Mascara Monday: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber mascara

Well, well, welllll….what do we have here? Looks like Maybelline is starting the year off with a new fiber mascara. Considering I find fiber mascaras to be one of my favorite kind of mascaras (after volumizing mascaras, of course), I could not have been more happy. And Maybelline rarely disappoints me when it comes to mascaras. Let’s hope this one won me over…

The packaging looks a bit like Lash Stiletto, uh?

Price: $8.95 in drugstores. Of course you can probably get it cheaper with a coupon.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims:  “Defy the rules with new Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara. A Maybelline New York first, this new mascara features fiber-extension technology for longer-looking lashes – 4mm visibly longer looking lashes to be exact!

How does it work? Maybelline New York incorporates 4mm black fibers into our formula. These elongated, dark fibers provide a dramatic, almost illegal length to lashes. Our exclusive Fiber Fix formula actually seals the fibers to each lash while the Fiber Fix Brush catches each lash for optimal fiber placement. Lashes extend to their fullest, most traffic stopping lengths! No flaking – no breaking.” (via press release)

The Truth: This wand is the best at defining, y’all. The best!

What I Loved About It: The wand. It’s just amaziiiiing!

What I Didn’t Like: When I think of something, I’ll let you know.

Overall: Maybelline does it again! *does the cabbage patch* I’m so excited! Okay, let’s get back at square one. You know what a fiber mascara is, don’t you? Essentially these little fibers give you dramatic length by attaching themselves on the tips of your lashes. You know how some women wear hair extensions to make their hair longer and fuller? Fiber mascaras do the same thing for eyelashes. I’ve discovered that there are 2 kinds of fiber mascaras; ones that promise volume and others that promise length. Both types of mascaras have to have great wands to be effective. Illegal Length Fiber is winning in that department.

Because of the wand’s slimness, I was able to apply the mascara on the tiny tips of my lashes. This can be challenging with a larger mascara wand but ILF was perfect. Like most fiber lengthening mascaras, the consistency of the formula was far from thick. Which is another good thing. A thick formula would make it difficult for you see the bristles on the wand and applying would be a wee bit of a hazard. Another plus of the wand (can you tell that I’m obsessed with it?) is that because the bristles are so stiff and tiny, applying on the lower lashes are super easy. Woot! Oh and even if length isn’t what you’re going for, the wand does an amazing job at helping you comb your lashes.

ILF lasted all day (most fiber mascaras do) without any smudging or flaking. This mascara also comes in a waterproof formula and I’m interested to see the differences between that and the non-waterproof one.

The best way to apply a fiber mascara for optimum results? Apply it on top of your favorite volumizing mascara. A coat of Maybelline The Falsies + Illegal Length Fiber, I imagine would be an amazing combination. I don’t mind wearing ILF solo though. And like all fiber mascaras, removal is easy peasy. Simply wet your fingers and gently massage your lashes. It’s off  faaaaaast.

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 3 coats

Do I recommend it?: Oh yeahhhh. If you’re one of those guys or gals with super tiny lashes and REALLY want them to stand out, go for Illegal Length Fiber.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What do you think?

  • Super nice results. I can see a huge difference. I’ve always liked Maybelline mascara too.

  • Great giveaway! =)
    When I clicked on the entry for leaving a comment it asked my favorite color. Not sure if I am suppose to write that here, but I would go with pink. :)

    • Brittany

      Here is fine, lovely. 😉

  • Thats some impressive length there! I love Maybelline mascaras, this one doesn’t disappoint!

  • Helen

    Will definitely try this mascara out! I’m a big fan of Fiberwig, but it’s a bit pricey. It would be nice to have a cheaper alternative. And I liked the voluminous mascara + fiber mascara tip. Will try that out too :)
    Thanks for such a great blog!

  • oooh … so excited to try a new mascara :)
    my favorite color is purple!

  • Valerie

    Ooh looks promising! I’ve used a few different fiber mascaras and all of them have worked very nicely. I might have to give this one a try.

    My favorite color is plum purple. :)

  • blkrox

    My favorite color is pink!

  • My favorite color is PURPLE! I just think its a beautiful color…

  • Kim

    umm blue. I’m definitely curious about this one now

  • Jessica

    can’t wait for this to go on sale so i can snag some 😉

  • tai

    FAVORITE color….royal blue!

  • purple :)

  • Eeeee it sounds so good, I can’t wait to get my hands (lashes?) on some!

    • Had to update you on this: I got it yesterday, and… it’s awful! Mediocre lengthening, smudging, clumping. I’m so sad!

      I will try it one more time, to make sure that one application wasn’t a fluke, but… I’m so sad! Everyone else is so happy about it, I had such high hopes!

  • Carolyn

    I’ve always liked blue! :)

  • I am very impressed! Can’t wait to try!

  • Michelle

    My favorite colour is purple but I also like blue, green, and pink.

  • Renu

    This looks like a great buy! 😀

  • I have been wondering about this. I will have to give it a try. As for my favorite color – I really like teal. Just something about it speaks to me.

  • Elisha

    My favorite color would be green!! :))

  • My favorite color is black. I particularly like blacks with flecks of silver glitter.

