Mascara is one of the most important parts of your makeup regimen.
If eyeliner projects your presence mascara provides eyeliner with a strong base from which to project.
But that can only work if you get the good stuff.
To help you select the good stuff and avoid getting your lashes in an unsightly chunk we at Unsullyd reviewed over 20 popular mascaras to round up the 3 best non clumpy mascaras.
At A Glance: The Best Non Clumping Mascaras
Premium Organic Mascara, Black – 100% Natural from Naturally Rooted is a good natural mascara can make your lashes look lustrous and does not clump.
Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara can yield both a natural or a dramatic look and does not flake or clump.
Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara does not cling excessively to your brush or go onto your lashes in chunks.
However it transfers onto lashes quite smoothly and evenly without forming goopy chunks.
After appyling a coat though you need to give it some time, say 30 seconds, to dry.
The mascara is lightweight and does not weigh down on your lashes.
It dries fairly quickly and is lightweight on your skin – thus it’s buildable, you can add coats to work to the look you want.
It doesn’t cause irritation or burning making it a good fit for you if you have sensitive skin and/or eyes.
Will it give you racoon eyes (i.e. will it smudge) or streak down your cheeks?
We aren’t too sure how it will perform through a gym workout or a swim but it holds good for going to work, to the mall or out with friends. And it should hold under humid conditions.
If your skin is very oily, you may experience some smudging. Not enough to cause smudging and you can salvage the situation with Q Tips and coconut oil.
It may flake a little bit but not much.
The mascara may keep clumping at the end of your brush. It’s a bit annoying but doesn’t mean the mascara is defective.
Now the big question – does it clump?
No, you enjoy a clump-free wear all day.
As of now, this mascara is available in only one shade – this one, Black. The shade could possibly have been darker.
Of course, color is a highly subjective subject but we feel you’ll need two coats to get a nice black tone on your lashes.
Vitamin E is a mighty good thing to have in a mascara since there’s evidence it helps lengthen lashes.
The main ingredients feature in the table below.
|Conditioning||Organic Chamomile, Rice Powder, Vitamin E, Oregano* Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Bark Extract, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Organic Lavender Flower, Organic Goldenseal Root Extract, Organic Lemon Peel, Caprylyl Glycol|
|Viscosity controlling||Beeswax, Organic Carnauba Wax|
|Emollient||Beeswax, Organic Sunflower Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Lecithin|
|Film forming||Organic Carnauba Wax|
|Emulsifier||Stearic Acid, Organic Lecithin, Shellac|
* Origanum vulgare.
- Twist (we’ll explain later why not push) the wand out of the tube. Place it at the base of your lashes and sweep up/down (depending on whether you’re doing the top or bottom lashes).
- Given the shade of the mascara, we feel two coats will be necessary to get a nice black tone on your lashes.
- A wash with warm water and soap may be enough to remove it. If that doesn’t work try coconut oil or micellar water and cotton wipes.
- If you find the mascara clumping on the brush, scrape the clumped bit on the rim of the tube and twist (why twist and not just push is explained below) the wand in and out a few times.
We’ve explained in the directions how to switch between the two looks.
The texture is a bit on the thinner side, not ‘creamy’ like many other mascaras.
That thinner texture is probably why you can get a natural look with this mascara.
On the other hand, the thinner/’wetter’ texture may not gel with some users.
Despite the thinner texture it is well-pigmented. That means you can expect a basic shade on your lashes with a single coat; you won’t have to pile on layers just to get a shade.
The brush has a traditional design and has not-very-long plastic bristles which is good for reducing clumping.
Application is no struggle; the mascara should transfer onto your lashes quite easily.
Upon application however you should give it time to dry. Here you will need to keep patient.
If you rush to put on the next coat or get on with your routine, chances are you’ll end up causing the mascara to become uneven and chunk.
Coming to the question of staying power, this mascara doesn’t flake.
Depending on your skin type (that is, if your skin is oily) you may face some smudging but we think Q Tips and some coconut oil should fix that.
Now on to the big question – does this mascara clump?
Clumping will not be a problem you encounter with this mascara provided
- You don’t get excessive product on the wand while applying. If you think you’re facing this issue try scraping the wand along the rim of the tube to dump excess mascara before you apply.
- The mascara hasn’t become dry. If you think it has, roll it between your palms to warm it up.
- You give the mascara time to dry upon application.
It’s available in 3 colors – Blackest Black, Brownish Black and Very Black.
