This is amazing. Its cheap and really does curl my lashes. It does clump up a little and i find my self reapplying it about 3 hrs later but it has enough product to keep reapplying it and works better than my falsies masvara
NYC (New York Color) City Curls Mascara is this budget brand's curling mascara option. City Curls promises to give you up to 60% lift with dramatic curl. This mascara does not offer a waterproof version, and is only available in one color; Extreme Black. This mascara is ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers. NYC products are not tested on animals. This particular product was made in the UK. I purchased my .27fl oz tube at Rite Aid for $2.99
I was attracted to this mascara by it's cute name, and kinda cute packaging. The tube is slender and made of fuchsia plastic. The tube features City Curls written in silver cursive, as well as "NYC" written in silver, interlocked square letters. The tube is kinda cute, and pretty girly. I like the design n'at, and the size is perfect, it doesn't take up too much space in my precious mascara drawer.
I'm not a fan of this mascara's brush. City Curls' "curved brush evenly coats lashes for up to 20% wider eye look". What? NYC can you even grammar? NYC also claims that this brush will "take your lashes from natural to naughty in one clean sweep." The brush is curved and made of traditional bristles, which get shorter as the brush tapers. The bristles are way too close together on the thinner portion on the brush, especially on the tip of the brush. Hello clumps. The brush comes out loaded with product. Because of the clumping, this brush doesn't coat lashes evenly at all. I don't know if NYC knows that naughty and clumpy aren't synonyms. They don't seem to have passed English class, so they may be genuinely confused. Either way, this brush isn't good at all.
Because of the clumpage, this mascara is a pain to apply. The tip of the brush tends to poke and leave marks on my eyelids. I also have to wipe the brush with a kleenex before application. The curved shape makes it hard to wiggle through the lashes. It makes it even harder to make full, complete sweeps. Instead you end up doing awkward half sweeps. Awkwardness never wins any points when it comes to mascara application. This isn't my first curved brush mascara, so it's not like I don't know what to do with a curved brush. In fact I prefer them. My favorite mascara for like 3 or 4 years was Great Lash Curved. I've never had such weird application issues before though.
I never apply more than one coat of this mascara. It'd be far too clumpy. The color really is "extreme black". It's very dark, which is a great bonus. However the rest of the results are pretty poor. NYC lays down several claims, such as 70% more lift, 60% curlier, 20% wider eyes, etc. NO. Just no. The formula of this mascara is thick, heavy, and dry, leaving your lashes crunchy, clumpy, weighed down, and straight. Not curled. That is the opposite of what it is supposed to do. NYC also claims that this mascara's formula contains Vitamin E and panthenol to strengthen your lashes and keep them supple. I have my doubts, considering how hard and crispy City Curls makes your lashes. I see healthy oils and such in the ingredients, but this can't possible be a healthy mascara.
NYC says the formula is also flake and smudge proof. Once again, no. This mascara wears very poorly. It flakes off completely within 3 or 4 hours. But really, it doesn't smudge. That doesn't make up for the incredibly bad flaking though. The packaging claims that City Curls is safe for those with sensitive eyes, and it doesn't irritate my eyes, but it does make my lashes very, very itchy and uncomfortable.
I'm sorry if it seems like I'm just straight up hatin' on NYC's City Curls mascara, but it just doesn't work for me at all. It clumps and gives the opposite effect that it promises. Don't worry though, the clumps will flake off after a while, and then the rest of the mascara will follow shortly afterwards. I've never tried any of NYC's mascaras before and I'm not sure if I'm willing to try another one. I advise you to skip City Curls, don't let the cute name draw you in. It's just not a good mascara. City Curls has made me nervous about trying mascaras from other super budget brands like Wet n Wild and ELF. I really don't like this product, and will likely toss it out right away.
Although I tend to be fickle and try new mascaras just for something different, this is about as close to a HG mascara as I've come. The formulation is a bit dryer than what I'm used to, but I'm finding I actually prefer it. (Plus, I was reading recently that wet formulations can weigh the lashes down and negatively effect the curl.) One thing different is that I have to put all of it on at one time, rather than in 2-3 coats that dry briefly in between, but it just goes on so nicely that I don't have to worry about clumping at all. This is definitely replacing my former favorite, Maybelline Lash Discovery.
I've been on a tight budget, so I pretty much bought the cheapest mascara I could find.. and I'm so glad that I did it! It has a nice brush, and it curls nicely. Will purchase this again! ]
I was given this as a gift. It works better than lash blast, and all the other drugstore mascaras. It lifts eyelashes and works great on outer corners. Even my boyfriend noticed
This is my favorite all-purpose mascara -- it works well on my straight, average-length lashes. I usually curl them beforehand out of habit, but I don't need to -- I can still get nicely "lifted" lashes without my Shu. I generally apply this focusing on the middle and the tips of my lashes, adding another coat to the roots and outer corners before it dries. The formula adds tons of length for my lashes (comparable to, if not better than, my experience with Cover Girl Lash Blast Length) and decent thickness with nice separation. There can be some clumping occasionally but it's easy to smooth out with the wand (you could also wipe off the excess beforehand). I can do a natural or semi-dramatic look so the versatility is a big plus -- I can even use this when I'm doing my fastest application and my lashes will look nice. Finally, so many mascaras smear or flake on me, and I've never had any problems with this one, so it's a keeper! If you prefer really thick lashes or lots of volume, you probably won't like this mascara as much as I did -- but for everyone else, go ahead and try it! It's so inexpensive that you're not losing much.
I bought this because I wanted something that that held a curl well, and gave a little volume and length. I think I got that. Only this doesn't curl your lashes on its own like it claims, I used this once without curling my lashes (which I never do normally), and the curved brush only lifts your lashes, which is nice, but this isn't really a curling mascara, and it wasn't the best at holding a curl, my lashes drooped a bit as this dried. A waterproof mascara, as a rule, holds a curl better than a non-waterproof one.
The brush had a kinda deep curve compared to other curved brushes I've used, so it was a bit awkward to use and I often ended up getting a bit of mascara on my lid attempting to apply this.
I used this at one point as my everyday, natural looking mascara and it did great, I didn't have smudging or flaking issues, but the tube eventually dried out after a few months, which was a little disappointing.
I like this mascara, overall. It's probably the best super cheap mascara I've used (it was 3 dollars). I just wouldn't buy it again because I like trying new mascaras and I wasn't super impressed with this.
I got this for less than $2 and as a mascara it is excellent. Builds great length and thickness, better than the free Clinique samples I got with a FWP offer. I threw out the Maybelline I'd been using because it was clumping way too much. Didn't take the curling claims seriously. I use a curler and I have lashes of average length and curl, so that is not a huge issue for me. If you are looking for ridiculously cheap mascara that works this it.
Curls pretty well. For $3, a great back up mascara. It does begin to flake off throughout the day.
it gives a little bit of lenght but doesnt curl , so i only give 1 lippie, one for the cute packaging and thats it, i would not repurchase