You know how I’m always looking for my next hit of lash crack, right? For a lash lengthening, volumizing velociraptor capable of fast-tracking me to drag queen lash nirvana? Well, when I heard tell of a new “illegal” mascara from Maybelline — that’s actually its name, Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara ($8.95) — I desperately wanted to give it a whirl.
It’s new for spring 2012 and just arrived this month in drugstores. It comes in three non-waterproof shades (Blackest Black, Very Black and Brownish Black) and two waterproof ones (Blackest Black and Very Black). All of them utilize some fancy talk Maybelline calls “fiber-extension technology” to promise longer-looking, extended lashes that aren’t supposed to flake.

Before (top) and after two coats of Illegal Length Mascara (bottom)

I’ve been wearing Blackest Black, one of the non-waterproof shades, for the past week, and I’d say I’m…partially sold. The price is right, the formula doesn’t seem to smudge or flake (YAY!), and it’s a cinch to remove, but I don’t think it does a great deal to make my lashes look longer.
I do see a little extra length there, maybe a millimeter or two, but the difference is not as dramatic as my go-to lash lengthener of the day, Urban Decay love Cannonball.
On top of its lukewarm results, I wouldn’t mind a little better hold for lash curls…
PRICE: $8.95 each

AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,