Lipstick Recall - is there lead in my lipstick?

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.

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Sample #  
Brand  
Parent company  
Lipstick Line Number and Color  
Lot #  
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
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Sample #  
Brand  
Parent company  
Lipstick Line Number and Color  
Lot #  
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
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Sample #  
Brand  
Parent company  
Lipstick Line Number and Color  
Lot #  
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
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Sample #  
Brand  
Parent company  
Lipstick Line Number and Color  
Lot #  
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 Ladybug
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
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Sample #  
Brand  
Parent company  
Lipstick Line Number and Color  
Lot #  
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.

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madheadquaters 8 years ago from PLANET EARTH

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.


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maricarbo 8 years ago

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.


Larry R. Miller 8 years ago

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.


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

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


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Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

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


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

I prefer women with 'natural' looks!


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Rudra 8 years ago

can trust anyone these days


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dc64 8 years ago

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


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Princessa 8 years ago from France

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.


Darlene 8 years ago

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!


cathybolean 8 years ago

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


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winter52 7 years ago

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!


Haley 6 years ago

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.


Ellie 5 years ago

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.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco Author

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.


emily 4 years ago

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

mascara and eyelineR?


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louromano 4 years ago

Very useful information !


Evelyn 3 years ago

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


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oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

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


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Susan Trump 19 months ago from San Diego, California

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.

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