  • alina

    It gave you really good lenght

  • Oooooh this looks like a good sub for my Lash Stiletto that my local drugstores seem to always be out of! The brush at least looks really similar.

    • also, my fav color is purple.

  • Brittany L.

    Ohhh I hope I see this in the drugstore so I can give it a try!

  • No one does it like Maybelline when it comes to mascaras. I really like to effects of dark brown on my lashes,. Thanks for the review and giveaway

  • Jessica

    My favorite color’s always been pink. Never was able to get rid of my three-year-old self. 😛

  • I swear that there is nothing better than opening up a new mascara and getting awesome results!

  • Cosmolude

    Think I’ll have to try this, Maybelline mascaras are my favorites.

  • and since I obviously have the shortest attention span ever; my fave colour is gray or green.

  • Rondah


  • Leigh Ohlson

    Definitely loving the look of this mascara! I have small, thin, fine and barely there lashes! thanks for the give away! PURPLE!!! no better colour out there! 😉

  • Audrey

    Favorite color, definately Magenta. Although I am continously drawn to red and shades of blue when it comes to clothing.

    Maybelline makes the best mascaras for under $15 and I love it! Just wish they would bring back Sky High lashes.

    Question, do you find this mascara to be dry at all? I am working through the L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara right now. And while I have no issues with application I find it to be drier. I feel the need to work faster to ensure that I am not clumping up.
    This is fine as the Maybelline Falsies mascara that I use first is rather wet and they tend to work together well.
    Is this maybe typical for fiber mascaras?

    • Cathy

      I don’t find it too dry. I’ve had the same issues with other mascara’s, but this was not an issue with Illegal Length.

      Really nice coverage, no flaking and easy to apply.

  • victoria

    It looks good enough to use even without a volume mascara underneath. A winner for Maybelline!

  • My Favorite Color is YelloW! And wow this has to be the mascara that made your lashes the longer, that I had seen at least. :-)

  • Amanda

    My favorite color’s teal.

  • Amy

    Turquoise or purple. :) And I like this mascara on you

  • Elle

    just ran out of my fave fiber mascara and am back to my pink and green tube of whatever that maybelline thing is called. would love to try another brand

  • This sounds great, I usually have good experiences with Maybelline Mascaras and I’m glad to hear this one lives up to its promises!

    Thanks for the giveaway
    GFC – Victoria

  • Stephanie

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! I have heard mixed reviews of this product, so I’d really like to try it for myself!

  • Nana Yaa Pabi

    Thank you for the giveaway..
    MY favourite colour is turquoise or coral those two are my favourite

  • tanya


  • Ro

    I’m all about great lashes so I’ll have to try this one out!

  • Ro

    And my fav color is Purple!

  • Jo

    My favourite colour is purple :)

  • ryana

    mine is red

  • Celine

    I usually just use mascaras for volume, but this one has my interest.

    • Celine

      My favourite colour is pink.

  • Jade

    Wow, your lashes look fabulous! I have short Asian lashes, so I might have to look into Illegal Length!

  • My favorite color is purple; every spectrum of purple!

  • Amy

    Love to try it…hope it’s better than Loreal’s fiber mascara they have out now. It made my eyes start to tear up for some reason or another. :/

  • Parris A

    My favorite color is fuchsia!!

  • my favorite color is periwinkle ! :)

  • I so want to try this! Great review and thanks for the giveaway!

    • and derp, my favourite colour is purple!

  • Avanna

    Purple is my favorite color! Specifically royal purple.

  • Maggie

    Wow!!!!! I just discovered this website and I’m super excited!

    I too, just bought this in the waterproof version. I like it; what you wrote for the normal version fits the bill for the waterproof version. Except of course, for the removal. This is difficult to remove even with the Neutrogena Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover. I always have leftover flakes. And this is after using a 2 step removal process too! (1. dip q-tip into remover and rub onto lashes as if applying mascara, 2. then hold remover-soaked cotton pad against lashes and wipe off)

    Unfortunately for me, this mascara smudges on me. Actually most of them do (even if they don’t smudge for anyone else), and the one’s that don’t, like Smashbox Bionic and Imju Fiberwig, just straighten out my curled lashes (I have straight sparse lashes to begin with). If you have any recommendations for mascaras that DON’T smudge, I would be completely appreciative.

  • Cathy

    I’ve been using a 2 step mascara to get the fibers, but I found that my eyelashes looked gray…the white of the fiber formula was difficult to cover.

    I tried illegal length expecting to be disappointed, but I LOVE it! The 1 step process alone is fantastic, it is easy to apply and actually works just as well as the 2 step – better actually because there is less clumping. If you have short lashes, this is a really great option.

  • Gabriella

    The saleslady at my local beautyshop said that this was a false fiber mascara as in it doesn’t come off with only water. I’m confused…

  • My teeny Asian lashes badly need this.. too bad it’s not being sold here yet. Thank you so much for this review, you are THE authority when it comes to mascaras!

  • I was always in search for the best mascara- But now transitioned over to eyelash extensions and no more clumps! no more raccoon eyes! and you can have long and beautiful lashes 24/7 :)