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Lipstick Recall - is there lead in my lipstick?

lipstick-recall

Update February 15, 2012: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report detailing lead levels in hundreds of lipstick brands and colors. Trace levels, which the FDA argues do not pose a risk to wearers, were detected in 400 lipsticks, in ranges of less than 0.026 ppm to 7.19 ppm (parts per million). The average was 1.11 ppm. The US does not define a maximum lead level in lipstick, but maintains the tested levels are safe. Canada, on the other hand, does impose an upper limit, but, at 10 ppm, all the FDA-tested lipsticks would clear this standard. There is no FDA recall of lipsticks at this time. However, you can review those lipsticks that showed trace lead levels in the table below. All tested lipsticks were purchased from retail shops in February 2010 and July 2010.

Sample #BrandParent companyLipstick Line Number and ColorLot #Lead ppm

1

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 125 Pink Petal

FF205

7.19

2

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 410 Volcanic

FE259

7

3

NARS

Shiseido

Semi-Matte 1005 Red Lizard

0KAW

4.93

4

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Color Q580 Ruby Remix

9139

4.92

5

NARS

Shiseido

Semi-Matte 1009 Funny Face

9DLW

4.89

6

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 165 Tickled Pink

FF224

4.45

7

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor 748 Heroic

FD306

4.41

8

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 025 Warm Brick

9098

4.28

9

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 475 Mauve Me

FF201

4.23

10

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 103

180808

4.12

11

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 103

180808

4.06

12

Revlon

Revlon

Matte 009 Fabulous Fig

8262

3.32

13

Sonia Kashuk

Target Corporation

Luxury Lip Color 27 Mauvey

090464_0511 X564A

3.12

14

Avon

Avon

Beyond Color 558 Mad For Mauve

AR01

3.08

15

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 530 Mauve Amour

FD339

2.87

16

Revlon

Revlon

ColorStay 375 Ripened Red

9040

2.84

17

Burt's Bees

Clorox Company

Lip Shimmer Toffee

1130801

2.81

18

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 631 Luminous Pink

9097

2.81

19

Sonia Kashuk

Target Corporation

Luxury Lip Color 27 Mauvey

090464_0511 X564A

2.8

20

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 643 Satin Plum

8351

2.77

21

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 595 Iced Plum

5353

2.74

22

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 101

180808

2.71

23

Fashion Fair

Johnson Publishing Company

Forever Matte 8207 Forever Gold

H2

2.68

24

Avon

Avon

Beyond Color 541 Uptown Pink Rose

KL9

2.59

25

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 035 Smokey Rose

8261

2.56

26

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Incredifull Lipcolor 924 Ripe Raspberry

8226S1

2.52

27

Revlon

Revlon

Renewist 130 Mauvellous

8043

2.52

28

Revlon

Revlon

ColorStay Soft and Smooth 200 Natural Cashmere

9233

2.44

29

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 435 Cherry Brandy

5258

2.42

30

Revlon

Revlon

Renewist 010 Naturally Revealing

8077

2.4

31

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 701 Rosy Wine

5102

2.28

32

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Metallic Work It!

18G101

2.28

33

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Frost Metal Maven

AC9

2.28

34

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Color Q582 Cherry Bomb

7290

2.27

35

Stargazer

Stargazer

Fantasy Crystal Fuschia

10306

2.27

36

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 575 Really Red

5251

2.26

37

Revlon

Revlon

Renewist 160 Plum Luck

7339

2.25

38

Burt's Bees

Clorox Company

Lip Shimmer Guava

3000901

2.24

39

Revlon

Revlon

ColorStay Soft and Smooth 360 Pink Indulgence

9141

2.24

40

Avon

Avon

Beyond Color 549 Pink Lemonade

KW9

2.23

41

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Color Q430 Toast Of The Town

