Monday, January 9, 2012

Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara Review

I decided to test out the newest Maybelline mascara -- Illegal Length, and now that I've used it for about a week, I have a review for you!

I got this at Walgreens for $7.99 but it's showing up in Target now for $6.99, so you may want to try there instead. 

The packaging and the brush both reminded me of Maybelline Lash Stiletto, which is a favorite of mine, so I was interested to try this one out. The silver and pink writing is also unique; Maybelline always has nice mascara packaging. Unfortunately, I don't have a tube of Lash Stiletto at the moment to compare with this, so you'll just be seeing Illegal Length in this post.

This is a fiber extensions mascara, meaning that there are tiny little fibers inside of the cream of the mascara that attach to your lashes to lengthen them. This is one of the only fiberized mascaras I've tried so I don't have anything to compare this with. I did notice that you don't get that gloopy blob of mascara on the tip of this wand, which is appreciated.

Applying this mascara is pretty easy. The wand isn't so skinny that you get no volume from it, but it's not so big that you feel like you're going to poke your eye out. It wiggles through the lashes easily and gives them a really effortless curl (I don't normally curl my lashes but I can definitely skip it with this) without clumpiness. I've gone up to 3 coats of this and still had no thick clumps to speak of. Applying to the bottom lashes is also easy. I will occasionally bump my eyelid with the very end of the wand but that's usually me being in a rush. If I take my time, I can get really nice lashes with this.

Pictures, shall we? Naked lashes:

Lashes with 1 solid coat of the mascara:

For lasting power, I had no issues with flaking or smudging with this at all. I expected the fibers to fall off of my eyes throughout the day but sans -maybe- one or two stray ones on my cheek (that could have be an eyelash, to be honest!), I haven't had any issues.

Overall, I am really loving this mascara. I was a huge fan of Lash Stiletto and I feel like the fibers in this give me a little more body and length. If you liked LS, I would highly recommend this. As usual, mascaras will really perform differently on everyone depending on your lashes. If your lashes are sparse (as in volume wise), I wouldn't recommend this as you may end up with spider lashes due to how much lengthening this does.

What do you think of this one? Would you try it? Have you already tried it? Let me know!


  1. It looks great on you, your eyelashes look much thicker... hopefully we will get it soon here in Ireland aswell :)


  2. That is quite the difference in your lashes!

  3. Hmmm....I may have to check this mascara out! Thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for the review! I'd seen this a coupla days ago when I was looking for a new mascara but ended up not buying it since I hadn't seen any reviews.

  5. I want to try a fibre mascara, they weird me out in a good way >:D thanks for ze reviewwww <3

  6. Looks pretty good! Reeeeally want to try a fibre mascara, and one of those odd tube-coaty ones. I have to say to the Maybelline people - sure they're listening - that that packaging is vile though D: Although I think it's the colours, because I like the LS packaging.

  7. Thanks for the review! I am a devotee of Maybelline mascaras but I haven't tried this one yet. I think I'll pick up a tube!

  8. I've been wanting try this mascara, after hearing it's worth it, I'm gonna be picking this up to give it a go, a tip for the girls with sparse lashes, try wiggling the wand back and forth starting at the roots of your lashes to thicken them up with volume.