I always use instant dry paper and have never had any problems with my Epsom C84 printer with compatable ink from Choice Stationery.
I shop around for paper and purchase special offers, eg. 2 for price of 1 etc. Currently using Kodak Ultima with no problems whatsoever.
I always set my printer setting to 'Photo' not 'Best Photo'. Just tried Best Photo which uses more ink and although the ink isn't puddled it is quite wet.
It seems your printer is using a lot of ink. try a different setting, even 'Text' setting. just tried this and although much less ink is used, quality of photo was good.