7297

2.22

42

Almay

Revlon

Hydracolor 545 Pink Pearl

9986-20

2.21

43

Fashion Fair

Johnson Publishing Company

Finishings 8907 Berry Bourgeois

8900-70

2.18

44

Revlon

Revlon

Matte 006 Really Red

9259

2.12

45

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014337 Sheer Blush

MT10

2.09

46

Jafra

Jafra Cosmetics International

Ultra Creamy 814 Pure Blush

9233

2.08

47

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Amplified Creme Show Orchid

AC9

2.08

48

Estee Lauder Prescriptives

Estee Lauder

Colorscope Shimmer 24 Apricot Blossom

A97

2.07

49

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 565 Rose Cashmere

9104

2

50

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 015 Bronzed Peach

8345

2

51

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 830 Naked Ambition

FD274

2

52

Rimmel London

Coty

Lasting Finish 058 Drop Of Sherry

9056

1.98

53

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 130

141207

1.98

54

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014346 Garnetfrost

RH11

1.96

55

Avon

Avon

Beyond Color 557 Cantaloupe

KD91

1.95

56

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 565 Rose Cashmere

9104

1.94

57

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 335 Get Nutty

FF293

1.94

58

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Color Q435 Cherrylicious

7297

1.93

59

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 505 Iceblue Pink

9356

1.92

60

Revlon

Revlon

Moon Drops 260 Heather Frost

2Y1

1.91

61

Clarins

Clarins USA

Rouge Appeal 09 Strawberry Smoothie

HC

1.88

62

Revlon

Revlon

ColorStay Soft and Smooth 225 Pecan Pleasure

9296

1.88

63

Rimmel London

Coty

Lasting Finish 058 Drop Of Sherry

9056

1.88

64

BeneFit

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Pearl LP23 Bold and Beautiful

3L1A

1.86

65

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 120 Apricot Fantasy

9154

1.85

66

NARS

Shiseido

Shimmer 1021 Venice

9XAD

1.84

67

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 450 Gentlemen Prefer Pink

9069

1.84

68

Almay

Revlon

Hydracolor 510 Rosewood

7005

1.82

69

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014343 Mocha Freeze

MT13

1.82

70

Revlon

Revlon

Moon Drops Frost 450 Amethyst Smoke

9328

1.81

71

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 760 Silverstone

FF152

1.8

72

Revlon

Revlon

Renewist 060 Perfect Pastel

7087

1.8

73

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color 116 Candy

AA9

1.78

74

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 465 Madison Mauve

FF340

1.78

75

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 560 Fabulous Fuchsia

9264

1.76

76

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden

Color Intrigue Effects 19 Cocoa Bronze Pearl

8KAK

1.76

77

Revlon

Revlon

ColorStay Soft and Smooth 315 Juicy Plum

9257

1.75

78

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 420 Blushed

9260

1.75

79

Jafra

Jafra Cosmetics International

Ultra Creamy 815 Pure Ruby

9234

1.74

80

Avon

Avon

Beyond Color 555 Raisinette

LN9

1.73

81

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 520 Eternally Mauve

FF016

1.72

82

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme A78 Wine On Ice

WD1361

1.71

83

Revlon

Revlon

Moon Drops Frost 700 Crystal Cut Coral

7080

1.7

84

Almay

Revlon

Hydracolor 615 Plum Pearl

6340

1.69

85

Gabriel

Gabriel Cosmetics

Color Copper Glaze

9226

1.69

86

Gabriel

Gabriel Cosmetics

Color Copper Glaze

9226

1.69

87

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 417 Peach Fuzz

FF324

1.69

88

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 400 Captivating Coral

FE012

1.69

89

NARS

Shiseido

Sheer 1081 Beautiful Liar

8WGD

1.69

90

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 620 Mica

FF135

1.63

91

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 205 Nearly There

FF319

1.61

92

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 205 Champagne On Ice

9309

1.61

93

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Frost Bronzilla

AB9

1.57

94

Stargazer

Stargazer

Glitter Green

708

1.57

95

Dior

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Rouge Dior 365 VIP Pink

9T03

1.56

96

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 520 Wine With Everything

10062

1.55

97

Revlon

Revlon

Moon Drops Frost 335 Copperglaze Brown

8206

1.54

98

BeneFit

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Full-Finish LP83 Sassy-frass

8E2A

1.53

99

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 104

10606

1.53

Sample #BrandParent companyLipstick Line Number and ColorLot #Lead ppm

100

Estee Lauder Prescriptives

Estee Lauder

Colorscope Sparkle 51 Bronze Lustre

A79

1.5

101

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Glaze Frou

A10

1.49

102

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014358 Frosted Rose

RR22

1.49

103

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme 12 Sugar Plum Ice

WB1591

1.48

104

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Mineral Power 100 Pink Pearl

FE190

1.47

105

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 615 Summer Sunset

FF275

1.46

106

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 520 Wine With Everything

10062

1.46

107

Avon

Avon

Beyond Color 551 Peach Daiquiri

KP9

1.45

108

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 500 Undeniably Mauve

FF023

1.45

109

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 740 Really Rose

FF243

1.44

110

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme G280 Mocha Ice

WD1421

1.41

111

Almay

Revlon

Hydracolor 600 Dusk

681B

1.4

112

Avon

Avon

Perfect Wear P003 Forever Pink

SBK01

1.39

113

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Tinted Lip Balm 025748 Blush

TC26

1.39

114

Colorganics

Colorganics

Hemp Organics Purple Haze

 

