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Item: Maybelline Illegal Length Fibre Extension Mascara
Bought in: Superdrug
I was totally 100% lured in by the name of this product. I really want illegal length eye lashes, so thought I would give it a try once my other mascara finally ran out last week.
This mascara comes attached to a bright pink card and was quite prominently displayed on the Maybelline make up stand. On the card it states "Instant lash extension effect. No flakes. Fibre fix brush" there is a diagram of an eye lash showing how the mascara should increase the lash by 4mm. There is also an image of an eye, this is a drawing rather than a real eye and the lashes look MASSIVE. So after seeing all of this I was totally convinced this may be the magic mascara I have dreamed of. The tube that the mascara comes in is quite plain and silver all over. There is a slight curve to the tube that makes no difference at all to the application, just to the overall look of the product. On the tube there is only one thing written "Maybelline Illegal Length Fibre Extension Mascara" so if you want any details on ingredients or the manufacturers, you need to keep the card as this is has the details on the back. Overall I would prefer if the mascara tube had more details on it but after reading the blurb on the card I felt like I wouldn't really need to refer back to it too much.
So did I really see "Instant lash extension effect. No flakes" from the fibre fix brush?
Yes and no! The colour is fine, it is black and shiny and when it is on my eye lashes it gives a nice dark effect. It is the getting it on the lashes part that is hard work. The brush is 3cm long and tapers from being 0.7cm wide to 0.4cm wide. The bristles are widely spread out and I find that my eye lashes seem to slip in between the bristles rather than being caught by them. The bristles are also really soft and bend easily. They seem to tickle the eye lashes rather than grab them and layer then up. I can see that the mascara does create a "fibre length" but this is just at the tips of my lashes and this is after a lot of side to side wiggle application. I usually apply mascara to both sides of my lashes anyways but I found I had to do this on repeat around at least 4 times before I could see any real look of mascara on my eye lashes. This is 3 times more than I would usually have to work to get a "day time" look. I was staying in one night at the start of the week and decided to try and layer up even more to try and get a "going out" look but after layering it on 8 times my lashes had started to clump before they really looked ready to go to a party. This is a real pity as I think that the brush is what lets this product down. I feel that it is too long and wide to begin with so you need to be careful you don't touch your eye lids with it when applying. Then as the bristles are wide apart and very soft, one you do get it near the lash it doesn't get a chance to get mascara off the brush and on to the eye lash. I have been persevering with this mascara as I really hate waste and it's not bad enough to bin but the results are really nowhere near as good as I expected, in fact they are less impressive than using a regular mascara.
I am giving this one 2 stars, one for colour and one for the fibre effect (that does happen just now easy to achieve with the brush supplied). 3 stars off for the wand size and shape and the overall poo results.
I am sad that this wasn't what I hoped for but it just means I will have to try another new mascara soon, yay!
I bought this in a 2 for 10 pound deal on all Maybelline products in Boots a while ago. I wasn't really expecting much from this as it was an impulse buy because what I really wanted was the gel liner so I thought 2 for 10 pounds I might as well get a mascara. This one popped out to me because the packaging had 'Fibre extension" written on it and I don't know why that just stood out to me as I had never seen that before. So I went ahead and picked this up even though at the time the Falsies mascara was one of Maybelline's newest and most popular mascaras.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
This is priced at 8.99 and is available at Boots and Superdrugs. 8.99 might be quite a bit but Boots and Superdrug always have offer on Maybelline. This comes in the colour black and a waterproof formulation (which is the one I picked up)
The packing of this is very sleek and is silver colour with minimal writing. The shape of the mascara is quite odd as it is a bit arched but I think this give the masacara a unique feel.
I was super excited to use this because I wanted to see if did want it claimed which was to length my lashes by 4mm. I have quite long eyelashes (as I hear from many people) and I definitely am more of a length person than volume. I opened the mascara and the first thing I notice is the wand of the mascara is very thin. I have always used mascaras with quite chunky wands and so have a thinner wand was something new to me. I curled my lashes before applying the mascara because I have awfully straight eyelashes. As I worked the wand through my lashes, the first thing I realised was that the formulation of the mascara was very dry but dry in a good way. The mascara had small little fibres that you could actually see and when the wand went through the lashes they seemed to cling on to my lashes. I really like the way it separated my eyelashes and actually made them look longer. I was pleasantly surprised! ^.^ After using this for a while, I found the best way to wear this. After curling your lashes apply this first to the back of your lashes and then apply it normally to the front. This lengthen yours lashes a lot. I kind of got carried away with this and one I day I applied so much that my eyelashes were nearly touching my eyebrows. Hehe! I got quite a few staring looks that day but lesson learnt be carefully with how much you apply. Also, this can be a great base mascara if you are going to layer your mascaras. Apply this first to give you length and then use another one to give you volume and I guarantee you that your lashes are going to look like false lashes
I got this in waterproof and I love it as I can walk outside in slight rain without worrying my mascara is going to bleed down my face. This mascara really doesn't budge when in contact with water. However, this might seem like a pain when removing makeup. At first, when I used my normal eye make up remover, I noticed that all of it didn't come off and it wasn't easy to get all the product to come off. This was kind of annoying but I found out the perfect way to get rid of the mascara at the end of the day. Simply put some olive oil on a cotton pad and just hold that on your eyes for a good minute and the mascara magically comes off without any lashes falling out.
