After 20 hours of research, we evaluated whether or not City Lips actually works – based on reviews, the ingredients, and City Beauty’s claims about this plumper!
Is it any different than a regular plumping gloss from the drugstore? Just keep reading to find out!
- 17 different colors (including the popular ‘clear’ shade and 3 mattes)
- Designed for immediate volumizing and long term healthier and younger looking lips
- 0.16 fl ounces (4.9 ml)
Is City Lips Any Different From Other Lip Plumper Products?
Traditional lip plumpers use irritants and drying ingredients to plump up your mouth. That’s where City Lips claim their product is different. There are no irritants or harsh chemicals in the formula and the protein-building ingredients result in healthier lips over time.
A regular lip gloss provides a shiny finish that gives the illusion of bigger lips, but has no long lasting effects. Plumpers often contain irritating and drying ingredients to plump up your lips. City Beauty state that they created this plumper to create fuller lips, with long lasting effects, and without the irritating and drying feeling!
Did You Know? Makeup Artist to the stars Kayleen McAdams used City Lips in shade Red Velvet on Elisabeth Moss for the red carpet! (Source: Daily Mail)
Short And Long Term Volume Boost & Skincare For Your Lips
This lip plumper is a product that cares for both short term and long term of your lips! It helps repair damages in your lips so that your mouth looks youthful and more plump.
City Lips is like a regular lip gloss that has innovative ingredients that support healthy skin renewal under your lips. City Beauty claims it’s something like ‘skincare for your lips‘. The more you use this plumping gloss, the better your lip softness and hydration will become.
Who Is City Lips For?
This product is great if you want a short term glossy look while achieving healthier looking lips! City Lips’ hydrating formula provides an instant plumping effect. Not just comfortable on the lips – this gloss also smoothes out lines and wrinkles on your lips and lines around your mouth (including smoker lines) in the long run. As it targets collagen production and particularly smoker lines, it’s well suited for mature skin.
City Beauty highly recommend this lip plumping product for thin, wrinkled, and dry lips. The brand even claims it works on chronically dry chapped lips! It works well for any skin type – including normal, combination, oily, dry, and sensitive.
How Does It Compare To Lip Filler?
Unlike lip filler, this gloss is designed for adding volume without dealing with the invasive needles that come with lip injections. Plus it provides more natural looking fuller lips than lip filler! Additionally, lip injections cost a lot more than this lip plumping product does (even if you buy multiple tubes). And you won’t get City Lip’s all day hydration benefits from lip filler either!
How To Use It?
You can use City Lips on its own or under lipstick. Apply a generous coating to dry lips. Wait a couple of minutes before applying another lip product for the best results. You should notice an increase in lip size after 10 minutes. City Beauty recommends applying this treatment twice a day.
Use continuously for a long-lasting effect. As the below reviews section discusses, City Lips tends to provide the best long term results when you apply it at night before you sleep. The clear gloss is the best option if you want to use it with a lipstick as it will work with any color.
Ingredients: Is It Vegan Friendly?
These lip glosses don’t contain any mineral oil, phthalates, sulfates, or parabens.
City Lips is not tested on animals, however, certain shades may contain carmine (which is definitely not vegan) and some ingredients are sometimes derived from animals (but not always).
Full Ingredients List:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PPG-51/SMDI Copolymer, Silica, Petrolatum, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Microcrystalline Wax, Tribehenin, Glycerin, Octyldodecyl PCA, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzyl Nicotinate, Flavor, O-Cymen-5-OL, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Isostearate, Sucrose Distearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Phytosterol, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin, Sarcosine, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Potassium Aspartate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Synthetic Wax, Red 7 Lake, Stearyl Triethoxysilane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Red 40 Lake, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Mica, Red 27 Lake, Carmine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Copper Powder, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Benzoic Acid, Bismuth Oxychloride. May Contain Carmine as a color additive.
What If You Don’t Like City Lips? Money Back Guarantee
City Lips provides a 60 day money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with your purchase, you can send it back to City Lips and they will refund your purchase (minus the shopping cost).
Why Are My Lips Getting Thinner And How Can CIty Beauty Help Reverse That?
Lips naturally lose volume as we age – becoming thinner, drier, and more wrinkled. This has an aging effect on your appearance. Collagen in our skin and lips begins to collapse gradually after about the age of 25 on average. Other factors like pollution and exposure to the sun can accelerate this loss of collagen.
City Beauty markets this plumping lip gloss as an alternative to lip fillers, traditional plumping glosses, and lip plumper tools. According to the brand, City Lips looks and feels like a lip gloss but operates like a lip plumping treatment. Described as ‘skincare for your lips’ the special nourishing ingredients help to repair the skin structure of your lips, resulting in a softer and smoother feeling and looking mouth.
The results are almost instantaneous.
“First of all, it works. Secondly, it has the pretty shine of a gloss, but boasts the longevity of a liquid lipstick, too.” (Source: Refinery 29)
How Does City Lips Work?
The combination of hyaluronic acid, oligopeptides, and special moisturizers work together to create the soothing, volumizing, and hydrating combination on your lips.
Hyaluronic Acid For Hydrating & Plumping, Oligopeptides For Collagen Production
Hyaluronic acid is the compound used in injectable dermal lip fillers because it works well to smooth, hydrate, all while plumping at the same time.
City Lip’s hyaluronic acid targets the skin in your lips when you apply the lip plumper. The hyaluronic acid spheres expand immediately when they make contact with your lips to deeply hydrate and plump at the same time.
