A study conducted by Consumer Education and Research Society (CERS) has found that many popular lipstick brands contain a high level of lead.
The CERS arrived at this conclusion after testing 46 varieties of lipsticks in the laboratory. These varieties included 43 shades of 19 widely used brands, and three lip glosses. They found that lipsticks that cost Rs 10 had a lead content of 2 particles per million (ppm) to 17 ppm, while the lipsticks priced over Rs 100 had 11 ppm to 23 ppm of lead.
"There is no safe lead exposure for humans. Lead is a neurotoxin causing learning, language and behavioural problems. Exposure to lead also develops infertility and miscarriage. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure," the report said.
The Bureau of Indian Standard permits 20 ppm of lead in lipsticks, but the CERS found that Ivovi 10 (brown) had 25 parts per million (ppm) and Lakme D414 (red) had 23 ppm.