(Last Updated On: May 3, 2018)

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.

Changelog of Last 3 Updates
  • May 3, 2018 – Added section – Explained ‘non transfer mascara’ in the vaue section.
  • May 3, 2018 – Added section – How to make mascara not clump in the value section.
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  • April 21, 2018 – Article written covering the best 3 non clumpy mascaras. The Premium Organic Mascaral from Naturally Rooted was judged the best of them all.
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01. Premium Organic Mascara, Black – 100% Natural from Naturally Rooted Review

With a slightly thick consistency this mascara is probably not creamy like the mascara you use currently.

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.

SolventWater
ConditioningOrganic 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 controllingBeeswax, Organic Carnauba Wax
EmollientBeeswax, Organic Sunflower Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Lecithin
HumectantGlycerol
Film formingOrganic Carnauba Wax
EmulsifierStearic Acid, Organic Lecithin, Shellac
BulkingRice Powder
AbsorbentRice Powder
Hair fixerShellac
AntioxidantVitamin E
BufferSodium Hydroxide
PreservativeCaprylyl Glycol

* Origanum vulgare.

Directions

  • 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.

What I Liked

Transfers easily to lashes.

Lightweight and buildable.

Does not cause irritation or burning.

Should not smudge easily.

Does not clump.

Makes your lashes look long and lustrous.

What I Didn’t Like

The texture is a little drier than many other mascaras.

It may dry out a little too quickly.

May flake a little, but not much.

02. Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara Review

One good feature about this mascara is you can actually choose between a natural look and a fully blossomed look, perhaps even rivalling falsies.

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.

SolventWater
CleansingPEG-200 Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Film formingStyrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Carnauba Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer
OpacifyingStyrene/Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Palmitic Acid, Silica
Viscosity controllingBeeswax, Paraffin, Carnauba Wax, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Silica
EmollientBeeswax, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol
HumectantButylene Glycol
EmulsifierStearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Skin conditioningEthylenediamine/ Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitamin E*
AbsorbentLithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Silica
Hair conditioningDimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol
BufferAminomethyl Propanediol
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate
AntioxidantVitamin E*
ChelatingDisodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA
BindingPolyurethane-35

* Tocopheryl Acetate.

Directions

  • 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.

What I Liked

 The product transfers smoothly onto your lashes.

 You can get a natural but polished look with a single coat of mascara. With additional coats you can get more lustrous lashes.

 Well pigmented; even a single coat gives you a nice shade.

 The traditional brush is good for freeing up clumps.

 No flaking.

 For dry to normal skin no smudging either.

What I Didn’t Like

You may face some smudging if your skin is oily.

Not suitable for volumizing.

Takes some time to dry upon application.

Removal takes some time.

03. Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara Review

The best thing about this mascara is its texture. It’s light but not watery.

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.

SolventAqua (Water)
Viscosity controllingParaffin, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia senegal Gum, Polyester-5, Hexylene Glycol
BindingPolyurethane-35
EmollientBeeswax, Isosteareth-200 Linoleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate
EmulsifyingSteareth-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hexylene Glycol
Film formingCarnauba Wax, Polyester-5
CleansingPotassium Cetyl Phosphate, PEG-26-PPG-30 Phosphate
Hair conditioningpro-Vitamin B5*, Phytantriol, Caprylyl Glycol
Humectantpro-Vitamin B5*, Glycerin
Skin conditioningVitamin E**, Phytantriol, Cotton****, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol
AntioxidantVitamin E**, Vitamin C***
AntifoamingSimethicone
Texture enhancerHydroxyethylcellulose
ChelatingTrisodium EDTA
PreservativePhenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

* Panthenol.

** Tocopheryl Acetate.

*** As Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.

**** Gossypium herbacuem. Presumably the oil of cotton seeds is used.

Directions

  • 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 I Liked

 Not heavy, not light, just about right texture.

 Excess product should not cling to the wand when you bring it out.

 Applies smoothly.

 Dries quickly. Lightweight on the lashes. Buildable.

 Should not smudge or flake within 6-8 hours.

 Does not clump.

 Easily removed.

What I Didn’t Like

 It can provide only modest enhancements in length and volume.

May start to smudge and/or flake a bit after 6-8 hours. Many users wear mascara well beyond 6-8 hours.

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.

A simple mascara hack

Who doesn’t want less to be more?

Who doesn’t want their mascara to last longer, even if it is for the teensiest bit?

Here’s a simpe hack – when you’re applying mascara, twist the wand in and out of the tube instead of pumping it. Click To TweetThat reduces air movement in and out of the tube, extending shelf life.

An important application tip

So, you’re applying mascara in a hurry and while you’re doing your bottom lashes, some mascara gets onto your skin.

Either you carry on with the little smears or you bustle around for Q Tips and a cleanser to get them off.

You can avoid that with a simple tip.

Get a piece of paper and hold it just below your lash line against your skin. There, the paper will guard your skin from being smeared with mascara.

The deal with non transfer mascara

You have no doubt noticed we kept referring to mascara ‘transferring easily’ onto your lashes.

Yet on beauty blogs, reddit forums and so on you may have encountered discussions about ‘non-transfer mascara’.

Which may make you think – is mascara supposed to transfer easily or not?

Well, yes and no.

It depends on the context.

When you’re applying mascara, it should transfer easily onto the lashes.

However while you’re wearing the mascara it should not transfer, that is, smear, onto your eyelids or hands when you blink and so on.

How to make mascara not clump

First thing you should remember (and we’ve stressed this in the reviews as well)

Most of the time clumping occurs due to excess product accumulated on your wand. So

  • When applying scrape the wand against the rim of the mascara tube/a tissue paper to get the excess product off
  • Occasionally wash the wand with some eye drops or the brush shampoo from Eco Tools to remove product that may have been collecting on it with time.

Sometimes however the reason for clumping may be that your mascara has dried up.

In that case, add a few drops of eye drops to your mascara and swirl around with your wand.

Your mascara is nice and creamy and clumping should not be a problem anymore.

Another trick you can adopt while applying is to gently wiggle the wand (move it back and forth sideways) to free up clumps directly.

You can have a lot of fun trying out these clump free mascaras but you should start with the first one

Premium Organic Mascara, Black – 100% Natural from Naturally Rooted

It’s all-natural.

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.

We hope you enjoy trying out the various non clumping mascaras as you seek your HG non clumpy mascara.

If you feel we’ve missed a non clumping mascara that should have been on our list of the top 3, drop a comment.

Good suggestions may get a shout-out on Twitter and/or Facebook.

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