Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara: review, photos, swatches

Monday, July 23, 2012

The product: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara in Very Black

The lash: Illegal Length gives exactly the kind of effect you’d expect (and want) it to: long, defined lashes with very little volume in tow.  As someone who isn’t actually crazy about volumizing mascaras (because let’s be honest; 9 times out of 10 that “volume” is simply clumps masquerading as being intentional), it’s right up my alley.

The end result is really natural; intensely black but with “clean” vibe (no sootiness here) and great separation. I find I get the best results with a simple, smooth sweep of the brush; no wiggling or zig-zagging necessary.

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara on lashes. (…Lash swatch?)

The wear: While I didn’t get the kind of wear I love out of this (which is to say, 18+ hours), it can definitely make it through a regular workday. As long as you make sure you don’t let your lashes droop while applying it, Illegal Length should hold a long, defined curl with no smudging or flaking for a good eight hours or so — just try not to over-apply, mmkay?

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara brush.

The brush: The brush on this one is pretty basic; straight and spiky and perfect for separation. It’s not the kind of brush (or the kind of formula) that you’d want for volume, so keep your strokes basic — just a few layers, with no drying between coats (as recommended on the Maybelline site), and you should be good to go.

(Honestly, I’ve read a few of the negative reviews online, and I have no idea what people are doing to make this clump and flake. If you were that dead-set on getting volume, you shouldn’t have bought a product called “Illegal Length”!)

The verdict?

Illegal Length Fiber Extensions does a great job of delivering “illegally” long, separated lashes, if you ask me. It’s not perfect–I do get smudges by the very end of the day, but no drooping,– and it won’t deliver anything on the volume front, but it’s good at what it’s been designed to do.

If you’re looking for a really clean, defined lash look, or if you’re on the hunt for a cheap, paraben-free, non-tubing mascara with fibers, then check this one out. (I think it’s the only one that fits in that latter category, to be honest!)

Illegal Length retails for $9.99 CAD, and can be seen on my wimpy Asian lashes here or here.

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara ingredients

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20 Responses to “Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara: review, photos, swatches”

  1. Miss Kwong, on July 23rd, 2012 at 6:06 am said:

    thanks for the review!!!
    I’m still finding a mascara that’s waterproof but easy to remove. I like Clinique, but they don’t curl very well.

  2. Monkey, on July 23rd, 2012 at 6:54 am said:

    I love this stuff but personally I've had the best results layering it over a volume-building mascara, either one of the Volum'Express ones or Maybelline Full n Soft (volume without clumps! Natural-looking, but better). That way I can get some volume underneath it without building the Illegal Lengths up far enough to clump or flake.

  3. mostlysunnybunny, on July 23rd, 2012 at 7:05 am said:

    Haha you're right! If you really want volume, a mascara called Illegal Length is probably not your thing!

    I do like length, but I also like volume and curl-holding capacity. I tend to go for mascaras that offer a balance of length and volume, as I find extremely lengthening mascara a bit weird on me as I don't have a lot of them… Ugh let's not go into the details of my pathetic lashes LOL
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  4. I'm honestly very confused about the whole fiber vs. tubing thing. I am using L'Oreal's Voluminous False Fiber Lashes right now, which is a fiber mascara…but what are tubes supposed to look like? o_O Are they usually fiber-tubing?
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  5. Larie-girl, I find tubing to be less clumpy looking than fiber ones. I'm using the Voluminous False Fiber mascara and it's great for volume; but if you look closely, there's some clumping action (a lot if you pack it on like me :p). But tubing gives you a cleaner look, I found.
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  6. I feel like beauty brands should have asian women test their mascaras before they can claim anything like "illegal length." Sometimes I see mascara ads with all these claims and I think to myself: "I'll be the judge of that!" :p

    That said, your lashes *do* look lovely here. I really like how defined they are. :)
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  7. I just got L'Oreal's Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara like Larie. Haven't tested it yet, but I'm excited. I can't remember the last time I tried a fiber mascara!!! Those new Too Faced wisps of fiber in a tube are intriguing, but I thought I'd try L'Oreal's more affordable version first
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  8. This looks phenomenal on you! Maybelline is my drugstore mascara brand of choice :)
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  9. I think fibre mascaras have little particles that adhere to your lashes to build up length and volume. Tube mascaras actually put down a layer of mascara over each lash, encapsulating it in a tube. Tube mascaras come off with just warm water, and you gently pat a wet, warm cloth on your lashes and they kind of pull off in tubes. That's what I get is the difference between the two.

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  10. Go tubing, honey! Waterproof as long as you don't touch it, but comes off easily with warm water and gentle swipe at the eyes. Fiberwig do a great one, but L'Oreal's is a good (& widely-available) drugstore option ;)

  11. I don't think we get Full n Soft up here in Canada, which is strange — it seems to be quite popular in the US! I'll keep Voum'Express in mind if I ever need a volumizing mascara, though :)

  12. Haha, I can sympathize :P My lashes are pretty wimpy, too, but I tend to be OK as long as they keep a curl. I find that the ones marketed for volume tend to look messy on my lashes, tbh!

  13. This! (I forgot about the Voluminous False Fiber one, but that's another new p-free fibrous-but-not-tubing mascara :))

    When fiber mascaras started popping up, they were pretty much exclusively in tubing mascaras. They're a lot more common now, though, so you can get one without the other!

  14. Surely Maybelline has many great mascaras! My favorite has to be the Falsies. It makes my lashes looks full and long. Looking at this post I think this is not for me, it might be more to ladies who has naturally long lashes :)
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  15. Ha! Asian women: the perfect mascara testers. We have the short, sparse, un-curlable lashes to really make 'em work! :p

  16. I'm really curious about the Too Faced fibers, too! I think the effect is more dramatic than what I'm looking for, though — I still like my lashes to look like lashes, y'know? Not fuzzy caterpillars :p

  17. Thanks, Alison! I think this might actually be my first Maybelline mascara (!), but I really like it :)

  18. Or those with naturally full (but not long) lashes! ;)

  19. I have had a REALLY hard time locating this in stores. Honestly? I'm kind of…meh about it now. The smudges are a big no no for me.
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  20. :( :( Sorry to hear that, honey!! Guess it just goes to show how personal mascaras can be, eh?

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