I spotted the Maybelline Illegal Length mascara in a clearance bin at Bed Bath and Beyond the other day, and I had to grab it because I’d never tried it before. This is a fiber extension formula focused on lengthening lashes, as the name would suggest. The fibers in the formula measure 4 mm, and Maybelline advertises a “sealing formula” that seals the fibers to the lashes. I think that this is a really decent mascara for long, lifted and natural-looking lashes and at just under $5 it’s not a bad buy.
I have the washable form of the mascara (it also comes in waterproof, but I’m not sure that version is on clearance) in the shade Very Black. It has a long, narrow wand with shorter fiber bristles that I think is a cinch to use. The wand does a nice job of grabbing onto lashes and coating them with the formula.
I do see a good bit of length added to my lashes, and the fibers look very natural – not wonky and obvious, as some fiber formulas can be. I also have pretty good luck with it giving my lashes lift and holding them up throughout the day. The curl isn’t miraculous, but it’s good. It’s not an extremely deep, black color, but it does provide a pretty, natural and defined look. It comes off easily at the end of the day, too.
I haven’t experienced any flaking, and only very minimal smudging after a day of walking around in the misty, spitting Seattle rain. Not bad. It’s not a very dramatic mascara and normally I prefer a bit more oomph, but this is a solid option for days when I’m ok with a more natural look.
Above, I’m also wearing: NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Mont Blanc, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting loose setting powder, Physicians Formula Happy Booster blush in Natural, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Maybelline ExpertWear brow and eye pencil in Blonde, Jane Iredale PureBrow tinted brow gel in Blonde (review), Strike and Radar eyeshadows from the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette and Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Teddy Berry (review).
I’m not entirely sure why this mascara’s been put on clearance as I don’t see any signs online that it’s being discontinued, but if you see it marked down it might be a good option to reach for. The Maybelline Illegal Length mascara can be found at Ulta and drugstores, but I found it on clearance at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Have you tried it? Do you like it?