Best Beauty Products / September 21, 2020

City Beauty Products Review

Inside: An honest and informative 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.


There are many fly-by-night beauty companies out there, so when City Beauty contacted me to try their products, I worried a little bit about whether they were legit or not.

City Beauty is definitely legit.

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.

All of City Beauty’s products are Made in the USA and include a 60-day money-back guarantee. They stand by their products, which means a lot!

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 offers many vegan products. Check out the full list below:

  • City Lips – *Except for the red shades as they contain carmine
  • Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector
  • HydroMask
  • Under Eye Recovery
  • Ageless Moisturizing Cream
  • Advanced Eye Cream
  • Youth Rejuvenating Cleaner
  • Line-Blurring Wrinkle Filler


Use the coupon code KATIEGOESPLATINUM at checkout to get a 25% discount off all City Beauty Products. Shipping is free for purchases over $50



The first City Beauty product I reviewed was City Lips, their signature plumping lip gloss that has won two Good Housekeeping awards.

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.

image of city beauty city lips review

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 (morning and night).

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.

city beauty review city lips collection

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.

image of city lips red velvet city beauty review
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!

image of city beauty pink nude
A tad too light for my tastes

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

image of mulberry city lips
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.

image of scarlet city lips


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.

image of city beauty hydromask
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!

image of city-beauty-hydromask
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.


My review of Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser is super-enthusiastic. This cleanser not only works well, but it’s also super-beautiful, which is a bonus.

image of city beauty youth rejuvenating cleanser
See that beautiful red color at the bottom of the bottle?
That’s the cleanser – it’s so pretty!

The Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser comes in a lovely bottle, and it is a GORGEOUS dark berry color. It also smells great, so kudos to City Beauty for coming up with such a sensual product!

All different skin types can use this cleanser, according to City Beauty.

I have VERY dry and sensitive skin, so I was a little skeptical. But after only 3 days of using this cleanser, my skin feels very soft and hydrated.

Sometimes, when I try a new cleanser, my cheeks will get red from irritation, but I haven’t had any bad side effects. My skin feels great!

Another bonus? The City Beauty Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser is made without GMOs, Alcohol, Animal-Derived Ingredients, and other ingredients that many of us want to avoid.


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 face cream. Just scoop out a small amount of the cream and spread it on your face and neck.

Does City Beauty Multi-Action Sculpting Cream Work?

Shortly after applying Multi-Action Sculpting Cream, the skin on my neck looks visibly tighter and less wrinkly. The difference is astonishing!

When I apply it to my face, however, I don’t see much of a difference. (It might just be my facial skin – it resists almost any cream I put on it).

But the neck effect is so great that I recommended the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream to a bunch of my college chums and they bought it, too.


The MicroBiome Night Mask is one of City Beauty’s newest products and it is TERRIFIC.

image of microbiome night mask

I love it so much that I wrote a whole separate post about it. Check out my MicroBiome Night Mask Review.


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.”

image of city beauty city lash

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.

image of city beauty under eye recovery

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.


Note: HydroMask can be added in right after cleansing and before the serums, once or twice a week.


Overall, I recommend City Beauty’s products. 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 four items, I would DEFINITELY get the Hydro-Mask, the Clear City Lips Plumping Lip Gloss , the Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser and the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream (for my neck!) Those are my must-have items.

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  1. Miranda Daly

    Hi I place an order weeks ago have tried to contact you to no avail. I haven’t heard about my order, would appreciate it you contacted me.

    13 . Aug . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Miranda, I have contacts at City Beauty – I’ll reach out to them for you.

      13 . Aug . 2020 Reply
    • City Beauty

      Hi Miranda, we do apologize for the inconvenience! I’ve gone ahead and forwarded your message on over to our Customer Support Team. They’ve gone ahead and sent an email your way regarding the status of your order. If you’re unable to locate it in your inbox, please kindly check your Spam Folder. Please don’t hesitate to reach back out if you need further assistance!

      13 . Aug . 2020 Reply
  2. M Kathryn

    Hello Katie,
    I watched a City Beauty Video on the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector and then found you when looking for reviews on the product. Have you tried this one?
    I grew up on the beach and never used sunscreen (regret that now) therefore, now at 58 I have spots all over me like a Dalmatian Dog. I do not believe I can afford a product that comes in such a small package when I need “repair” over my entire body (hands, arms, legs, chest, upper back, and face). I have tried other products with no results. Do you have any suggestions?

    20 . Jul . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, I’m sorry – I have it but I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet so I can’t advise you. I will try it soon and update the post if it’s a product I recommend 🙂

      22 . Jul . 2020 Reply
  3. Leslie clemmons

    I just received my uplifting firming serum and multi-action sculpting cream , whats the best way to use it? Which one first and can I use them at the same time???

    21 . May . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Leslie – good question! I’ll ask City Beauty and get back to you!

