This mascara as a small brush that has shorter combs on it. It is designed to allow you to get all your lashes and also to reach and cover all your lashes. I find that the formula dries pretty fast, which by then would create clumps. I also find that if you apply 2-3 coats of this alone, it tends to clump and flake off during the day. It not smudge proof so during the day as you wear this some of it will get on the bottom of your eye. This mascara does give you volume, but if you have really short and sparse lashes it won't give you the best results. I wouldn't recommend this product. There are better mascaras out there that can give the a good amount of volume.