1.38

115

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 805 Golden Splendor

FF364

1.38

116

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 117

180808

1.38

117

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

All Day ADL 39 Frosted Apricot

AA9

1.37

118

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Mineral Power 250 Chestnut

FE158

1.37

119

Colorganics

Colorganics

Hemp Organics Purple Haze

 

1.36

120

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color 1E0 Classic Red

AA9

1.35

121

Almay

Revlon

Ideal Lipcolor 240 Plum

086724-16

1.34

122

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Fever Shine Natural Glimmer

18F302

1.34

123

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Glaze Bubbles

AC9

1.34

124

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 03 Metallic Sand

B78

1.33

125

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color 125 Melon

A69

1.32

126

Revlon

Revlon

Renewist 170 Full Bodied Wine

8040

1.32

127

Estee Lauder Origins

Estee Lauder

Flower Fusion 21 Calla Lily

A39

1.31

128

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Fever Enticing Rose

1.80E+105

1.31

129

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014379 Paradise Pink

MK31

1.3

130

Revlon

Revlon

Moon Drops Creme 585 Persian Melon

8156

1.28

131

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden

Ceramide Plump Perfect 27 Perfect Amethyst

9CA

1.27

132

Almay

Revlon

Hydracolor 520 Sienna

651X

1.26

133

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014349 Golden

MR26

1.26

134

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 24 Nearly Violet

AB8

1.24

135

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Matte 82 Berry Berry

A89

1.24

136

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Sparkling Adorned

8345ZA

1.23

137

Almay

Revlon

Hydracolor 520 Sienna

651X

1.22

138

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 300 Crimson Joy

FF203

1.21

139

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Hydrabase 134 Wild Tulip

121

1.2

140

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Le Rouge Absolu Beige Cashmere

18F200

1.2

141

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Heidi Klum Perfect   Exotic Spice

9223ZA

1.19

142

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 09 Citrus Rose

A89

1.18

143

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Sheen Vintage Rose

18G203

1.18

144

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 300 Coffee Bean

9110

1.18

145

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Sheer Gloss Stick Vulnerable

X139

1.18

146

Fashion Fair

Johnson Publishing Company

Lipstick 8091 Crystal Crimson

B3

1.17

147

Iman Cosmetics

Iman Cosmetics

Luxury Moisturizing 004 Paprika

9541

1.17

148

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different A3 Ice Bloom

B79

1.15

149

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014340 Pink Shimmer

RH30

1.15

150

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Too Faced Free Love

ABO

1.15

151

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine C2 Heather Moon

A79

1.13

152

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Fever Beige Everyday

18DO02

1.13

153

Almay

Revlon

Ideal Lipcolor 210 Coffee

86724-04

1.12

154

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Metallic Poodle Skirt

18F902

1.11

155

Chanel

Chanel

Aqualumière 74 Como

9601

1.1

156

Stargazer

Stargazer

Fantasy Crystal Pink

10306

1.1

157

Clarins

Clarins USA

Lip Colour Tint 19 Wild Berry

F5

1.08

158

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 800 In The Buff

FF218

1.08

159

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Frost Bronze Shimmer

AB9

1.08

160

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U421 Berry Berry Nice

SKC91

1.07

161

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 27 After Party

AB9

1.07

162

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L‘Absolu Rouge Champagne

18G101

1.07

163

Revlon

Revlon

Moon Drops Creme 590 Lilac Champagne

8217

1.06

164

Chanel

Chanel

Aqualumière 31 Waikiki

1302

1.05

165

Estee Lauder Prescriptives

Estee Lauder

Colorscope Cream 35 Currant Affair

AC7

1.04

166

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 835 Bronze Coin

FF149

1.04

167

Revlon

Revlon

Beyond Natural 050 Spice

821B

1.04

168

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Frost Frenzy

A10

1.03

169

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 635 Very Cherry

FF341

1.03

170

Stargazer

Stargazer

Glitter Fuschia

1009

1.03

171

BeneFit

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Silky-Finish LP57 Candy Store

9K1A

1.02

172

Iman Cosmetics

Iman Cosmetics

Luxury Lipstain 203 Rapture

9634

1.02

173

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014382 Pink Satin

MV11

1.02

174

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Double Wear DWL 01 Stay Rose

A59

1.01

175

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 441 Adore U

AB9

1

176

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Le Rouge Absolu Pink Eclipse

7K016

1

177

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Frost Bombshell

A99

1

178

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014376 Dusty Rose

MM20

0.97

179

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Double Wear DWL 03 Stay Pinkberry

A79

0.96

180

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L‘Absolu Rouge Amande Sucrée

18G100

0.96

181

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Metallic Lip Color 1 Baby Peach

