Review: Maybelline Illegal Length

I haven’t bought a mascara from Maybelline in a long while, but I seem to be on a mascara shopathon at the moment as I have loads!

This week’s review is on Maybelline’s Illegal Length mascara which I bought in Blackest Black.

One thing I like about Maybelline’s mascara is that they all come in packages, meaning nobody has opened it and messed around with it before you have.

This is always a massive bonus as who wants a mascara that someone else has put on their eyes?! Sharing a mascara wand shares more bacteria than sharing a toothbrush does, always remember that!

I firstly was drawn to the sleek and super cool curvy packaging, I have plenty of curves myself and this looks really cool as it still stands up and is a welcome break from the bog standard casing.

I also love pink so go Maybelline for stamping the name on with a girl’s favourite colour!

I’ve had this since it came out and have been wearing it for the past few weeks.

My eyelashes if you haven’t read a post from me before are luckily very long, however they’re poker straight and won’t curl whatever you do with them.

I find lengthening and volumising mascaras work best as I never have any joy with curling ones, if you have any suggestions feel free to comment below with them as I’m always up for trying new ones!

What I didn’t realise about this mascara was that it contains fibres, silly I know, I obviously bought it purely based on the name and the packaging which I’m sure we’ve all probably done before.

So the fibres were a surprise for me however they were also a bit hit and miss.

I SWEAR some of the fibres in mine were actual bits of fluff!

I actually pulled them off the mascara brush and they were centimetres long not millimetres, what is that about?!

If you look closely you can see on the brush that some of the fibres are rather large, and as I wear contact lenses this isn’t normally the kind of mascara I go for.

Having said that, I did quite like it as a day to day mascara, it did increase the length of my lashes and thicken them out a bit with the fibres but it wasn’t anything that I would 100% rave over and I’d probably want something with more impact for going out in the night.

Overall I liked the packaging, the name and the price but felt this was you average day to day mascara that didn’t live up to it’s name, my lashes were in no way illegal in length!

What mascaras do you use? Are there any new ones out that I should try?

L xxx


  1. Beauty Bird
    June 14, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    Have you tried Benefit They're Real? It really is worth the price and lives up to the hype. I have long but flat lashes too and it keeps the curl all day x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      June 16, 2012 / 2:32 am

      Ooh you know, now you mention it somebody told me about this and I did mean to check it out! If you have similar lashes then I need it, shame! Thank you 😉 x

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