January 6, 2012

Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara Review

Fiber mascara aka OMG I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY EYE GET IT OUT! is not my favorite mascara of choice.

I don’t do so well with fiber mascaras. Anytime I used them I always felt like I had a lash stuck up under my upper waterline and I go through the day absolutely miserable trying hard not to scratch an eyeball out trying to get to that imaginary hair.

Well, needless to say Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara was on my DO NOT WANT list of mascaras. This is a fiber extension mascara so it extends lashes using tiny little fibers.

Not good.

But I gave it a whirl and…

I love it.


I said it.

I love Maybelline Illegal Length mascara. Someone might want to get a notary here so I can sigh a document stating I actually, technically wrote those words out loud because 1. it’s rare I admit to liking drugstore mascara (I haven’t found many to rave) and 2. fiber mascaras is devil made sent to torture poor, defenseless souls like myself. Dean and Sam go to battle with fiber making mascara demons daily…seriously, true story.

Here’s all you need to know, it works.

No seriously, there’s alot more to say but the thing is it’s difficult to find mascara that just works out of the package. I always feel like I need a heavy equipment license to operate mascara. This just works out of the package, swipe it on, done, longer, fuller lashes.

The brush is a straight line with bushy bristles, no plastic applicator here! The brush seems handy enough for pulling lashes up and out and surprisingly does well with curl as well. As I pull my lashes out with the brush it twists up nicely to curl the lashes upward.

The fibers extend lashes for visible results so my lashes look longer instantly after a single application. The mascara does a good job with volume as well which is saying something considering many mascaras promise volume and lenght but end up being a one trick pony and only good at one thing.

My first try with this I did indeed have problems with the fibers. I felt like a lash was stuck in my left eye and it just bugged me all day. After three more uses with this I haven’t had a hiccup since. I also had no issues with fibers flaking off on my eyes and cheeks, etc…the mascara wore well all day and removed easily in the evening with simple lukewarm water.

It’s not there yet but I’m thinking that Maybelline Illegal Length could join the ranks of my HG (holy grail) product list. This is one of the better mascaras I’ve tried at the drugstore. It performed beautifully well and did indeed bring not only good lenght to my lashes but gave them a fuller appearance.

Very Muse Approved for purchase.

Loves it.

Do pick this one up!

Available now at drugstores for $7.99-$8.99 or Ulta.com also has it in stock.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • kimkats

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn… I have to get this and try it out! I used to use a fiber mascara eons ago (I think revlon made it) and really liked it, but they disappeared for the longest time…. I will hafta get this (soon’s maybelline’s on a good sale! 😀 )

    Thanks for the review Muse – I always like how honest you are about things- it’s VERY helpful!

    Kim 🙂

    • the Muse

      aw shucks thanks kim! like to keep it as real as I possibly can around here. ulta has a sale btw, believe it’s bogo and $3.50 coupon is available too!

  • JenJ

    well den *adds it to de list* been weary of the fiber mascaras but i’ll give this one a go.

  • Stephanie C

    Yes!! I’ve been Eyeing it but was waiting for a review! Will definitely pick it up as soon as my current mascara runs out/expires!

  • eight

    Someone else I saw had before and after pics and they looked just as good as yours! Yep, definitely on my to-buy list.

  • Jess

    Thanks for reviewing this! I’ve been staring at it every time I go to the drugstore and debating and debating. With such a good review, will definitely give this one a try!

  • diane

    I’ve been eyeing this and now need it..maybelline is my fave drugstore mascara (cept great lash.sorry I hate it):..just curious what are ur hg mascaras? I usually combined at least 2 to get lashes how I want (sometimes I mix up to 5)

  • Rachel D

    I LOVED the old Illegal Length Mascara that they discontinued a few years ago, but it didn’t have the fibers. Do you remember the old one Muse? How does it compare?