AA9

0.95

182

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different A0 Gingerfrost

A10

0.95

183

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre London Life

AB9

0.95

184

NARS

Shiseido

Sheer 1078 Manhunt

7FLD

0.95

185

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 657 Fuchsia Fusion

9167

0.95

186

Stargazer

Stargazer

Glitter Pink

708

0.95

187

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG L 10 Radiant Rose

A89

0.94

188

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U421 Berry Berry Nice

SKC91

0.93

189

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme 310 Plum Sable

WC1871

0.93

190

Rimmel London

Coty

Lasting Finish 170 Alarm

7246

0.93

191

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Baroque Boudoir Baroque Boudoir

A99

0.92

192

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014355 Raisinberry

RF29

0.92

193

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 111

10306

0.92

194

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine 15 All Heart

A89

0.91

195

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Fever Rock Icon Fuchsia

7D178

0.91

196

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014352 Apricot Glaze

RD19

0.91

197

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Color Sensational 325 Cinnamon Stick

FF303

0.91

198

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden

Ceramide Plump Perfect 03 Perfect Currant

9AA1

0.9

Sample #BrandParent companyLipstick Line Number and ColorLot #Lead ppm

199

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme 310 Plum Sable

WC1871

0.9

200

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 06 Lush Rose

A88

0.89

201

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme C377 Rose Luster

WD2081

0.89

202

Chanel

Chanel

Aqualumière 37 Ipanema

1501

0.88

203

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

All Day ADL 18 Starlit Pink

A10

0.88

204

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine 13 Baby Kiss

A89

0.86

205

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden

Color Intrigue Effects 15 Sugarplum Shimmer

K9JA2

0.86

206

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 825 Bronzine

FF236

0.86

207

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014334 Berry Kiss

MV04

0.86

208

Clarins

Clarins USA

Joli Rouge 703 Ginger

RU

0.85

209

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Allure 21 Exotic

2201

0.84

210

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine 15 All Heart

A89

0.84

211

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 31 Spiced Coral

A89

0.84

212

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Double Wear DWL 02 Stay Pink

B49

0.83

213

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Tinted Lip Balm 025393 Rose

TF23

0.83

214

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 426 Perfect Plum

AB9

0.82

215

Dior

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Addict High Shine 750 Runway Red

9Wo1

0.82

216

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 825 Bronzine

FF236

0.82

217

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 754 Sugar Plum

FF245

0.82

218

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine 63 Pink Spice

AA9

0.81

219

Stargazer

Stargazer

Fantasy Crystal Cinnamon

10306

0.81

220

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 31 Spiced Coral

A89

0.8

221

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color Crystal 303 Crystal Pink

AA9

0.8

222

Iman Cosmetics

Iman Cosmetics

Luxury Moisturizing 001 Wild Thing

9BU3

0.8

223

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Tinted Lip Balm 025395 Apricot

TC30

0.8

224

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Metallic Copper Desire

18FN11

0.79

225

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Metallic Lip Color 10 Ruby

AC9

0.78

226

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 07 Rich Berry

A98

0.78

227

Estee Lauder Origins

Estee Lauder

Flower Fusion 04 Marigold

A59

0.78

228

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 63 Divine Red

A68

0.77

229

Burt's Bees

Clorox Company

Lip Shimmer Champagne

3530901

0.76

230

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor 858 Charming

FD033

0.76

231

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme A55 Orchid Frost

WC3491

0.76

232

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Shine Q930 Shiny Parfait

8113U2

0.75

233

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 33 Apricot Sun

A39

0.75

234

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014325 Black Cherry

RH24

0.75

235

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different A4 Angelic

A10

0.74

236

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 15 Woodland Berry

B79

0.74

237

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Slimshine Rock Out

AB7

0.74

238

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014373 Pink Melon

RF27

0.74

239

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Fever Shine Simmering

18DD00

0.73

240

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 590 Blushing Berry

FF306

0.73

241

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014373 Pink Melon

RF27

0.72

242

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 115

180808

0.72

243

Chanel

Chanel

Aqualumière 98 Grenada

1901

0.7

244

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Tinted Lip Balm 025396 Poppy

TD01

0.7

245

Rimmel London

Coty

Lasting Finish 180 Jet Set Red

9295

0.7

246

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L‘Absolu Rouge Absolute Rouge

18G200

0.69

247

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L‘Absolu Rouge Absolute Rouge

18G200

0.69

248

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 850 Extreme Spice

FF222

0.69

249

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Satin Viva Glam II

A20

0.69

250

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden

Exceptional 74 Marigold

8PA3

0.68

251

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Pearl 616 Wink For Pink

9162

0.68

252

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Signature SIG 36 Black Cherry

