Maybelline New York

Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara

for $ 8.95
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The gimmick behind this mascara is that the formula includes 4mm-long synthetic fibers that adhere to lashes to create “instant extensions.” The problem with this concept is that ideally, the synthetic fibers should adhere to the ends of lashes in a lengthwise manner, but in use they adhere willy-nilly to lashes in all sorts of directions, creating lots of clumps in the process. Occasionally a fiber or two will adhere in place at the end of a lash, creating the intended lengthening effect, but that’s merely a matter of luck, not technique.

Fibers aside, this mascara’s performance leaves much to be desired, as its dry formula is prone to flaking and is stubborn to remove. The brush does have long bristles that allow for good coverage of lashes, but the overall results are unpredictable and lackluster. This is one to skip!


  • Long bristles coat lashes evenly.

  • The fiber extensions gimmick doesn’t work as intended.
  • Clumps and flakes easily.
  • Stubborn to remove.
  • Overall performance is unpredictable and lackluster.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Maybelline New York At-A-Glance

Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.

Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.

Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.

Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.

Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.

For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.

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