A recent report released by the US Food and Drug Administration has revealed that some of the most popular brands of lipstick contain trace amounts of lead.
According to the report, more than 400 shades of lipstick were tested positive for the presence of lead. Five of the lipstick shades manufactured by L'Oreal and Maybelline belonged in the top 10 list of most contaminated of the cosmetics while two Cover Girl, two NARS and another lipstick manufactured by Stargazer were also in the list.
Even as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics continues to urge the government to limit the use of lead in cosmetics, the FDA said that the amounts of lead present in the cosmetics posed no danger to the consumers.
"Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. Our results do not show levels of lead in lipstick that would pose a safety concern. The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities", the agency said in a statement published on its website.