A99

0.67

253

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 820 Chocolate Obsession

FF216

0.66

254

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Matte Cream Siren

76

0.66

255

Rimmel London

Coty

Lasting Finish 038 In Vogue

9279

0.64

256

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014361 Toffee

RF19

0.63

257

Revlon

Revlon

Beyond Natural 060 Berry

951

0.63

258

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Glaze Shitaki

AB9

0.62

259

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Slimshine Intimidate

A69

0.62

260

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014331 Whipped Berries

RH28

0.61

261

Stargazer

Stargazer

Fantasy Crystal Copper

10306

0.61

262

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color 1CM Plumberry

A78

0.6

263

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Cremesheen On Hold

AC9

0.6

264

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014367 Tanned

MR08

0.6

265

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014385 Hibiscus

MK30

0.6

266

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Allure 70 Adorable

1801

0.59

267

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Allure 70 Adorable

1801

0.59

268

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme C410 Plum Wine

FF050A

0.59

269

Avon

Avon

Perfect Wear P203 Enduring Wine

SBB01

0.58

270

Avon

Avon

Perfect Wear P005 Forever Fuschia

SKK91

0.58

271

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Allure 75 Amusing

1401

0.58

272

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine 08 Golden Brandy

A99

0.58

273

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different 33 Raspberry Glace

A10

0.57

274

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014328 Apple Berry

RK21

0.57

275

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U101 Instant Mocha

SLG91

0.56

276

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Frost Angel

A10

0.56

277

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U2 Wink

SJF91

0.55

278

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Mineral Power 350 Plum Wine

FE184

0.55

279

Estee Lauder Prescriptives

Estee Lauder

Lipshine 09 Sunkissed

A69

0.54

280

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Allure 14 Passion

2201

0.53

281

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Glaze Riveting

AC9

0.53

282

Clarins

Clarins USA

Joli Rouge Perfect 700 Cedar Red

6N

0.52

283

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 414 Fresh Watermelon

AA9

0.52

284

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L'Absolu Rouge Rose Mythique

18G101

0.52

285

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Milan Mode

AC8

0.52

286

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme E190 Royal Red

FE354A

0.52

287

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L'Absolu Rouge Rich Cashmere

18G101

0.51

288

Chanel

Chanel

Rouge Allure 10 Attitude

1001

0.5

289

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color Crystal 91 Elizabeth Pink

A89

0.5

290

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color Crystal 306 Crystal Rose

A79

0.5

291

Avon

Avon

Perfect Wear P304 Sunkissed Ginger

SBC91

0.49

292

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Shine Q920 Shiny Port Wine

8170U2

0.49

293

BeneFit

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Full-Finish LP84 Do Tell

8F1A

0.48

294

Estee Lauder Prescriptives

Estee Lauder

Lipshine 06 Raspberry Ice

A49

0.48

295

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U206 Wineberry

SJL91

0.47

296

Iman Cosmetics

Iman Cosmetics

Luxury Moisturizing 006 Black Brandy

8AK1

0.47

297

Wet 'n' Wild

Markwins International

Mega Last Lip Color 901B Think Pink

931201

0.47

Sample #BrandParent companyLipstick Line Number and ColorLot #Lead ppm

298

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different A5 Heartfelt

A10

0.46

299

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color Crystal 3C8 Crystal Beige

B48

0.45

300

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Sophisto

AC9

0.45

301

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Creme 640 Blackberry

9308

0.44

302

Shiseido

Shiseido

Shimmering SL7 C

FPKD

0.44

303

Burt's Bees

Clorox Company

Lip Shimmer Raisin

3070901

0.43

304

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 409 Ambrosia

A89

0.43

305

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Shine 17 Watermelon

A89

0.43

306

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L'Absolu Rouge Pink Sapphire

18EO02

0.43

307

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Charismatic

AB9

0.41

308

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Laugh A Lot

AB9

0.41

309

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Creamy Lip Color 33 Retro Pink

AC9

0.4

310

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 427 Crushed Grape

A99

0.4

311

Cover Girl Queen Collection

Procter and Gamble

Vibrant Hues Shine Q940 Shiny Wine

8320U2

0.4

312

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Satin Empowered

A99

0.4

313

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 433 Apple Brandy

A89

0.39

314

Estee Lauder Origins

Estee Lauder

Rain and Shine 15 Pink Sparkle

A39

0.39

315

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Utter Fun

A79

0.39

316

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Amplified Creme Cosmo

AC9

0.39

317

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Moisture Extreme G140 Peach Mocha

