Best Clump-Free Mascaras

I’ve been on a bit of a mascara kick lately… my lashes have gotten fairly short ever since I stopped using GrandeLash, and I’ve been trying to find the best mascara that ticks all the boxes for me: gives me long, whispy lashes with a bit of volume, doesn’t clump, holds a curl, and is easy to remove. After testing many mascaras over the last few months, I’ve found a lot of amazing formulas that are virtually clump free!


1. It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara

Inspired by DryBar, this mascara is relatively new in the makeup world (released last year) and I haven’t heard much hype about it. I decided to use my Rouge points to get a trial size of it and I love it! It has a thicker brush, which made me think it might be clumpy, but it actually delivers just the right amount of volume and length without being clumpy. I rarely find myself needing to brush out my lashes after applying it like I do with some clumpy formulas. This mascara is amazing for a whispy look. I also love that it’s not too wet (like Too Faced Better Than Sex or L’Oreal Lash Paradise) which makes it easy to work with.


2. Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

This mascara claims to have rebuilding and strengthening benefits for the lashes, and while I can’t say my lashes have gotten any stronger or longer since I started using it, it certainly can’t hurt! It comes in a beautiful wooden tube and has a pretty standard-looking wand, but it’s just the right size to make application a breeze. The formula isn’t too wet or too dry, and it gives me both length and volume. It’s definitely buildable, but sometimes I’ll coat it with some of the Lash Blowout mascara to make my lashes stand out even more.


3. Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

This has been a favorite of mine since it launched. I’ve gone through at least 5 tubes. It’s a great mascara that holds up through all activities but is easily removed with warm water. It’s not quite a tubing mascara, but is similar to one – you can see the flakes/tubes of mascara coming off when washing your face with warm water. I like that it does a decent job of holding a curl on my lashes. It doesn’t offer much volume, but rather makes your lashes look like the best version of themselves (something that the Glossier brand prides itself on). I like it on its own for more natural days or topped with a more volumizing mascara for going out. It also does a great job after applying a volumizing mascara to help separate the lashes. Get 10% off your Glossier order by shopping my link here!


4. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Before discovering Lash Slick, I loved Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara. It has a similar slender rubber brush that does a great job of coating each lash and lifting the lashes. It’s almost impossible to get clumps with a brush like this. This mascara was what I used when I finally stopped wearing waterproof mascara – it was the first non-waterproof mascara that held my lashes up just enough that they were visible. It’s a great option from Sephora, and a favorite of many for good reason!

Now, for drugstore options…


5. Maybelline Full ‘N Soft 

I’ve only ever used the waterproof version of this, so I can’t speak to how the washable formula performs, but this mascara is great. I wore it for years throughout high school and college. It has a fat brush but somehow manages to remain clump-free. It’s a drier formula, which I like. Plus, you really can’t beat the price.


6. L’Oreal Bambi Eye Mascara

This is a new mascara on the scene, and as soon as I first heard about it I was intrigued. Everyone wants that doe-eyed effect from mascara, and with this being aptly named the Bambi Eye Mascara, I thought this would do the trick. This is an excellent mascara! It doesn’t clump whatsoever, and I love how the packaging makes it easy to control. I think L’Oreal makes some of the best mascaras on the market, and this is no exception. I also really love L’Oreal’s Telescopic Mascara for clump-free length and their Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara for relatively clump-free volume.


7. Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara

I picked this up about two weeks ago after I mistakenly left my ENTIRE MAKEUP AND SKINCARE BAG at home when I was heading to Vermont to ski for the weekend. I know, talk about a nightmare. I knew I needed something (I look bad enough when I ski WITH makeup) and my only option was a Walgreens in town. This mascara is pretty decent! It’s very similar to Benefit Roller Lash because of its curved rubber wand. It disperses product evenly and leaves absolutely no clumps.

What’s your favorite mascara? Let me know in the comments!




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