      22 . May . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Leslie: I just updated the post to answer your question, but here you go in the meantime!

      Apply Uplift Firming Serum (morning and night)
      Then, use your favorite moisturizer and finish off with Multi-Action Sculpting Cream (morning and night)

      Hope that helps 🙂

      27 . May . 2020 Reply
  4. Donnarae

    What is the difference between the Inviicrepe Body Balm and the sculpting Cream? I’ve lost 35 lbs and now have loose crepy skin on my leg, arms and neck. Which would be a better choice.
    ? I am 74 an have not had this until now.

    24 . Apr . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Donnarae, I’ll have to ask City Beauty – but I would assume the Invisicrepe Body Balm is the one you would want for that issue.

      27 . May . 2020 Reply
    • Donna Mate

      May I ask if you tried either cream for your crepey skin? I just finished the whole jar of invisicrepe body balm for my upper arms and it hardly did anything. I live in Australia and with the money exchange it cost of around $100. I am 67 years old and very disappointed with this cream. Would like to hear it worked for you.

      11 . Jun . 2020 Reply
      • Katie

        Hi, Donna – No, I haven’t tried it. I only review the products that I’ve personally used, which is why Invisicrepe Body Balm isn’t on this page. I’m so sorry to hear about your bad experience with that product. Please reach out to City Beauty for a refund –

        12 . Jun . 2020 Reply
  5. Adrienne Newton

    Looking to find form to order night mask. I have been using the multi sculpting crm.

    31 . Jan . 2020 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Adrienne – to order any of the products listed on the review page, just click on the blue text and it will take you to the correct page to add that product to your cart. But for ease’s sake, CLICK HERE for the MicroBiome Night Mask link. Thanks!

      02 . Feb . 2020 Reply
  6. Nanette

    Hi Katie.
    I read your product reviews and decided to give City Beauty a try. A too good to be true promo came my way so I ordered a few of the products. They asked us to reply to the email with any beauty questions and I did. No reply. I am not having the same favorable response with customer service as you seem to be having. What is the trick to getting City Beauty customer service to reply to inquiries or to authorize a return?

    24 . Jan . 2020 Reply
  7. Angie McBain

    I just received your multi-action sculpting cream….have used it for only 2 days. Is one supposed to put on their own moisturizing cream, and then your scupting cream over it….not sure?????

    25 . Nov . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Yes, put on your moisturizing cream first and then the Multi-Action Sculpting Cream 🙂

      27 . Nov . 2019 Reply
      • Dorothy

        Isn’t that too much cream? Just got the serum so your own moisturizer should be enough? I also got the invisiCrepe cream and I used one jar. Sometimes I see a difference on the upper inner arm and then I go to reach down for something and I see the creepy skin. I am 79 work out with weights every day I wish it would work 100%.

        10 . Jun . 2020 Reply
  8. Gillian Foster

    Ive used city beauty for awhile however for the past 3 weeks I’ve tried to order & even trying 3 diff credit cards online declines & ringing them on 2 numbers optus informs they’re disconnected! Whats going on!!!!

    27 . Oct . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Gillian – That is so weird! I haven’t heard that from anyone else, but I reached out to City Beauty and I’m waiting to hear back from them. Will let you know!

      28 . Oct . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Gillian, they said they have your information and reached out to you. Let me know if it gets resolved – thanks!

      30 . Oct . 2019 Reply
  9. Katie

    Hi, Kym!

    City Beauty says the line-blurring wrinkle filler should be available in October 🙂

    16 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  10. Kym Cogill

    Hi Katie, Have you tried the line blurring wrinkle filler yet ?? And do you know when will it be back in stock ? Cheers Kym 😊

    16 . Aug . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Kym! I just received it and still have to test it. I’ll update the review when I do.
      I’ll reach out to my contact at City Beauty to find out when it will be back in stock.

      16 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  11. Susan

    Are Cuty Beauty products , incl Multi acting sculpture cream , cruelty free , vegan ?

    16 . Aug . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Yes, they’re cruelty-free. I don’t know if they’re vegan. I’ll check and find out!

      16 . Aug . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Susan!

      The following are the City Beauty vegan products:

      City Lips *(Except for the red shades as they contain carmine)
      Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector
      Under Eye Recovery
      Ageless Moisturizing Cream
      Advanced Eye Cream
      Youth Rejuvenating Cleaner
      Line-Blurring Wrinkle Filler

      16 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  12. Mary

    Is this good for someone who has rosacea?

    02 . Aug . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Mary – I consulted my City Beauty rep, and she said City Beauty products are fine for someone with Rosacea. I used to have rosacea and get occasional flareups, and the City Beauty products haven’t triggered any reactions. Hope this helps!

