Nigella Lawson loves this surprising budget mascara

nigella lawson reveals favourite budget mascara
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When it comes to mascara, more is always better.

More length, more definition, more volume.

And usually to get more out of our mascara we tend to lean towards higher-end, more expensive products that come with a whole load of promises to go with them.

But those promises don’t always mean a better product - and sometimes more affordable options can actually be better.

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And chef Nigella Lawson has revealed that over more expensive products, she actually loves one budget mascara.

In a column for The Sunday Times Style magazine, the 59-year-old opened up on her go-to beauty products, revealing that her favourite mascara is only £3.30!

nigella lawson reveals favourite budget mascara

"In my experience, cheaper mascaras tend to be better than expensive ones," wrote Nigella, "and I have come to learn that the mascara that teenage girls use (look at them, they are serious about lashwork) is the best mascara."

She then revealed that she lives by theEssence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara, which is just £3.30 from Wilko.

"This is not subtle,’ she said. "But what it gives you is long, long lashes and, seemingly, many more of them. (I’ve never tried it without using a lash-curler first, but why would you?)".

nigella lawson reveals favourite budget mascara

"It’s not for lower lashes," she added, "but it doesn’t smudge or flake, and I wouldn’t be without it."

The dramatic mascara is unfortunately currently sold out on the retailer’s website, but you may be able to find it in your local store.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on this holy grail, it is also available on Amazon UK, but for a higher price of £9.29.

Still a good price for an all-rounder mascara!

nigella lawson reveals favourite budget mascara

The TV chef also opened up on her favourite foundation, revealing that she opts for IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination Cream.

The cult CC cream uses colour correcting pigments to brighten your complexion and trusty hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated, rather than drying out like a typical base.

nigella lawson reveals favourite budget mascara

Apply with the matching dual sided Complexion Perfection Brush for an airbrushed look.

‘You will have the complexion of one of those lucky people who doesn’t need to wear make-up.’

If it gives us flawless skin like Nigella, we're in!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

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