  • Nikki

    This has been getting mixed reviews on makeupally so I decided I didn’t need it. But now I so want to give it a try!! 🙂

  • Coral

    I was going to stay away from this one because it didn’t seem like fiber mascaras were all cracked up as people claimed them to be, just the idea doesn’t seem comfortable. With your stamp of approval that means I get to try a new mascara!

  • Ruthless

    I have picked this up and put it back several times, I may just have to get it now

  • theRothstanator

    Awesome! Would have never thought to pick it up myself but I am gonna put it on my list for after my no buy period.

  • Ricci

    OMG Muse, your pictures of those guys with those comments, so hilarious! I love it when u do that. Back to fiber mascara, I am so amazed of the difference! I will def pick tis one up , thanks for the cute/funny and honest review.

  • amy

    am I nuts, or did Maybelline have a mascara called Illegal Lengths 5ish years ago, came in a black tube with a silvery gray top? Probably wasn’t fibery, but I could swear my mother and I used to use it until one day it was just…gone (weep). Glad to hear it may have been reincarnated and I maybe I can go back to a cheaper brand again–thanks! 🙂

  • Susan

    I’m glad to read your review. It’s not everyday Sam and Dean get involved with Demon Mascara. Now that is has a clean bill of health I think I’ll give it a try. Thanks.

  • catazure

    Ok, the line about needing “a heavy equipment license” to operate mascara made me spit wine at my computer screen!
    After I chuckled, I read the rest of the review and have put this mascara on my list:)

  • Monique

    Do you have a holy grail list somewhere on your site and I have just missed it?!

    • the Muse

      i do fab favs lists from time to time monique….just check the left hand column and look for “fab faves” click and that’ll show ya some of my favs!

  • Jackie

    Thanks for the review! I’d seen this around at Walmart but never gave it a second thought… Tried it after reading your review and I LOVE it!

  • Tracy

    I’ll sound clueless, but fiber masacaras can be taken off with water only ? No need for makeup remover ? I have to admit, I might be the only girl to not wear mascara because I lose lashes when I take it off !

  • Patti

    Muse I just priced this at Walmart and had to hold myself back. I happened to purchase the lash stash boxed set over Christmas and I think I will have enough mascara for a while, but, sigh, I wants it!

    • the Muse

      aw totally know how you feel about having one too many mascaras in rotation patti ;D!

  • HautePJ

    Ohhhh, need this! I was wary of the packaging but I like that it’s just a regular brush. I typically HATE plastic, spindly brushes.

  • Mia D

    Muse I went and picked this up yesterday because of you. I love it! It separates, gives curl, gives volume, and length! The only downside is that this thins out my lashes but I think using it over my favorite mascara (voluminous) will do. Thanks a bunch!

  • Marina

    Oh my gosh! Your lashes look amazing! I’ll probably need to try this when there’s a BOGO 50% sale at CVS…
    I swear by Maybelline the Falsies, personally, but this looks fabulous.

  • yelena

    hmm ur prob the first person that liked this product. i will wait to hear more reviews as i should be on a no buy for the month of January so i’m trying to be good 🙂 also have u tried the MB air mousse foudnation? i am DYING to get that! haha

  • Lili

    I was JUST looking at this at CVS today, but I was too afraid to pick it up. Fiber mascara sounds so… Scary. O_O But if it’s Muse Approved, I’ll have to go back! Thanks for the review, your lashes look amazing. 😉

  • Angela Raafiki Roadcone

    My reaction: Looking at before photo *oh that’s pretty! …. wait..* ~scroll down~ *Jumps!* WOAH!! O_O I’m so gettin’ that.

  • cal

    i’m a total mascara junkie and obssed with having longer eyelashes then just about everyone i know. especially my sisters beacuse all 3 of us have really long eyelashes gentically… well anyway, i can never get enough of this stuff! it works miracles! i would recomend it to anyone! (even if they do have a fear of fiber mascaras!). my friend and i are also makeup freaks and no matter how many different mascaras we try, illegal length still tops the list. i guess u would call it our holy grail list…