WC2261

0.39

318

Shiseido

Shiseido

Shimmering SL16

NNGS

0.39

319

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color 1A3 Maraschino

A89

0.38

320

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U103 Rosewine

SLI91

0.37

321

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Utter Fun

A79

0.37

322

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Patisserie

AA9

0.37

323

Clarins

Clarins USA

Sun Sheer 05 Sunset Cinnamon

M1

0.35

324

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Perfect Showstopper

9BZ1

0.35

325

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

All Day ADL 19 Rich and Rosey

AA9

0.33

326

Shiseido

Shiseido

Shimmering SL10

NLEL

0.32

327

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 119

17210

0.32

328

Wet 'n' Wild

Markwins International

Mega Last Lip Color 914C Mocha-licious

931301

0.32

329

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 19 Extreme Pink

A99

0.31

330

Dior

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Addict Lipcolor 773 Scarlet Siren

9X02

0.31

331

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Amplified Creme Dubonnet

A20

0.31

332

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U423 Red 2000

SJL91

0.3

333

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 310 Fired Up

FD268

0.3

334

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Satin Retro

AB9

0.3

335

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 108

90808

0.3

336

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 14 Cider Berry

A49

0.29

337

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Le Rouge Absolu Rhum Riche

18F100

0.29

338

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Endless 720 Real Raisin

FF232

0.29

339

Mary Kay

Mary Kay

Creme 014364 Shell

RF31

0.29

340

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 030 It's Your Mauve

9346

0.28

341

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Volume Seduction XL 405 Peachy Flush

WE020

0.28

342

Revlon

Revlon

Super Lustrous Creme 135 Chocolate Velvet

9236

0.28

343

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 05 Go Fig

A59

0.27

344

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Red Stiletto

18G101

0.27

345

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Cremesheen Creme In Your Coffee

A89

0.27

346

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Cream All Done Up

1.80E+219

0.26

347

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last Soft Matte 18 Vintage Wine

A99

0.25

348

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Slimshine Urgent!

A49

0.25

349

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Plumful

AA9

0.24

350

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different A6 Rose Aglow

A10

0.23

351

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Fever Shine Tempt Me

18DN26

0.23

352

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Amplified Creme Morange

AC9

0.23

353

Maybelline

L'Oreal USA

Volume Seduction XL 605 Seductively Nude

WF197

0.23

354

NARS

Shiseido

Satin 1060 Afghan Red

8UDD

0.23

355

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Creamy Lip Color 5 Blue Raspberry

AC9

0.22

356

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Butter Shine 432 Cranberry Cream

A89

0.22

357

Wet 'n' Wild

Markwins International

Mega Last Lip Color 916D Ravin' Raisin

933001

0.22

358

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U250 Cherry Jubilee

SJT91

0.21

359

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different 04 A Different Grape

AB9

0.2

360

Estee Lauder Origins

Estee Lauder

Rain and Shine 22 Razzleberry

A10

0.2

361

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Le Rouge Absolu Valentine

18ED00

0.2

362

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

L‘Absolu Rouge Berry Noir

18FO00

0.2

363

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Satin Cyber

AC9

0.2

364

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U420 Poppy Love

SJZ91

0.18

365

Cover Girl

Procter and Gamble

Continuous Color 795 Toasted Almond

9230

0.18

366

Clinique

Estee Lauder

High Impact 02 Nude Beach

A89

0.17

367

Lancome

L'Oreal USA

Color Design Cream All Done Up

1.80E+219

0.17

368

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden

Exceptional 30 Fiesta

9AA

0.16

369

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Infallible 20 Gardenia

FE093B

0.16

370

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Desire

A89

0.15

371

M.A.C Dsquared2

Estee Lauder

Lustre Blood Red

A69

0.15

372

Stargazer

Stargazer

Lipstick 110

121008

0.15

373

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 108 Gilded Pink

FF339

0.14

374

Iman Cosmetics

Iman Cosmetics

Luxury Lipstain 208 Strip Tease

8CS1

0.13

375

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Spice It Up!

