When it comes to mascara, we’re all used to the kind in the plastic tube that slowly hardens up over time. Soon enough we’re desperately brushing on gritty, clumpy mascara and planning our next trip to the drugstore.

But what if it didn’t have to be that way? Good news, my friends: Cake mascara is the answer. It’s more sanitary than tube mascara, because you wash the brush every time, and clumps far less for the same reason. You can fly with it, since it has no liquid until you use it, and its easy to blend just with water … although you may also add a product such as Lock & Seal for extra smudge-proof protection.

And now without further ado, here are five cake mascaras to try today.

Bésame Cosmetics

This brown cake mascara not only goes on smoothly, it looks super natural. Since the majority of us actually have dark brown, not black, eyelashes, it mimics a no-makeup effect … only with longer, darker lashes, of course!

Mascara Kit

La Femme Pro

Available in both black and brown, this brand of mascara is lengthening, fast-drying and holds curl well. If you don’t like the brushes it comes with, use a brow groomer.

Longcils Boncza

In a cute minty green case with a mirrored inside, this classic cake mascara will make you feel like a Bond girl. The brush supplied provides a nice, even coating, but again, you can always use your own.

Mascara Cake Kit

Keeping It Natural Vegan Mascara

If you want to be as healthy and kind to your body as possible, you might try a vegan cake mascara from Keeping It Natural.

Cosplay Supplies

For a dark, dramatic effect, you’ll want cake mascara from CosplaySupplies. Not only does it do its job, its clever little case reminds you of the theater (pronounced thee-ah-tah, of course!).

Next time you’re shopping for mascara, consider this alternate route to beautiful, sleek, clump-free lashes.