Clumpy or spider-like mascara is one of the side effects of using a volumizing mascara, but it turns out, they don’t actually have to be. There are few types of mascara formulas—and you usually tend to have a preference for a certain type of formula: lengthening, volumizing, waterproof, curling, and lash defining. If you’re already blessed with long, Bambi-like lashes naturally, my guess is that you tend to opt for a volumizing mascara. These thickening mascaras bulk up fine and sparse lashes, giving you a fluttery, refined, and ultra-full 4D look.

Of course, because volume-boosting mascaras often come with the downside of crustiness and clumpiness, finding a formula that dries down and doesn’t pill up upon hitting your lashline is essential (unless you’re specifically seeking out that editorial, runway-inspired look). Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for the chunky, clotted effect to get the dramatic volume you’re after. In fact, there are plenty of affordable multitasking formulas that not only thicken but also lengthen divide and separate like a charm. Ahead, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to try for yourself.

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