

6:21PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Unfortunately not enough to kill you!

5:51AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

@ Sue - I find it quite sad that people actually believe such things about organic products! I hope the person who made that naive comment is following this discussion, otherwise they will never learn the truth!

8:14AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

"Buy organic, then you're guaranteed lead free"

This is a really important misunderstanding that really needs to be addressed.

No one is a bigger fan of USDA Certified Organic than me...but the lead issue has nothing to do with whether or not a product is organic. And in fact, organic cosmetics may actually (if tested) be higher in lead as the result of containing more agricultural ingredients. The lead is found in the ingredients used to color the lipsticks. It may also be found in other ingredients or from other causes -- but it is a fact that lead is in colorants. And it is not a secret. I have graphics here to document this: http://sueapitolikes.com/2012/lead-in-cosmetics/

3:30AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Buy organic, then you're guaranteed lead free :-)

11:04AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

You can get your lipstick tested at PES Enviro. They even send you a kit for free in most cases. Check out http://pes-enviro.com. If you doubt the integrity of your lipstick I would call them or send them an email this is pretty serious in my opinion...

10:59AM PST on Feb 16, 2012

You can get your lipstick tested at PES Enviro. They even send you a kit for free in most cases. Check out http://pes-enviro.com. If you doubt the integrity of your lipstick I would call them or send them an email this is pretty serious in my opinion...

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