Products / May 31, 2019

City Beauty Products Review

Ladies, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I love experimenting with makeup and skincare products.

City Beauty sent me some of their products in exchange for an honest review, so I leapt at the chance to try them out!

This post is in partnership with City Beauty. As always, the concept and content are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. For full disclosure, click HERE.

City Beauty is based in Los Angeles, and they pride themselves on providing cruelty-free products that target specific concerns such as thinning lips, dark circles under the eyes, wrinkles and fine lines, etc.

Basically, City Beauty’s products target a number of the issues that I find myself more concerned about as I get older.

I have no problem with the idea of aging (and it’s better than the alternative), but I wouldn’t mind having fresh looking skin and lips in the meantime!

City Beauty’s products are Made in the USA and include a 60-day money back guarantee.


Since you know I love lipstick, I’m going to start by reviewing City Lips, the signature plumping lip gloss put out by City Beauty.

My lips have gotten dryer as I’ve aged. I also have developed fine lines around my lips, and sometimes lipstick bleeds into those lines and “feathers.” It’s very annoying.

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So, I tried City Lips Plumping Lip Gloss in Clear. The clear gloss is great to put on under your regular lipstick. You apply it, wait 2-3 minutes, and then apply your regular lipstick (if desired) over it.

For long-term results, you need to use it twice a day for 30 days (once in the morning, and once before bed).

If you do, you will supposedly notice that the fine lines around your lips have dissipated and that your lips are fuller.

Unfortunately, I cannot remember to do anything for 30 days (I keep trying, believe me!), so I can’t tell you if that part is accurate yet. (I’m setting an alarm on my iPhone right now so I can remember to do it for 30 days and will update this post when I do!)

Instead, I have been using City Lips on and off for about 3 months now and I am very happy with the results. When I use it, my regular lipstick does not bleed or feather and the clear lipgloss makes my lips appear slightly larger.

I’m not sure if it is just the glossiness that makes them appear slightly larger, but in any case, they look fuller, and that makes me happy.

I tend to get chapped lips in the winter, but City Lips puts an end to chapped lips. My lips feel smooth and hydrated and they stay that way all day, even if I’ve wiped off the lip gloss!

Some people have reported a burning sensation from using City Lips (or other plumping lip glosses). I feel a slight tingling in my lips that goes away in a few minutes. It is not unpleasant.

As with any beauty product, some people have had allergic reactions. I’m a fairly sensitive person, prone to allergies, and I have had no issues with City Lips.

City Lips also comes in a variety of colors.

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City Beauty sent me 4 of their colored plumping lip glosses to test. My only concern with the colored lip glosses is that I’m not super-adept at putting on lip gloss with a wand. My lips are basically white, and not well defined. It’s hard for me to “stay in the lines” with a wand.

Still, their colors are pretty, so I tried them out.

Red Velvet is my absolute favorite! I wear this one the most.

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It’s a GORGEOUS color!

Pink Nude isn’t my style (I like a bright lip) but I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it!

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A tad too light for my tastes

Mulberry is nice, and it’s one of my favorite colors in “real life”

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Ignore my face – hardly got any sleep last night!

Scarlet is a drop-dead gorgeous color, but since I have trouble staying within the lines of my lips when I use a wand, I invariably make mistakes, and when you make mistakes with this color, it stains the skin around your lips (But if you are very dexterous and like the color, get it!) I do love the color, so I need to practice my wand skills a little more.

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City Beauty’s HydroMask is a bio-cellulose microfiber sheet mask. Among the ingredients are ice plant and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of the best things you can use to hydrate your skin and it’s known for its anti-aging properties.

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Each Box include 5 HydroMasks

I swear to God, since I turned 50 I am a hyaluronic acid nut! Are you? It seems to help! If you haven’t used it yet, here is a great article that explains what it is and why it works so well: What Is Hyaluronic Acid And How Does It Work?

The HydroMask is one of my favorite products that City Beauty offers. One of my main reasons for loving it is because it’s so damn enjoyable to put this mask on and then scare the pants off my sons. I know it’s immature, but it is SO DARN FUNNY!

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Scary looking, but FEELS awesome!

Aside from the fun factor, I really like the HydroMask. Unlike other masks that just feel like thin wet rice paper, these masks have weight. They feel cool and wet against my skin.

Once the mask comes off, there is still a lot of serum left on my face. It feels great to rub it all over my face and let it absorb into my skin.

The HydroMask is VERY moisturizing. My skin feels FANTASTIC for a few days after I’ve used it. I highly recommend it!

Does it help with fine lines and wrinkles? I can say it at least minimizes their appearance for sure. When my skin is dry (as it is most of the time), my wrinkles and lines are more prominent. When my skin is hydrated, it looks younger and fresher.

