Thursday, March 21, 2013

WARNING: Leaded and Fake MAC Lipstick

I have a confession to make. Don't tell anybody.. I don't have any MAC lipstick in my beauty stash. Can you believe that? Oh hush. I told you.. don't tell! Haha. Kidding aside, I've been meaning to buy shades like ruby woo and lady danger long ago, but I would always think twice every time I pass by a MAC cosmetic store. I mean, it's not that I can't afford to buy them. I just don't feel like buying since I still have almost a dozen of lipsticks and lip gloss from brands like Avon, Maybelline, Etude House, and Elf. Half of them were given to me as a gift, the rest were from my own (panic) shopping.

About the fake MAC lipstick, someone gave it to me as gift last Christmas. I don't hate the person who gave it me. I know she doesn't have any idea she was buying a fake product. Besides, gifts are gifts no matter how expensive or cheap or fake it is.

Nice color huh. Oppss.. don't be deceived 'cause it's obviously fake.

You can tell from the box alone. The MAC logo doesn't look like that. It is so wrong.

The packaging is really bad. The bottom sticker of the lipstick says MAC 03? Any idea what shade is that really?! And.. lipstick lipstick lipstick lipstick? What the..!

Here is another thing. The manufacturing details on the lipstick tube. I believe authentic MAC lipsticks don't have that. They're always plane black and gray though there are black/red, pink and white ones of flowers or characters like the Archie's Girls and Viva Glam collections.

How to check if a lipstick has lead?

Step 1: Get a clean white bond paper or any plain paper you can find.

Step 2: Using the lipstick like a pen, draw a short line on the white paper.

Step 3: Get a silver or gold jewelry. In my case, I used my wedding ring.

Step 4: Rub the jewelry against the lipstick line.

Step 5: Check the color of the lipstick. If color darkens then lipstick has traces of lead.

Okay, now let me share this Q &A from US FDA from their updated article on lipstick and lead.

Has FDA been aware of concerns about lead in lipstick?
Yes, reports about lead in lipstick are not new. In the 1990s, reports of analytical results from a commercial testing laboratory suggested that traces of lead in lipstick might be of concern. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), in October 2007, reported finding lead in a selection of lipsticks on the market. Because reports about lead in lipstick have surfaced periodically and because of the time that had elapsed since we last examined information on lipsticks in the marketplace, we decided that further follow-up was needed

Is there a safety concern about the lead levels FDA found in lipsticks?
No. We have assessed the potential for harm to consumers from use of lipstick containing lead at the levels found in both rounds of testing. Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern. The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics, including lipstick.

What are FDA's next steps for lead in lipstick?
Although we do not believe that the lead content found in our recent lipstick analyses poses a safety concern, we are evaluating whether there may be a need to recommend an upper limit for lead in lipstick in order to further protect the health and welfare of consumers.

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  1. What can we do? Cheap lipsticks are just so tempting. Lol.. But glad that there are already ways to identify if the lipstick has lead or not. I don't have MAC lipsticks too, not tempted to buy fake ones either :)

  2. Eeeeeep! Lead! That's scary!

    Lemme check my lippies for lead.

    Thanks for this post. :)

  3. gees! I can't wait to check my lipsticks when I get home! thanks for sharing this.

  4. oh! thanks for sharing this :)

  5. Ugh. This is why I'm wary when it comes to MAC lipsticks. There are a lot of fakes in the market! Just recently I heard that there are even fake NYX lip products circulating. I mean really, pati ba naman NYX kelangan pa i-fake eh super mura na nyan compared to other brands. :(

  6. Around the market kalat talaga ... so sad, Hope they get caught! Those fakes! :>

  7. This post has been very helpful, dear :)

  8. very nice review about this! there's a lot of fake stuffs down in chinatown here in malaysia! though i am not fond of buying either myself unless one requested and asked me to buy her which happens many times alreayd, I am not into makeups too. I only use one lipstick from everbillena eversince. nice to know this guidelines! xx

  9. That's a really nifty way of telling if a lipstick is fake! Thanks for sharing Mrs. K!

  10. Thank you for teaching us how to determine traces of lead in lippies. I'm a huge fan of MAC Cosmetics too. I think it is better to buy from a retail store and splurge even on a sum of bucks then risk your health buying somewhere cheaper but you don't know if is its fake or not, quality and health safety is all that matters.

  11. That's why I don't have MAC din. Ang daming OL shops selling these and ang hirap naman malaman which is fake or not lalo if diff picture nakalagay sa shop. Kaloka mga tao, pati ba naman lipstick.

  12. Thanks for that trick, that's really useful!

  13. thanks for sharing how to spot a fake mac. also thanks for letting us now how to tell if any cosmetic has lead!


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