A10

0.13

376

Wet 'n' Wild

Markwins International

Mega Last Lip Color 910D Red Velvet

932301

0.13

377

Avon

Avon

Ultra Color Rich U516 Tuscan Russet

SL291

0.12

378

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Lip Color 57 Hot Cocoa

A38

0.12

379

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Lustre Lady Bug

AC9

0.12

380

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Matte Viva Glam I

A20

0.11

381

BeneFit

LVMH Perfums and Cosmetics

Full-Finish LP87 La La Land

8F1A

0.08

382

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Riche 231 Raspberries

FD111

0.08

383

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Amplified Creme Impassioned

A20

0.08

384

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Matte Chili

A10

0.08

385

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Different 53 Guava Stain

AC9

0.07

386

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Long Last 02 Sugar Bean

A99

0.07

387

Victoria's Secret

Limited Brands

Pout Pink Champagne

9217ZA

0.07

388

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Lip Color 8 Blackberry

AA9

0.06

389

Bobbi Brown

Estee Lauder

Lip Color 8 Blackberry

AA9

0.06

390

Fashion Fair

Johnson Publishing Company

Lipstick 8018 Magenta Mist

H1

0.06

391

Fashion Fair

Johnson Publishing Company

Lipstick 8014 Earth Red

H1

0.05

392

Iman Cosmetics

Iman Cosmetics

Luxury Moisturizing 005 Iman Red

J2

0.05

393

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Matte Lady Danger

A10

0.05

394

Lori Anne

Mood Magic

Mood Yellow

 

0.05

395

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Pure Color 161 Pink Parfait

BA9

0.04

396

M.A.C

Estee Lauder

Satin d M.A.C Red

A10

0.03

Sample #BrandParent companyLipstick Line Number and ColorLot #Lead ppm

397

Lori Anne

Mood Magic

Mood Blue

 

0.03

398

Clinique

Estee Lauder

Almost 06 Black Honey

A79

0.026

399

L'Oreal

L'Oreal USA

Colour Juice 240 Cherry On Top

FF082

0.026

400

Wet'n' Wild

Markwins International

Mega Mixers Lipbalm 281 Bahama Mama

927101

0.026

Lipstick Recall?

Important facts about lead in lipstick:

  • 61% of brand-name lipsticks recently tested contain lead
  • the average American woman consumes (ingests) 4 lbs of lipstick over the course of her lifetime
  • The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not regulate the level of lead in lipstick
  • Many lead-containing lipsticks have more lead in them than is allowable in candy
  • It is almost impossible for the human body to dispose of or break down lead. It accumulate in body tissues over time, so even a small amount, over time, can pose health risks
  • Lead is a neurotoxin - it damages brain and nerve cells
  • Lead poses a particular risk to pregnant women, since it can cross the placenta into the fetus and cause developmental problems

Lipsticks tested to have the highest levels of lead (above 0.1ppm lead levels):

  1. L'Oréal Colour Riche "True Red"
  2. L'Oréal Colour Riche "Classic Wine"
  3. Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor "Maximum Red"
  4. Cover Girl Continuous Color "Cherry Brandy
  5. Dior Addict "Positive Red"
  6. Maybelline NY Moisture Extreme Cocoa Plum
  7. Maybelline NY Moisture Extreme Midnight Red
  8. Peacekeeper Paint Me Compassionate
  9. Maybelline NY Moisture Extreme Scarlet Simmer

Safe lipsticks (less that 0.02ppm lead levels):

  1. Avon Ultra Color Rich Cherry Jubilee
  2. Body Shop Lip Colour Garnet
  3. Clinique Long Last Lipstick Merlot
  4. Dior Replenishing Lipcolor Red Premiere
  5. Estee Lauder Maraschino
  6. MAC Matte Lipstick Viva Glam 1
  7. Revlon Superlustrous Love That Red
  8. Revlon Superlustrous Bed of Roses
  9. Revlon Colorstay Lipcolor Red Velvet
  10. Tarte Inside Out Vitamin Lipstick
  11. Wet N Wild Mega Colors Cherry Blossom

Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Read the full document here: "A Poison Kiss"

Note that there is not a current recall of lipstick.

  • If you would like to add your name to a petition demanding that the FDA institute a recall, please visit this site.
  • Latest feed of recalls from the FDA.
  • Contact L'Oreal to ask them to reformulate their lipsticks without lead-containing compounds.

Wait...wasn't this a myth?

There was an urban myth circulating around a few years ago that said that you could determine if a lipstick had high levels of lead by smearing it into your palm, rubbing a gold ring on it, and see if it turned black. That was a myth, and it has been debunked.

Part of the myth was that lipsticks had dangerous & illegal levels of lead, too. This too was a myth. The lead levels are within the confines for coloring substances (pigments) set by the FDA. However, with what we know about lead and its toxicity, how much is actually consumed, and the fact that no level of lead is truly safe, it's worth arguing that no lead at all should be detectable in lipstick. The figures above prove that you can make lipstick with lead below detectable levels.

At the end of the day, it's up to you to decide whether or not the FDA-allowable levels of lead in lipstick are acceptable to you or not.

