For the past two years I’ve had a terrible mirror situation. My bathroom mirror is no good for applying makeup, so I was relying on a small mirror in my room to do my makeup. After my $5 CVS mirror broke (twice), I realized it was time to get a real makeup mirror.
My criteria for a mirror is that it has to light up well, be aesthetically pleasing but also functional, and have some form of magnification. Here are the four best mirrors that I've tried, along with some notes on their pros and cons.
Sephora Collection Bright Up Close LED Makeup Mirror, $26
This mirror is great if you want something portable, or if you just don’t have a lot of counter space. It’s small (about six inches in diameter) and lightweight. It runs on batteries, so no worries about plugging it in, and it has suction cups on the back so you can attach it to a window, mirror, or shower wall. You could even keep it in your car.
I like to keep it on my bedroom window so that I can use natural light in addition to the LED lighting. The LED lighting on its own is enough that you could do your makeup in the dark, and the mirror is just big enough to see your entire face. It has 5x magnification, which is just the right amount of detail (but not too much, if you know what I mean). I will definitely be bringing this mirror in my bag whenever I go on a trip.
Jerdon LED 5x Lighted Mirror, $30
This mirror is best for those who want the brightest mirror possible. Seriously, the lights were so bright they startled me when I first turned the mirror on. I could do my makeup in a pitch-black room with this mirror.
It has a normal side and a 5x magnified side. You can plug it in or use batteries. It takes up a lot of space, but if you need an extremely bright mirror, this one is your best bet.
Conair Vine LED Lighted 1x/10x Mirror, $100
This mirror has a curved base that makes it extremely aesthetically pleasing. It is on the large side, though, so keep that in mind if you don’t have a lot of space.
The lighting has three touch-activated settings. I usually keep it on the highest setting.
Be careful to exercise caution with the 10x magnification flip-side. It’s great for tweezing hairs and seeing that you did not clean off all of your makeup. On the other hand, it can make it way too easy to pick at your face. I only use the magnified side when I really need it. It is more than adequate for making sure you’ve blended properly.
If you like the sound of this mirror but it’s out of your budget, Conair makes a lot of other lighted makeup mirrors at different price points.
Simplehuman 6.5” Sensor Mirror , $160
If you’re willing to spend a little more, you can’t go wrong with a Simplehuman mirror. This one is just the right size for those with less counter space; it’s so light you could even pack it in your suitcase.
It has a minimal design, and the mirror swivels all the way up and around to the other side of the stand so you can adjust it to your liking. The mirror has 7x magnification that lets you see every detail of your face while doing makeup or tweezing hairs. Conveniently, it doesn’t need to be plugged in or kept going with batteries; one charge lasts for five weeks.
Finally, it’s sensor activated, so it turns off when you walk away and it switches on when you sit down in front of it. Pretty nifty.
- Do you use a lighted makeup mirror?
- Do you also spend way too much time in front of it analyzing the state of your pores?
Photos by Joshua Kirby