More than a year ago, my friend Nancy asked me what I thought about City Lips Lip Plumper. I told her I wasn’t familiar with it. I googled the product, and I read what I thought might be hype about how well it worked. There was video from a TV show extolling its virtues. I thought it sounded too good to be true. Also, I was afraid that it would be irritating to my extremely sensitive lips the way Lip Venom was. I have such dry lips, that last thing I need is something that will dry them out even more.
Yet, I was extremely curious. I think I read every review that came out about City Lips. I subscribed to their email list and read all their press releases and ads. Fortunately, I have decent-sized lips, so I wasn’t desperate to run out and purchase. And because my lips are very sensitive and very dry, I didn’t want to buy something that I thought might possibly dry them out more. So I kept on reading.
I learned that, unlike other temporary lip plumping products that work via ingredients that serve as “irritants” such as cinnamon or menthol (menthol just wreaks havoc with my lips and dries them out!), City Lips works by building or rebuilding collagen from the inside out. I saw that City Lips earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, and I’m still old school, and that means something to me (for one thing, if I’m not satisfied, I can return it). And I spoke to a number of women who tried City Lips, and they all — every one of them — liked the product.
Recently, I was given the chance to try City Lips.
In fact, I was sent City Lips in sundiego, a sheer peachy my-lips-but-better shade, as well as a clear one.
City Lips is basically a lip gloss that comes in an attractive tube with a doe-foot applicator. It goes on thick. It is initially sticky but it dries down a lot. I don’t recall having any trouble with my hair sticking to my lips in a breeze 😉
So how does it feel on my lips? Fabulous! I was so relieved that my lips do not tingle, they are not irritated at all, but instead they feel hydrated and plump.
The instructions say to apply City Lips and wait 2-3 minutes before applying another lipstick or gloss. I like that I can wear my favorite lipsticks with it. The website says you can wear City Lips either underneath or on top of your lipstick. I usually wear it underneath, but with a long wear lipstick, I will do it the other way around.
Here’s what the website says about City Lips:
- Instantly delivers dramatic plumping effects with HA Plumping Spheres
- Stimulates new collagen development with twice the collagen peptides for long-term plumping
- Provides instant fullness, definition, & hydration with long-lasting plumping benefits
- Diminishes and fades the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Works safely, painlessly and without irritation or numbness
City Lips has become my go-to lip treatment product. It has increased the volume of my lips. I had decent lips to begin with, but now they seem to have a noticeably greater fullness. At first, I noticed it in my lower lip, but after a week’s use, I could see a small increase in both lips. I’ve been using it now for two weeks. City Lips claims an average increase of 3mm, but I haven’t measured 😉
Also, after I apply it, the lines in my lips aren’t as apparent. The packaging says to apply City Lips morning and night which I’ve been doing. It also says to keep using the product to continue to build collagen and to maintain the effect. I intend to keep at it!
What is the absolutely incredible added benefit besides the volume for me is how hydrated and protected my lips feel and look! I usually have dry lips year round. I put the clear City Lips on before bed, and it is still on when I wake up the next morning. I’m not kidding! It’s on. I love my Jack Black Intense Therapy that I reviewed a few months ago, but to be honest, City Lips is a better moisturizer with its hyaluronic acid and collagen spheres.
If you have thin lips or lips that have lost volume over the years, I definitely suggest giving City Lips a try. If you have extremely dry lips, give City Lips a try. I get to try out lots of beauty products and many are good, but for me, this one is a keeper! I want to keep my lips soft and plumped. In fact, I can hardly wait (maybe that’s an exaggeration!) to see how City Lips makes my usually chapped lips feel and look this winter.
Each City Lips tube contains 5 mL /0.169 fl. oz., and it comes in 8 shades:
- sundiego: peach
- losangelips: light pink
- nudeyork: nude
- tinseltown: a light sparkle
- orchid: radiant orchid
- sangria: deep wine
- holly: red
City Lips is cruelty-free, and it is made in the US.
City Lips is priced at $35.00 for Clear and $40 for colors, and is sold on the City Lips website (plus I’ve seen it on Amazon). But I have an offer for you from City Lips so you can try it out for much less if you purchase on the City Lips website! Use the code: lipplump40 — it’s good for 40% off sitewide, so check out the other products too (I’m also using Dark Spot Serum and Eye Serum to be reviewed in a few weeks!). The 40% discount can also be combined with a buy one, get one free offer here. And there’s free shipping on all orders. Woohoo! Frankly, I’m going to use these offers myself. I want to try either Holly or Sangria, and I need to get another clear for bedtime use!
Have you tried City Lips yet? What was your experience?
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