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

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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  • Reply Miss Kwong

    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.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:06 AM
  • Reply Monkey

    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.

    July 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM
  • Reply mostlysunnybunny

    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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    July 23, 2012 at 7:05 AM
  • Reply Larie

    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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    July 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    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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    July 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM
  • Reply The Beauty Sample

    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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    July 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM
  • Reply Alison M

    This looks phenomenal on you! Maybelline is my drugstore mascara brand of choice :)
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    July 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM
  • Reply Memoiselle

    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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    July 25, 2012 at 2:33 AM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    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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    July 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM
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