So many of us smear our mouths in lipstick multiple times a day, but how often do you stop to think about what exactly is in it? Well, here's one terrifying ingredient it might have: lead. Lead? Yes, and lead is some serious shit. So just how much danger are we all in if we want to keep our lips looking sumptuously kissable? It depends on whom you ask, but the FDA is looking into it..
Fears about lead in lipstick actually date back to ye olde 1990s, but in 2007 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that two-thirds of the 33 red lipsticks they tested contained lead, and that one third had levels above what the FDA allows in candy. In 2008, the FDA did its own tests on 20 lipsticks and then expanded their testing to include 400 lipstick shades in their most recent study, which was released recently. They found that many of them were indeed contaminated, but it's not at all clear that the lead levels in any of them are dangerous.