I purchased Volume Exact in the shade very black. Like with Lash Exact, Volume Exact does a very nice job of lengthening without clumping. The brush bristles are flexible, and although compact, tend to stay clean and clump free. The mascara provided lots of length, and a bit more thickening than Lash Exact. I also noted a bit of curl from this mascara, which I don't remember noting so much with Lash Exact. This is good stuff. Chalk up another win for Cover Girl in the mascara department!