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Lead in lipsticks: FDA tests 400 tubes

The FDA tested 400 lipstick shades purchased from retail stores between Feb. and July of 2010 and found that several brands, including Maybelline, Cover Girl and L'Oreal were contaminated with lead.

Below, find a list of the 10 shades with the highest lead levels, and click here for the full list of lipsticks tested by the FDA.

Sample # Brand Parent company Lipstick line Shade # Shade Lot #a Lead (Pb)b (ppm)
1 Maybelline L'Oréal USA Color Sensational 125 Pink Petal FF205 7.19
2 L'Oréal L'Oréal USA Colour Riche 410 Volcanic FE259 7.00
3 NARS Shiseido Semi-Matte 1005 Red Lizard 0KAW 4.93
4 Cover Girl Queen Collection Procter & Gamble Vibrant Hues Color Q580 Ruby Remix 9139 4.92
5 NARS Shiseido Semi-Matte 1009 Funny Face 9DLW 4.89
6 L'Oréal L'Oréal USA Colour Riche 165 Tickled Pink FF224 4.45
7 L'Oréal L'Oréal USA Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor 748 Heroic FD306 4.41
8 Cover Girl Procter & Gamble Continuous Color 025 Warm Brick 9098 4.28
9 Maybelline L'Oréal USA Color Sensational 475 Mauve Me FF201 4.23
10 Stargazer Stargazer Lipstick 103 c 180808 4.12