Lead In February 2012, the FDA released a report that confirmed traces of lead in 400 lipsticks -- but that doesn't mean they're going to do anything about it. Lead is considered a byproduct of color additives, and it isn't regulated. Even though the FDA isn't concerned, some experts are. Lead can build up in your system over time -- especially since you essentially eat your lipstick -- and become toxic. "Lead should not be allowed for use anywhere," says Robinson. "It's dangerous in beauty products, period."
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