Comments

Susan Trump from San Diego, California on February 17, 2015:

As a woman who has been lead poisoned for decades and who just wrote "Would you Choose a Lipstick that gave you Breast Cancer" I was still surprised by your chart. I've trusted Origins to be more conscious than they have proven to be and Mac was considerably less toxic than I believed. Thanks. Keep putting it out. People will listen soon. The Breast Cancer Fund is a research org that might interest you. This is their meat and potatoes. They are about getting these issues to change.

oldiesmusic from United States on October 14, 2013:

Aaaakkk!!! It's time for me to look for alternative for those lipsticks that are hopefully organic and lead-free. Thanks for posting. :)

Evelyn on April 18, 2013:

Avon has taken out the lipsticks that have lipsticks with lead.

louromano on March 25, 2012:

Very useful information !

emily on February 24, 2012:

Is there lead in most make up products e.g.

mascara and eyelineR?

Jason Menayan (author) from San Francisco on September 14, 2011:

Ellie: The fact is that this is an unregulated market. I could create a lipstick in my garage today and sell it tomorrow, and the FDA would have no oversight over it. If someone notified me that the lipstick I made had lead, or I discovered it, I could work with the FDA to get a recall going to limit costs associated with damages. But, short of that, you're going to see that FDA information is reactive to problems, not proactive to them, at least when it comes to cosmetics.

If lipsticks with 0.1ppm of lead or higher - which is, as the FDA says, probably not something to get terribly alarmed about - is okay with you, then lipsticks from major, established cosmetics companies are probably safe. They tend to have more rigorous manufacturing standards, and they will take extra precautions to make sure they're not sued (it would be a big PR mess for them). Picking lipsticks out of the drugstore bargain bin is considerably more risky.

Ellie on September 14, 2011:

Funny that the title is "Lipstick Recall" when there is no lipstick recall. When I tried to find out if there was lead in my lipstick I could not find it. The FDA site says that the lipsticks do not contain large amounts of lead. In fact after researching it, we ingest more lead from drinking water than our lipstick. So now should we stop drinking water and breathing air? I wish there was a site that had accurate information. I really want to know if my lipstick is safe.

Haley on July 29, 2010:

Wal Mart, FAF, Lip Gloss, Locket, Childrens jewelry, lead, recall, health, cpsc Wal Mart Lip Gloss, Locket and Bracelet Set ... Wal Mart, toy, Faded Glory, Lip Gloss, Locket, Bracelet, Childrens jewelry, health, cpsc, lead, recall Wal-Mart Faded Glory Lip Gloss, Locket, and Bracelet Set... i can go on for ever never buy lip gloss at walmart ever.

winter52 on February 28, 2009:

It almost makes you want to return to the days when women made their own cosmetics. Plant some beets in the garden and then use the natural color to stain your lips. Yes, after reading this, I am tempted! Thanks for the heads up!

cathybolean on April 18, 2008:

what much lipstics use can make lips sprue ache for you.

Darlene on December 04, 2007:

I immediately went and checked the brand name on my lipstick, I'm not safe, it's off to the store to buy one with no lead! Thanks for the info!

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on November 07, 2007:

I cannot believe that you have just listed some of my favorites lipsticks among the ones with the highest levels of lead...

Now it comes the "to wear it or not to wear it" question... I think I will take the risk.

dc64 on November 06, 2007:

This made me run and check my lipstick! Thanks for the heads up.

Rudra on October 24, 2007:

can trust anyone these days

Ashok Rajagopalan from Chennai on October 17, 2007:

I prefer women with 'natural' looks!

Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on October 15, 2007:

I am so happy I rarely ever wear lapstick. It's either gloss or chapstick here.

Isabella Snow on October 13, 2007:

FFS! Eeeek! So glad I prefer gloss to lipstick!

Larry R. Miller on October 13, 2007:

Good article. This kind of information needs to be out there and those who are responsible for seeking the bottomline only need to be held accountable, especially at the checkout stand. The checkout stand will get their attention more quickly than some government agency that slaps them on the wrist and sends the bill to the American taxpayer.

maricarbo on October 13, 2007:

Thank you for this informative hub. I will be more careful now, when I buy my red color lipstick...and I do wear red....which seems to be the one that is affected.

madheadquaters from PLANET EARTH on October 12, 2007:

I THINK IT'S TIME TO PUT AN END TO THESE COMPANYS THAT DON'T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS, IT'S TIME TO STOP BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. JUST SAY NO AND LET THEM GO OUT OF BUSINESS! THE LIP STICK MANUFACTURES, TOYS, FOOD, PET FOODS, PRODUCE, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE, EVERYDAY WE GET A NEW SURPRISE, IT'S TIME TO GIVE THEM A SURPRISE AND QUIT SUPPORTING THEM! STOP BUYING THEIR STUFF ALL OF IT AND FIND COMPANYS THAT CARE TO BUY YOUR PRODUCTS FROM.