I’d like to know which brands/kinds tested worse than others. I don’t actually wear lipstick unless it is necessary, which is rarely ever, myself.

Oct 12, 2007 04:30 AM

ATLANTA–Lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group found that more than half contained lead and some popular brands, including Cover Girl, L’Oréal and Christian Dior had more lead than others, the group said yesterday.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Spring, Calif., found 61 per cent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).

Lipstick, like candy, is ingested. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of public health, environmental and women’s groups, said the FDA has not set a limit for lead in lipstick.

One-third of the lipsticks tested contained an amount of lead that exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy – a standard established to protect children from ingesting lead, the group said. Thirty-nine per cent of the lipsticks tested had no discernible lead, it said.

“It’s possible to make lipsticks without lead, and all companies should be doing that,” said Stacy Malkan, a co-founder of the coalition.