If you like very lightweight looks on your lashes, this might be perfect for you. Otherwise, you're going to have to work it and work it. And work it some more. Eventually, you can build up elegant length and definition. What you won't get, unless you go beyond beyond, is much volume. So, if clumpiness scares you, fear not. You can definitely avoid clumps. I'm on the fence about this volume-wise. I have worked with other mascaras that don't take so much work to give a great effect with just a couple of coats.