I really like this mascara. It does what it says on the tin which makes it worth the price. It lengths the lashes with out making them clumpy or spidery. It doesn't have a strong awful mascara smell like some mascaras. It come in waterproof and normal formulation. It's definitely a mascara that every girl should have. Will I buy this again? Yup! You can bet on it
I have dozens of mascara from various bands rights from total budget to high end and this is one of my favourites. I own a lot of maybe line mascara but this one claims to give fibre extensions.
Do I think it does?
This mascara does not quite give the out of this world effect I would looking for, but I do get spidery lashes from it. The wand is of good quality and glides easily though the lashes - even the little ones!
I like my mascaras to be blacker than black and this one certainly is. I have a problem when it comes to making a mess with mascara meaning dark black smudges on my nose and eyelids most of the time. This doesn't happen with illegal length taking the stress out of application.
One of the things I do find a but strange about this mascara despite the great length it doesn't give the lashes much of a curl - as I have an eyelash curler this shouldn't bother me but I am lazy and very rarely use it. Another mascara on top can create this effect though.
Once the first layer is on it takes about a minute to dry which gives me enough time to add another layer if I want to, but I am not waiting round forever if I don't.
Waterproof or not?
In the shower, no, but in light rain or sweat yes. Not one to wear to the pool
This is a simple plastic tube with pink writing, that dies wear off quite quickly. As I said earlier I have a lot of mascaras and even though I have owned this for many weeks I still have some left and it hasn't dried up!
This cost me £8.99 from Superdrug,an average price for a mascara, but it will be much cheaper if found online.
Another great maybelline product tried and loved,
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This mascara is made by Maybelline and is called Illegal Length. This is Maybellines first fibre extension mascara that claims to make lashes look 4mm longer. The special fibre fix brush seals fibres onto lashes and stretches the appearance of lashes. I actually only purchased this product as the Maybelline range was on 3 for 2 and I needed a new mascara and thought this one sounded quite good. The mascara only comes in black colour and it doesn't state that this is waterproof so I presume it's not. The mascara comes in cardboard packaging which tells you about the product and how it works. The actual mascara tube is made from silver plastic and it has 'Illegal Length' on the side of the tube in pink. The tube has a slight curved shape to it and isn't straight. The lid unscrews easily to reveal the applicator brush which is slightly different looking to what I am used to using. The brush itself has very thin bristles on it rather than lots of bristles lined together which is what you get on most mascara wands. This sounded like a great product to wear for a night out due to it claiming to make lashes look longer. I would use eyelash curlers before applying the mascara anyway so my lashes also had a curl to them. I thought I would try this product during the day first, so applied it before going to work.
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You can purchase this from Superdrug and Boots. The product is currently on 3 for 2 in boots, but cost's £8.49 to purchase on its own. I thought this was the average price of a mascara and I didn't really mind paying this for it.
Using the Mascara
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I unscrewed the mascara and got ready to apply it to my lashes. I swept the brush over my lashes to ensure they got a good coat. The first thing I noticed that it didn't look like any coat of mascara had even gone onto mm lashes so I repeated the process. This didn't make much different either. I could tell I was going to need a few coats of this in order for it to look any good. The style of the applicator brush is very different to others and I feel as though it doesn't really coat the lashes very well in the actual mascara. After applying at least 3-4 coats to ensure that my lashes looked half decent I then repeated the process on the other eye. Normally I only need to apply 2 coats maximum with most mascara's to get good results. As I used an eyelash curler before applying the mascara my lashes did have a slight curl in them which made my lashes look much better. I have also used the mascara without using eyelash curlers and the mascara didn't give any volume or curl to my lashes. I looked in the mirror after applying the mascara and I could see any different in the length of my lashes and they didn't appear to look any longer than what they normally would. I went to work to see how the mascara would last throughout the day. The mascara stayed looking great all day and although I rubbed my eye a few times the mascara didn't flake or smudge which was impressive. I have quite sensitive eyes and the mascara didn't irritate them or make them feel dry any when during the day. I always use Simple Facial Wipes when removing mascara and with a few gentle rubs the mascara was easily removed.
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Although I planned on using this mascara for the night more than the day as the mascara doesn't make a huge different to my lashes I actually only wear this during the day for a more natural look. I was disappointed with this mascara as it didn't give my lashes any extra length and it didn't make them look any longer than what they normally would. If the mascara had given my lashes some slight volume then I would have rated it much higher. I wouldn't purchase this mascara again as this is just an average mascara and there are much cheaper one's that do a much better job than this did. The mascara was gentle and kind to my eyes which was good as I often find that some products can irritate my eyes and make them feel dry. The mascara lasted well throughout the day without flaking off or smudging. I will use the rest of the mascara so it's not wasted and I don't loose out on my money but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone to purchase.
(review also on ciao)
Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara / Waterproof / '