City Beauty states that their Multi-Action Sculpting Cream targets the “underlying causes of thin, sagging skin to deliver a powerful tightening effect from the inside out.”

image of city beauty multi action sculpting cream review

The Multi-Action Sculpting Cream smells nice and it comes with a cunning little gold spoon. I know only ladies in old novels say “cunning” when describing decorative objects, but that is the only word that describes it.

Being a somewhat disorganized person, I promptly lost the spoon. But you don’t really need it to be able to use this cream. Just scoop out a small amount of the cream and spread it on your face and neck.

Now, I honestly haven’t seen much difference on my face since I started using it. It might just be my facial skin – it resists almost any cream I put on it.

But my neck? It looks 10 years younger! The skin definitely looks tighter and less wrinkly. I love the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream so much that I recommended it to a bunch of my college chums and they bought it, too.


City Beauty just launched a product called City Lash. I have sparse eyelashes, so I was eager to try it out. It is supposed to “minimize lash fall-out, improve lash texture, protect against breakage, and support the natural lash growth process.”

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You apply City Lash to your top eyelid, along the lashline. It requires a somewhat steady hand. Make sure to let it dry before you apply your eye makeup!

You have to use it twice a day to see results. City Beauty says it can take 6-8 weeks to see fuller lashes.

Some of the reviews I’ve read online mentioned seeing results with City Lash in 3 weeks. I’m only a few days into using it, so will check back in here later with my results.

** Update: I admit I was a bit skeptical about this product, but I gave it a go and have used it every day for the past few weeks. Even though I haven’t used it twice a day (as they recommend), I am happily surprised to admit that my lashes do look a bit fuller, and I have definitely lost fewer lashes than usual.

If those are the results from only using it once a day for a few weeks, I’m eager to see what happens if I stick to it for 6-8 weeks (twice a day) as they recommend!

Under Eye Recovery is a brightening eye cream that is meant to brighten dark circles, get rid of puffiness under the eyes, and smooth fine-lines and wrinkles around the eye area.

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I have been using the Under Eye Recovery Cream for about a week. So far, I haven’t seen much difference in my under eye area, although it does seem to help with the puffiness that I get after a lack of sleep.

I’ll keep using it for the next few weeks and check back in again to see if it has made a difference with the fine lines and wrinkles under my eyes. In the meantime, I like the way it smells and it feels nice and hydrating on my skin.

My only issue with this product is the pump. You have to press the pump very carefully to avoid pushing out too much product. Other than that, I love the packaging and am eager to keep trying it and see how it affects my under eye area.

OK, that’s my review of City Beauty products.

Overall, I recommend them. The quality is good, and I really like that they are Made in the USA and cruelty-free. The fact that they offer a Money Back Guarantee makes me feel confident that they stand behind their products.

If I could only choose three items, I would DEFINITELY get the Hydro-Mask, the Clear City Lips Plumping Lip Gloss and the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream (for my neck!) . Those are my must-have items.

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  1. Patricia

    I would like to order City Beauty Multi Action cream but it still says Sold Out for over a week. Can you tell me when it will be back in stock please?

    24 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Patricia: I just spoke to City Beauty today and they said it should be back in stock by July 1st. Sorry for the delay!

      24 . Jun . 2019 Reply
  2. Karen

    When will Multi-Action Sculpting Cream be back in stock ?

    22 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      I’ll check with my contact at City Beauty and get right back to you!

      22 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Karen:

      I just spoke to City Beauty today – they said they hope to have it back in stock by July 1st. Sorry for the delay!

      24 . Jun . 2019 Reply
  3. Lucy blu

    I am trying to find a shop etc that sells your creams, till I do would you send me some samples thank you lucy

    10 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Lucy – they are not sold in shops. You have to order them at 🙂

      14 . Jun . 2019 Reply
  4. Randi R.

    I just stumbled onto your Blog. I really enjoyed your review of City Beauty Products. I’m must concerned about the lines on my upper lip. I’ve ordered SIO but it’s just sitting there, as I found the silicone was too heavy on my skin. I also tried Dermelect Smooth Lip Volumizer & Smooth Upper Lip & Perioral Anti Aging Treatment which arrived yesterday. But today City Beauty was having a sale..two for One on the City Lips. I chose two clear and IK’ll see if it works. I really like your honesty and thee humor in your Blog. So …Thanx

    02 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Randi – I’m so glad the post helped you! I really love the clear City Lips. I hope it works for you! For some reason, most of my lines are on my bottom lip and they drive me crazy when applying lipstick, but the City Lips definitely keeps my lipstick from feathering into the lines. Thank goodness!

      08 . Jun . 2019 Reply

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