Lip colors are products that apply color, texture, and/or shine to the lips using a brush or other applicator. Lip colors contain ingredients that apply color to the lips in a precise and controlled manner. Lip colors can also have multifunctional benefits, such as moisturizing, or may even include sunscreen for SPF protection.
Lip color product safety is established by selection of ingredients that are safe and suitable for this intended use and purpose. The colors themselves must be pre-approved by FDA and are listed in the color additive regulations before they may be used in cosmetics. These color additives are intended for specific use in lip products.
Additionally, some colors are also subject to the FDA certification process whereby every manufactured batch must be analyzed and found to meet required purity standards. In addition, lip colors are assessed for their potential to cause skin irritation or cause allergic reactions. Product safety is also substantiated though strict adherence to the principles of Quality Assurance and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), for example, by testing the compatibility of the product with packaging as well as shelf-life stability. Companies also include contact information on their products where consumer comments or concerns may be reported. Finally, companies perform post-market monitoring of their products to track any consumer comments, questions or concerns.