      04 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  13. Was considering ordering the sculpting cream and lip gloss but was questioning whether the sculpting cream should be applied before sunscreen. Don’t think it would make sense to apply it on top of sunscreen but just wanted to ask. Thank you

    Was considering ordering the sculpting cream and lip gloss but was questioning whether the sculpting cream should be applied before sunscreen. Don’t think it would make sense to apply it on top of sunscreen but just wanted to ask. Thank you

    27 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, I use my sculpting cream under sunscreen. I’ll check with City Beauty and if that’s not correct, I’ll let you know 🙂

      28 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, I double-checked and I was right – you always use sunscreen LAST. So put on your City Beauty products first, then sunscreen. 🙂

      04 . Aug . 2019 Reply
  14. Susan

    DO YOU HAVE A FRAGRANCE-FREE VERSION OF YOUR MULTI-ACTION SCULPTING CREAM/I am too allergic to perfumes to risk using your current product. Thank you.

    05 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • City Beauty

      Hi Susan, thank you for your question. We do not offer a fragrance-free version of Multi-Action Sculpting Cream but we will be launching fragrance-free products this year.

      08 . Jul . 2019 Reply
  15. Maryann Formica

    Katie I forgot to ask u if there’s anything to make eyebrows thicker.

    02 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      I haven’t heard of anything, but I will ask City Beauty just in case :-)!

      03 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Maryann: Here’s what City Beauty sent me on this question: “At this time, we do not have an eyebrow product for growth but we are working on launching an eyebrow product very soon! “

      09 . Jul . 2019 Reply
  16. Maryann Formica

    Hi Katie, Love your blog! Can u tell me if I can use the Sculpting Creme on my body. I just lost alot of weight & have that creepy skin on my thighs & stomach too. Thanks so much . I appreciate it!

    02 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Thanks, Maryann!

      I wrote to my contact at city beauty, and here’s what she said “Multi-Action Sculpting Cream can be applied to other areas of the body but it is formulated to specifically address the skin on the face and jawline. We can also recommend InvisiCrepe Body Balm that is formulated to address crepey skin on the body. “

      09 . Jul . 2019 Reply
  17. Doris Ward

    Thank you for your input on “City Beauty”. Today I received a shipment of products, and although there are instructions on application, there ISN’T instructions on what to put on first. The items purchased are; (oh, I purchased the multi-action sculpting cream several weeks ago) ageless moisturizing cream, dark spot corrector, intensive night serum, youth rejuvenating cleanser, city lips and hydro mask. Now obviously you start with a clean face, but beyond that how do you layer these products? I look forward to your response, thank you.

    30 . Jun . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Hi, Doris, good question! I will check with City Beauty on their recommendations and get back to you. Re: teh hydromask, I just use taht one every so often (once a month), on a clean face. City Lips, I put the clear one on at night (on a clean face) and then again in the morning before I put on my lipstick. I don’t use City Lips every day, but you can – it’s just that I can hardly remember to do anything every day (not good at routines!) 🙂

      Anyway, I will ask them and get right back over to you.

      01 . Jul . 2019 Reply
    • Katie

      Doris, here is the answer I received from City Beauty: “Wash face with Youth Rejuvenating Cleanser first, use both morning and night. Then serums usually go first in your skincare routine. So you can apply Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector morning and night, on areas of concern, allow to dry and then apply Intensive Night Serum on, only apply during night time skincare routine. Then apply Ageless Moisturizing Cream and finish off with Multi-Action Sculpting Cream, both morning and night. HydroMask can be added in right after cleansing and before the serums, once or twice a week. “

      09 . Jul . 2019 Reply
  18. 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
  19. Karen

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

    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
  20. 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
  21. 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
      • Beth Hartshorn

        Hi Katie,
        I am in Australia and thinking about ordering the sculpting cream. I have deep smokers lines on my top lip and clown lines at the corners of my lips. Do you reckon it would soften them at all?
        Cheers Beth Hartshorn from Aus

        03 . Jul . 2019 Reply
        • Katie

          Hi, Beth! That’s a good question – I reached out to my City Beauty contact and am waiting to hear back from her. Will let you know!

          03 . Jul . 2019 Reply
        • Katie

          Hi, Beth:

          I checked with City Beauty and they said they thought the Sculpting Cream would be of benefit to you with those issues.

          “Multi-Action Sculpting Cream helps to restore the skin’s elasticity by lifting, tightening, and firming the look of sagging skin which causes such lines below the cheek and around the lip area. It firms the skin by promoting healthy levels of elastin and collagen while reducing skin-aging toxins that eat away your collagen and elastin.

          We do recommend that you apply Multi-Action Sculpting Cream as the last step in your skin care routine and it does not replace your moisturizer. We do recommend to continue to use your normal moisturizer. For best results, use twice a day—once in the morning and once at night before bed.”

          Please let me know if you have any other questions!

          06 . Jul . 2019 Reply
        • Shani

          Hi I’m from AU as well
          I would be happy to hear if you tried this product and if it’s help for the wrinkles?

          30 . Aug . 2019 Reply

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