As a beauty product enthusiast (one may say “hoarder” but I am a makeup artist, so it’s ok!) lipstick is one of my very favourite things in the world. At any given moment I have a bare minimum of 5 tubes rattling around in my handbag… and another 500 at home. When I buy a new one, (which I do often), I consider the colour, the texture, the packaging the longevity of the formula and sometimes, let’s be honest, just how luxurious it looks and feels. What I am definitely not thinking about, however, is what actually goes into it.
I was momentarily dismayed last year by a number of studies conducted by the FDA that found significat amounts of lead in at least 400 lipstick formulas, but it mostly applied to the “drugstore” brands, with a few exceptions.
I thought, because the lipsticks I buy generally cost upward of at least R200.00, they must be lovingly crafted with safe, healthy ingredients in Narnia by cuddly dexterous animals wearing vests. Ignorance is bliss, babes, and there was no substantial evidence to say otherwise.
But my warped logic has been compromised: I received one of THOSE emails, you know, THAT email, that people forward not sure if it is true but they want to warn you anyway. The email claimed that all lipstick contained enough lead to kill you, well maybe not that much but enough to kill you sometime in the near future. So, I did as Fi does and researched.
“Good Morning America”, a television show in USA tested 22 types of lipstick and found that a serious majority – over 55% – contained traceable amounts of lead, regardless of the colour, brand or manufacturing origin.
Still, I’m not going to surrender my Guerlain Rouge Automatique in favour of some TV show somewhere in the world just YET. The FDA assures us all that trace amounts of lead in lipstick, the levels of which have actually dropped over in the past year of 2012 cannot harm you. You aren’t eating that shit straight out of the tube, are you? I hope not. But if these statistics are freaking you out, nonetheless, you can count on brands like Tarte, ILIA Beauty, Jane Iredale and Vapour Beauty for completely clean, lead free alternatives to what you might otherwise pick up at Clicks or Dischem.
…and I suppose South African cell networks would love to blame these findings on the poor cell phone reception at times. haha.
Lead in Lipstick Overview: Policy, Toxic Substances in Cosmetics, Tests, Recommendations, Stakeholder Initiatives & More http://krilloil.com/blog/lead-in-lipstick/