City Lips uses a string of natural amino acids called oligopeptides. This key ingredient helps promote collagen production within your lips for a youthful, plumper appearance to the mouth with fewer fine lines. A study investigated the impact of oligopeptides on thin dry lips. The authors reported that lip wrinkles decreased by 29% and lip volume increased by 40% all in just 28 days.
Healing, Softening, Soothing & Anti-Aging Ingredients
In contrast to other lip plumping effect glosses and plumping tools, City Beauty promises that this lip plumper will not dry out your lips or result in damage. City Lips is formulated with ingredients that help restore the health of your lips.
A combination of natural moisturizing ingredients (including ylang ylang flower oil and jojoba oil) soothe, restore, and provide the necessary thickness in the formula for a more comfortable and longer wear time on the lips.
With continuous use, these ingredients will help achieve long lasting lip health results. Some of City Lips’ kind-to-lips ingredients include:
Hydrating ingredients: glycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, hydrogenated vegetable oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil,
Healing ingredients: sodium hyaluronate, glycine soja (soybean) oil
Softening Ingredients: ethylhexyl palmitate, petrolatum, c12-15 Alkyl benzoate, tribehenin, glycerin, caprylic, sorbitan isostearate, sucrose distearate, sarcosine
Anti aging ingredients: tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, ceramide 2, palmitoyl oligopeptide
Soothing ingredients: simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil, sarcosine, potassium aspartate
Available In A Variety Of Shades & Finishes
The regular gloss formula has a thick texture and is available in 14 shades:
Clear, Crimson, Dusty Rose, Los Angelips, Nude, Nude York, Pink Nude, Plum Springs, Red Velvet, Spice, Sun Diego, Tinsel Town, Tokyo Kiss, Watermelon
The Red Velvet, Sangria (now discontinued), and Tinsel Town shades featured in the ‘Best Lip Gloss of 2018 (Top Picks list)’ (Source: Hollywood Life)
What if you like the idea of a plumping product that provides long lasting results but you hate glossy lips?
The range includes three matte shades: ‘Blush Rose, Pink Taupe, and Mauve Matte’. The matte formula is a velvety lip creme – City Beauty assure it’s not drying and it provides a long-lasting pigment on the lips.
City Lips Customer Reviews
The customer reviews are mostly positive, however, a minority of people were not happy with their purchase. Those who love this lip plumper claim it is amazing, while those who don’t like it tend to describe it as a waste of money. It’s a hit-or-miss product, with way more hits than misses on average!
Reviews: Does City Lips Plumper Actually Work?
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute measured City Lips performance – they found it increased lip volume by 3 millimeters on average (Source: Good Housekeeping)
One reviewer started using city lips over 2 years ago now and has tried a variety of the colors. She says it keeps her lips hydrated for a long time and does work to increase the size of her lips. The only thing she doesn’t like is the slight tingle feeling.
Another customer claims these lip plumpers are absolutely amazing and she cannot live without a tube of it. It works really well to make her mature lips fuller, and the lasting results are truly noticeable when you apply it every night.
Other City Lips reviews say it works but it’s a little sticky and the price is too high.
Reviewers confirm claims that it’s great to smooth out wrinkles from smoking over time.
Others say they love the clear version of this gloss and have repurchased it numerous times, but they were unhappy with the matte version. The matte version does seem to be the best for staying power, but does not plump as well and it does not hydrate as well as the regular formula.
Based on multiple different reviews, the Nude Pink color is not worth the money and looks too much like ‘foundation lips’ on most people. At Makeup Scholar, we recommend the clear version.
Reviews: How Long Does It Take For City Lips To Work?
City Beauty claim it works in 10 minutes and results work best when you use it twice per day. Based on the reviews, this City Lips lip plumping gloss may not work great the first time you use it. Generally, customers like it more and see a bigger difference the more they use it.
One customer did not like it at first, but once she kept using it she found it really worked long term and now highly recommends it.
Another reviewer claims that although the price is high, it really does work for her when she uses it overnight. She wakes up with soft and plumper lips. Multiple customers echo this – it seems to perform best when you put it on before bed and let it work over night.
Reviews: Does City Lips Make Your Lips Tingle?
Even though City Beauty claims it does not tingle at all, reviewers have conflicting experiences. Most customers say it does have a slight tingly feeling but it is not uncomfortable or as strong as other lip plumpers. A small minority said it did burn or sting on their lips – this is unlikely to happen, but you should immediately stop use if you feel it burn on your lips.
This is the most common complaint with this product, if your lips are super sensitive to any lip plumper, it may not work well for you.
Another potential issue with the formula is the stickiness. Even though it softens the lips, some customers say the thick formula can be sticky. A couple of customers noted that their hair stuck to the sticky formula in the wind. This is not an issue if you use it only at night.
Is City Lips Worth It?
The customer reviews reveal that City Lips is much loved, holy grail lip plumper. However, not everyone likes it.
Those who do really like it tend to have a few things in common – they’re older with dry and collagen-depleted lips (and often have fine lines around the lips), and they tend to use it only at night time.
Generally, City Lips is not the best for day time use, but great for sleeping in. This helps the product work its magic without being wiped away by makeup or food. And it means the sticky problem is not an issue! Some City Lips customer reviews even stated that since using it before bed, they feel no need to use a lip balm during the day!
It’s not a cheap lip plumper, but given the fact that some customers genuinely see it as a good natural-looking alternative to expensive lip injections, it can help you save some money in the long run.
The best bet is to buy the clear shade as you don’t have to worry about not liking the color in the tube. The matte shades tend to have less positive feedback than the glossy shades.