The main ingredients feature in the table below.
|Cleansing||PEG-200 Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate|
|Film forming||Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Carnauba Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer|
|Opacifying||Styrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Silica|
|Viscosity controlling||Beeswax, Paraffin, Carnauba Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Silica|
|Emollient||Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol|
|Emulsifier||Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate|
|Skin conditioning||Ethylenediamine/ Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitamin E*|
|Absorbent||Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Silica|
|Hair conditioning||Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol|
|Preservative||Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate|
|Chelating||Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA|
* Tocopheryl Acetate.
- The wand has a traditional design whose forte is freeing up clumps. If you want a lot of curl, you may consider using a curved wand.
- Twist (why twist and not pull is explained later) the wand out, place it as close to the lash line as you can and sweep upwards.
- If you find the mascara clumping a little while applying, try rubbing the tube between your palms to warm it up a bit.
- You will need to give each coat up to 2 minutes to dry.
- If you want a natural look, stick with one coat. If you want your lashes popping, go for more.
- It may be removed only with soap and warm water. Any eye makeup remover will do for sure.
- However removing will take time. You need to scrub patiently. If you get impatient and try to pull the mascara off, chances are your entire lashes will get pulled out.
With heavier (in other words ‘creamy’) mascaras a common issue is that excess product may stick to the wand, especially at the end.
If you don’t scrape that off, the mascara may chunk up on your lashes.
That doesn’t happen with this mascara. The wand comes out without excess product sticking to it and application is smooth.
The wand has a big and slowly tapering handle which may provide a better grip than cylindrical or thin ones.
It dries quickly on application. And it’s lightweight. And I think you know what that means – it’s buildable.
Being buildable it can enhance length and volume of your lashes.
However in our opinion it can offer modest enhancements. If you have normal or large lashes, this will do the job. However those with sparse lashes may need to keep looking.
You can expect a issue-free (that is more or less no smudging or flaking) for, say, 6-8 hours.
Now the key question – does it clump?
No it doesn’t.
Plus the brush – traditional design with plastic bristles, is good for freeing up any clumps that may have formed (pretty unlikely though).
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is known for suppressing excess oil secretion by the skin.
The main ingredients feature in the table below.
|Viscosity controlling||Paraffin, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia senegal Gum, Polyester-5, Hexylene Glycol|
|Emollient||Beeswax, Isosteareth-200 Linoleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate|
|Emulsifying||Steareth-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol|
|Film forming||Carnauba Wax, Polyester-5|
|Cleansing||Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-26-PPG-30 Phosphate|
|Hair conditioning||pro-Vitamin B5*, Phytantriol, Caprylyl Glycol|
|Humectant||pro-Vitamin B5*, Glycerin|
|Skin conditioning||Vitamin E**, Phytantriol, Cotton****, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol|
|Antioxidant||Vitamin E**, Vitamin C***|
|Preservative||Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol|
** Tocopheryl Acetate.
*** As Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.
**** Gossypium herbacuem. Presumably the oil of cotton seeds is used.
- Twist (why twist and not pull will be explained below) out the wand. We don’t expect any excess product lumped at the end so just place it at the base of your lashes and sweep upwards.
- The traditional design of the wand is good for freeing up clumps. Wiggle the wand across your lashes to de-clump.
- If you want curls you may consider using a curved wand.
- It should dry within 30 seconds of application. After that you can apply another coat if you want.
- Removal is pretty easy. Warm water may be enough. If it isn’t, try micellar water or any good eye makeup remover.
What did I look for?
There’s no thumb rule here, no particular kind of ingredient or anything that someone could check out before choosing the mascara.
However if clumps are really your problem, try to get a traditional straight brush/wand (as opposed to curved, cone, ball which are other brush/wand designs). The straight ones are good at freeing up any clumps that may form.
Now let’s try to understand some of the properties the ingredients have.
A hair fixer helps your lashes remain in shape by stopping them from absorbing moisture.
A film former keeps your lashes/skin smooth and soft by forming a thin film on them.
Opacifying ingredients make the makeup more opaque. They are often used to hide blemishes.
A binder holds various ingredients together.
A chelating agent binds metal ions to prevent contamination.
Conditioners (skin and hair), emollients and humectants keep your skin lubricated and soft.
Texture enhancers more often than not enhance the texture of the mascara rather than your skin.
You can have a lot of fun trying out these clump free mascaras but you should start with the first one
The consistency is enjoyably thick.
It transfers smoothly onto your lashes without chunking up.
Dries within 30 seconds of application and is lightweight on your lashes – therefore you can build layers.
It’s mild and good for users with sensitive skin and/or eyes.
Good staying power in everyday environments like going to work or to the mall.
It can withstand some humidity.
Does not clump.