City Lips Original Formula Lip Plumper – Review

September 2013 Update! See below for an update to my City Lips Lip Plumper experience!
Lip plumpers aren’t a product I’ve ever been interested in. I have decently plump lips already and I didn’t feel like experimenting with the odd tingling sensations I’d heard about. So you may be wondering what I am doing posting about a lip plumper. Well I happened to receive a mini sized version of the original City Lips in my August 2011 Luxe Box. I’m so happy to have had a chance to try this because I never thought of using a lip plumper to deal with my new pesky lip lines!
From the City Lips website:
City Lips Original formula is specially formulated to naturally stimulate collagen production while luxurious moisturizers quickly absorb within the lips to soothe and plump even the driest lips. Fortified with essential oils and exclusive ingredients, City Lips’ exclusive formula repairs and renews lips revealing fewer lines, decreased wrinkles, and a smoother, fuller, hydrated lip. Reverse the signs of aging, free-radical damage and dryness with City Lips!
What is City Lips?
It’s an innovative collagen-peptide lip plumping treatment that delivers instant moisture, enhances natural lip color, and makes lips incredibly soft and hydrated. City Lips’ exclusive Oligopeptide and Celadrin™ technology increases lip size safely and painlessly by stimulating lips to produce their own collagen and hyaluronic acid. Oligopeptides and Celadrin™ are the only ingredients that repair and build collagen while visibly reducing the lip wrinkles caused by free radical damage. With each use, City Lips makes lips visibly fuller, reduces and decreases the appearance of lip lines.
Winner of multiple lip plumper product tests conducted by Good Housekeeping Magazine ®. “We found that the CITY Lips lip plumper plumped people’s lips an average of 3 millimeters.” Karen Rauen, Chemistry Director, Good Housekeeping Institute.
Key Benefits and Ingredients:
  • Instantly plumps, boosts hydration, and smoothes lines
  • Potent peptides build up collagen and elastin for long-term fullness
  • Naturally flushes lips with healthy color
  • Builds collagen to decrease lip wrinkles in and around the lips
  • Blocks the breakdown of collagen
  • Essential oils and antioxidants protect lips
  • Pain-free plumping–will not burn or irritate the lips
  • Sheer, lightweight and never sticky
  • Safe to use with lip injections or other cosmetic treatments
  • Can be layered over or under other lip products
Why should I use City Lips?
CITY Lips is different than any other lip plumper on the market because it actually builds the collagen in your lips for long term plumping results. You will get an instant plump with each application, plus you will activate collagen production in your lips and build volume with continued use.
What I like about this product is that it’s not all about instant plumping. It’s goal is to produce long term fuller lips after extended use of the product. They actually guarantee results after 30 days. Now I wasn’t diligent enough to use the product steadily for a solid 30 days. I did however use it quite regularly over a couple of weeks and I did notice a difference. I’m not sure if it would be noticeable to anyone else but I noticed my lips seems a little fuller and less lined. I have started getting annoyed with lips lines as I entered my mid 30s. I never thought I would be concerned about my lips aside from keeping them from being dry and chapped but I do indeed find they’ve become another ageing concern to add to my ever growing list. I also found this product very moisturizing. It worked well in place of a lip balm.
The pictures below were of instant results as opposed to longer term. You will see that after a few minutes my lips are considerably flushed. It’s a nice effect. I do experience tingling but it is not painful. I actually quite enjoyed it and it is very brief. I don’t feel these pics do the product much justice as when I wear this I find the difference more noticeable. City Lips comes in a variety of shades as well as the clear formula. I like applying this with my makeup in the morning and then half an hour later once I’m about to arrive to work applying lipstick to my plumper, less lined lips!
The product info states that it is pain free but there is tingling as I mentioned earlier so I suppose the accuracy of this statement is up to your discretion. They also promote it being lightweight and non sticky. I do find it is a thicker more sticky “typical” gloss texture. I don’t mind it because it lasts well and I only wear this product intermittently.
You can find City Lips Original Formula $32, as well as their Advanced Formula Lip Plumper $35, on their website as well as on
I have had the opportunity to review the full size version of the City Lips to get the proper 30 days of use. I am happy to report that regular use of the City Lips Lip Plumpers helps you maintain a fuller, plumper look to your lips that you can maintain even if you start to become a little more sporadic in your use. It helps smooth lip lines which achieves more youthful looking lips.
Minutes after application:
My lips maintain a plumper look on a regular basis:
I was also able to test out one of the coloured versions of the Advanced formula. It has the same sticky texture, gentle tingling sensation, and lip plumping effects as the original and clear versions. It’s a great way to keep your lips looking plump and maintain the treatment while giving some colour to your look. The Plum shade is a gorgeous plum with medium pigmentation and stunning multi-coloured shimmer.
Overall I feel the City Lips products work to give your lips a plumper and healthier appearance and work great as a regular lip treatment to not only plump but hydrate your lips and smooth fine lines.

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  • Tina
    December 17, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    I remember using City Lips as my very first lip plumping brand… It looks like they repackaged and maybe reformulated, bcos I remember the stinging being quite horrendous – a big no no for my dry lips!
    I’m using Lip Fusion products ever since and I’m very satisfied, though I must say the extended lip plumping effect would definitely spike my interest!


    • Holland Kate
      March 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      I just ordered two of these with color. One in a beige and the other in a pale pink. I’ll do a fair review regarding how it works in another two weeks or so, but for these two lip plumpets to set me back $65 and smell HORRIBLE? This really angeted me. You would think City Lups could make this product at least smell good. I opened one and when I went to apply it, the awful smell was the first thing I noticed. For a lip plumper nearly $33, the dumb thing should smell like a chocolate malted shake, or something equally as good. As a business owner with a peoduct this pricey, Id never put it on the market without a fantastic fragrance. Who wants to apply lip gloss that stinks? Change the smell of your product City Lips. I’m sending you guys an email about this as well. Theres no excuse for this.

      • Christa
        March 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        I haven’t tried the coloured ones but there was no issue with scents with the original. I’m not sure why you are referring here to sending “you guys” an email. I have no affiliation with City Lips. I would recommend contacting wherever you purchased them from for a replacement. Maybe there was an issue with the ones you received? Good luck.

  • CITY Cosmetics
    August 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Thank you so much for trying our product! Did you ever get a chance to try out our Original Formula? It’s a very smooth and moisturizing consistency AND we just released our San FranKISSco in Original!

  • Claire Atwood
    January 7, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    I absolutely love City Lips Advanced formula. I don;t wear it during the day because I prefer matte lipstick, but I have been wearing it every night for almost a year, and my lips are gorgeous.

    I used to have a lot of problems with wrinkles in my lips and skin peeling. This lip plumper has not only made my lips more pronounced, but the lines in my lips are gone and I never get chapped lips anymore. I highly recommend for anyone wanting a serious lip treatment with Collagen.

  • Mariel Bacci
    January 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I love City Lips!

    Mostly because it moisturizes my lips and gets rid of wrinkles long term.
    I keep one in the bathroom drawer, in my purse and in my gym bag.

    I think of this more like a lip treatment than a plumper. I wear it religiously like I do my anti-wrinkle creams to keep my lips healthy.


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