Worth it? Covergirl Clump Crusher

Covergirl Clump CrusherCovergirl Clump Crusher, $8

A while back, I managed to hit the coupon/sale/rebate lottery and get a pair of Covergirl mascaras for free (actually, I ended up making a tiny bit after the rebate). One of the two was a tube of cult-favorite Covergirl Clump Crusher. When this mascara launched several years ago, the response was passionate and rabid all at once. Who could blame people for being excited about a (purportedly) well-performing drugstore mascara?

But I never tried it until now. Back then, I was still trying to hold onto my love of bareMinerals Flawless Definition. Then, I found that L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black is a reasonable facsimile and aside from trying deluxe samples here and there, I never really looked back.


Although I like Clump Crusher overall, it isn’t free from criticisms. I find the packaging bulky and unnecessary; why is the tube such thick plastic? It reminds me of the oversized crayons they give todders who have yet to develop fine motor skills and dexterity. Aside from the ergonomics of it, it really takes up a LOT of room in a makeup bag. I’d really love this formula to come in a narrower tube.


As mascara wands go, I definitely prefer the shorter plastic bristles than the fluffier plush ones – and Clump Crusher delivers. Initially, I was offput by the curved wand, but I quickly learned how to work with it and in fact like it more than straight-bristled mascara wands. It’s a lot easier to reach the tiny inner lashes and fan out the outer ones with a contoured wand like this.

Formula & Wear

Neither too thick nor too thin and definitely NOT clumpy, Clump Crusher applies easily. One or two coats does the job admirably on curled lashes. I do not find that it flakes or misbehaves throughout the day. I can’t speak to how badly the non-waterproof runs with tears but it has survived rain without making me look like a racoon.

Furthermore, it removes easily with micellar water at the end of the day.

The Bottom Line

Although Telescopic Carbon Black still wins out as my main squeeze, Covergirl Clump Crusher is a fine stand-in when I can get it cheaper. I would happily recommend AND repurchase.