By Analou De Vera
An environmental group warned the public against fake lipsticks being sold in Divisoria in Manila that were reportedly found containing high levels of lead.
According to EcoWaste Coalition, out of the 27 MAC lipsticks they bought and analyzed, 11 items were found containing lead up to 22, 700 parts- per-million (ppm) which is beyond the 20-ppm set limit under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Cosmetic Directive.
“The results of our investigation confirm that lead is lurking in some fake MAC lipsticks, posing health risks to consumers, especially to women,” said Thony Dizon, EcoWaste chemical safety campaigner.
“Consumers who go to Divisoria and other bargain hubs to get high-end imitation beauty products may actually be buying poison cosmetics,” Dizon added.
Among the MAC products found contaminated with high levels of lead were Mariah Carey #01, Zac Posen Kinda Sexy #14, Zac Posen Girl About Town #08, High Society, Nouvelle Vogue, and Fireworks. The products were reportedly sold for only P25 to P60.
Lead exposure in women may result in hormonal changes, menstrual irregularities, infertility, miscarriage, preeclampsia, pregnancy hypertension, and premature birth, Dizon said..
Dizon also noted that two samples of lipsticks they obtained in Divisoria contained traces of mercury.
He, meanwhile, advised the public to only buy from authorized retailers to avoid the possible health risk.