It’s True: Subtle Lip Plumping + Hydration
Have you heard of City Lips? It’s an anti-aging, lip-plumping, hydrating lip gloss that’s also functional, meaning it has rejuvenating and hydrating benefits. I had heard the positive buzz about City Lips (Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, TotalBeauty, and Fox) and was curious about it, so when City Beauty contacted me to see if I’d like to try some of their products, I jumped at the chance. Today I’m sharing my thoughts about the products I tried, as well as color swatches of the City Lips shades I tried.
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Let’s start right off with the product I was most excited to try: City Lips. City Lips gets so may positive reviews, and it even won the Good Housekeeping award…twice!
I’ll admit that I was a little nervous to try a lip-plumping product. I mean, I’m a pretty low-maintenance person, so I didn’t want to walk around with duck lips (or anything in that ballpark). Because I teach (and talk) all day, I also need lip products that keep my lips hydrated and don’t get all over my teeth or feel weird. Basically I want the color and the hydration (and maybe a little plumping), but I don’t want to even notice I’m wearing anything on my lips. And I’ve gotta tell you, City Lips ticked those boxes perfectly.
City Beauty’s ingredient list includes skin-rejuvenating, collagen-supporting actives like hyaluronic acid, oligopeptides, resveratrol, and vitamin C. Plus, their products are all cruelty-free and undergo rigorous testing.
When you first apply City Lips, you feel a cooling sensation – no burning. I noticed some plumping — or at least reduction of lip wrinkles and lines — right after applying it. Supposedly you have the best results using it a few times a day for 30 days. What you see here are my results after only 5 days of using it usually once, but sometimes twice, per day. I even missed a day in between a few times. But let me tell you, I was impressed!
Here are the colors I tried:
The Clear Gloss is your basic clear gloss. I found it a little heavier and sticker than a “regular” gloss, but my lips stayed hydrated all day long, through teaching, eating, drinking, and everything in between. The sheen was gone by afternoon, but I could still feel the gloss there until around dinnertime.
Rosy Mauve Matte Creme
City Lips also makes MATTE creme lip colors, including this Rosy Mauve matte creme. I had never tried matte colors before these, and these did not disappoint. I was worried that they would feel dry and papery on my lips, but they just felt like velvet. And, yes, my lips were still every bit as hydrated as they were with the gloss, and the color lasted until well in the afternoon. This color is one of the brightest I’ve ever worn on my lips before, but since it’s matte, it’s not so in-your-face. I loved it, and I’ll definitely be adding more mattes into my lineup!
Pink Nude Gloss
The Pink Nude gloss is the perfect nude shade. It somehow makes your lips more noticeable even though the color is more “invisible” than your natural color. Know what I mean? It’s a solid gloss with no shimmer, so it’s perfect for work and every day. I can also see doing this lip color and going full-on smoky eyes for a dramatic look. Again, super-fantastic hydration and subtle plumping happened with this shade, and the color lasted from morning through the afternoon.
Pink Taupe Matte Creme
Although I liked all five shades, this is probably my least favorite of the five. The function was there (hydration, plumping, and that smooth, velvety feel, long lasting), but I think this color just isn’t the most flattering for my skin tone.
Sun Diego Gloss
This gloss is so pretty! It’s a warm, glowy gloss with golden shimmer. I kept wanting to look at my lips all day long when I wore this color.
City Beauty Skin Care Products
Along with the five City Lips shades, City Beauty also sent me a few of their skincare products to try. FYI, I have normal skin that leans toward combination at times (darn that T-zone). These products allowed my skin to feel more hydrated and firm, but didn’t leave a film or residue. Honestly, they made my skin look healthier and younger: several people made unprompted, random comments about how great my skin looked in the last few days. That earns this stuff the seal of approval in my book.
The only downside is that the products are a little more expensive than I’m used to paying. However, I’ve been using so little at a time I think they’ll last for months. If that continues to be the case, I can justify the cost. I would love to keep using these products after my samples run out.
Here are my thoughts on each after using them for about a week, as well as information on how I worked them into my daily routine.
Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector
This product smells great and feels good going onto my skin. After cleansing with my typical GoPure Vitamin C Cleanser and applying a toner (GoPure Hydrating Facial Toner), I apply a tiny bit of the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector to any areas where I can see spots. For me, that’s the sides of my face and area just below my cheekbones, as well as the sides of my neck and the top of my chest.
I haven’t seen much change in my dark spots, but that could be because they’re not all that dark yet, and also I’m only using this once a day instead of twice as is recommended. It’s quite probable that once a day for a little over a week is not enough time to see results. I’ll keep using it and see what happens over time.
Blue Defense HydroGel
My next step after the Dark Spot Corrector is to apply just a little of the Blue Defense HydroGel to my whole face, neck, and upper chest. It’s lightweight, super-hydrating (you can FEEL it!), and not at all sticky. It sinks into my skin, and where my skin felt dry and tight immediately before, it then feels soft and supple — almost dewy. Even if I go overboard and use a little too much, I just wait a little longer and it’s absorbed into my skin. My skin feels hydrated all day long when I use this gel. Good stuff!
Multi-Action Sculpting Cream
This stuff is THE STUFF. After letting the HydroGel absorb into my skin, I apply the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream all over my face, neck, and upper chest areas. I only have to use a little, and almost immediately it’s like all of my skin is firming up. I don’t mean in the dry, tight way, either — it’s in the good, youthful way. My face feels firmer all over (plumped up maybe?), and I have noticed my fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. I will definitely be continuing to use this!
Under Eye Recovery
After letting the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream sink into my skin for a few minutes, I apply just a little bit of Under Eye Recovery eye treatment to my under eye area. I put a little on my fourth finger and just dab it onto that area. Then I put a little more on my fourth finger and add a little to my upper eye bone area (just above and below my eyebrow). The directions say to use this twice per day, and I do think it helps reduce the puffy, bagged out area under my eyes that’s there especially in the morning. I don’t really have dark circles, so I can’t speak to how well it would reduce that. For my situation, though, I do see improvement with this product.
It’s hard to carve out 15-20 minutes to wear a mask, so I don’t do it often. I’ve only tried the Line-Smoothing HydroMask once, but I decided that I need to make time to do it again, regularly. My skin looked and felt noticeably more radiant and firm after just one use. I also like that the mask is big enough even for my giant mug. Sometimes sheet masks are too small for me and don’t cover all of my skin, but this one was fine. Even if I don’t keep up with using it regularly like I want to, it would be great to use before a special occasion when you want your skin to be on point.
The Bottom Line
I do recommend City Beauty products, both City Lips and the skin care line. With the exception of the Dark Spot Corrector (which, admittedly, I’ve not used long enough or frequently enough), everything has lived up to the claims in the product descriptions with just a week of use. I do plan to continue using them, enthusiastically, and I can’t wait to try some of their other lip colors and skin care products. Side note: they have a body product called InvisiCrepe Body Balm, which is supposed to help with “crepe-y” skin, and based on the overwhelmingly positive reviews, I think I’m going to try it soon!
All in all, I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far and pleased with the results I’ve gotten in just over a week of use.