Whether you’re going natural or rocking red lips this season, make sure to color your pout with a lead-free, lip-loving formula.
Lead in lipstick? Indeed. EcoStiletto, our source for sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle, uncovered a 2007 FDA study, the neurotoxin—in varying levels—showed up in more than 400 lipsticks tested.
And while the FDA claims the level of exposure is low enough to be deemed safe, given the fact that lead accumulates in our bodies over time, we’ll follow guidelines established by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Steer clear when you can.
Lead isn’t the only lipstick ingredient to eschew. Also commonly found in many conventional formulas are artificial fragrances, parabens, and retinyl palmitate, all of which have high risk—five to eight—ratings on EWG’s Cosmetics Database.
So what’s a girl looking for a little color to do? Opt for natural options with clean ingredients, such as Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty’s new Purely Kissable Lip Color. In a universally flattering pale pinky-mauve, it goes on smooth with great shine. And of course, as all things Alicia, it’s vegan.
Two other amazing (non-vegan) faves with nearly cult-like followings are Primitive MakeUp and Ilia, both with hues and wearability to rival any top-tier tube. We’re especially loving Primitive’s Juneau Lip Treatment, a sheer pearl that adds a beautiful shimmer over matte lip pencil or stick.
Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty Purely Kissable Lip Color ($16)
Swag alert! Week of 12.18.12 SIX EcoStiletto Subscribers will each win a $16 tube of Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty’s new Purely Kissable Lip Color. But wait, there’s more: During the week of 12.24.12 THREE EcoStiletto Subscribers will each win a $100 gift set of Primitive Makeup Lip Treatment and Pencils in six different shades, including Juneau. Subscribing is free and that’s $400+ in swag. Not a subscriber? Click through to sign up, already!