Several lipsticks tested by a U.S. consumer rights group contained lead and some popular brands, including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior, had more lead than others.
Tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by the Bodycote Testing Group in Santa Fe Springs found that 61% had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of public health, environmental and women's groups.
Lipstick, like candy, is ingested, but the Food and Drug Administration hasn't set a limit for lead in lipstick, the coalition said.
One-third of the lipsticks tested contained lead in excess of the FDA's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy, the group said. Thirty-nine percent of the lipsticks tested had no discernible lead, it said.