“Way back when” in my high school days, one of my girl friends used old fashioned cake mascara. It was applied with a brush wand and worked wonderfully. Of course, she had beautiful eyes to begin with; but the cake mascara seemed much smoother with no clumps. Very beautiful and soft looking. Unlike my tar-based tube mascara—used back then and now.
I think I finally found an equivalent cake mascara on Etsy. Made with vegan products of soy wax, oxide and other natural ingredients. The cute little tin container can be re-used. It is unclear whether I can return the empty tin to the maker for refilling, but worth pursuing. If not, maybe I can learn to make my own?