When CoverGirl Clump Crusher ($7 at drugstores) arrived, it had a high bias to surmount. Claiming to stave off clumps even after 30 strokes and create 200 percent more volume, this mascara is the latest addition to the iconic LashBlast line. Well, it works. The clump-crushing happens through the brush, which has closely spaced bristles that won't allow clumps to form. Lashes were perfectly separated, not spidery after about 35 strokes (and three dips into the tube). This formula is perfect for the mascara beginner who doesn't care to use special tricks to achieve lengthy and full lashes. Experts will love it, too.