Red Flags for Red Lipstick

In the News Red Flags for Red Lipstick Bill to ban lead in some lipsticks fails -Julie Ryan Evans Love it or hate it, red lipstick is a cyclical beauty trend that has emerged every few years for decades. And this year it’s back in full force for fall. But besides the fact that it […]

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Red Flags for Red Lipstick

Bill to ban lead in some lipsticks fails

-Julie Ryan Evans

Love it or hate it, red lipstick is a cyclical beauty trend that has emerged every few years for decades. And this year it’s back in full force for fall.

But besides the fact that it may or may not look good on you, there’s another reason you may want to rethink sporting crimson lips. And a good one at that-many of those seemingly innocent tubes contain lead!

Yes, lead as in the evil stuff that has parents everywhere chucking their children’s favorite toys if there’s a speck to be found. And here we are putting it right on our LIPS.

This article says that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead in 61 percent of lipsticks tested, yet that “ingredient” wasn’t listed anywhere.
They say the top offenders are:

-L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red” – 0.65 ppm
-L’Oreal Colour Riche “Classic Wine” – 0.58 ppm
-Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red” – 0.56 ppm
-Dior Addict “Positive Red” – 0.21 ppm

And apparently a bill in California that would have limited lead from lipstick was shot down. Why would they need to put it in there in the first place? So-called “safe” levels or not, I don’t want ANY lead anywhere near my mouth.

The whole thing has me seeing red!

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