Why I think Magnifying Makeup Mirrors Suck!

Magnifying Makeup Mirrors Suck!

Magnifying makeup mirrors are extremely handy for precise makeup application and personal grooming tasks. But if you don’t already own one and are considering getting one for yourself, you might want to read this first.

I’m going to share with you some examples of these preposterous beasts and why I think they suck. 

Why I think Magnifying Makeup Mirrors suck!

Why I think Magnifying Makeup Mirrors suck!

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What are Magnifying Makeup Mirrors?

Magnifying makeup mirrors are basically small mirrors that are just large enough for your face.

They allow you to see yourself close up for easier precision of applying makeup and performing personal grooming tasks.

There are several different kinds available and they typically range from 5x magnification all the way up to 20x! *Shudders*

Types of Magnifying Makeup Mirrors


Stationary Magnifying Makeup Mirrors

Stationary Magnifying Makeup Mirrors a.k.a. Vanity Mirrors sit on your counter.

They are quite decorative and typically swivel.

They also often have 2 different sides, each with their own magnification level. Some even have electric or battery operated lights.

My husband actually keeps one on the nightstand so that he can watch TV while laying in bed! Granted the TV shows are backwards, but he think’s it’s cool.  He says it makes watching old reruns of Seinfeld (that he’s only seen like a million times) more exciting.

Of course, that’s not exactly what these mirrors are intended for, but he thinks it’s ingenious. You GO, dear!

This Conair Oval Magnifying Makeup Mirror even has an electric light. It's so pretty too!

This Conair Oval Magnifying Makeup Mirror in Oil Rubbed Bronze swivels and even has an electric light. It’s so pretty on your counter. Sells for around $29.99 on Amazon.

Touch Light Vanity Magnifying Makeup Mirror

Feel like a movie star with this glamorous vanity mirror from FLYMEI®. It features little LED lights and even comes with a removable 10x puck mirror too! Sells for around $32 on Amazon.

Simple Human Magnifying Makeup Mirrors

Talk about fancy! This mirror from Simplehuman has a motion-activated sensor and is USB rechargeable. You can even make the post higher or lower. It also comes with its own carrying case. Sells for a pretty price of around $129 on Amazon.

Wall-mount Magnifying Makeup Mirrors

These are just like their stationary sisters, except they mount on a vertical surface.

This is super convenient for those of us who stand at the bathroom counter to do our makeup and grooming.

There are even some with suction cups to hold the mirror in place, which makes it easy to take with you travelling and doesn’t make any holes in the wall.

But be prepared to clean off those little rings on your mirror when you take them off.

Excelvan Wall Mount Magnifying Makeup Mirror

This magnifying makeup mirror from Excelvan features a standard mirror on one side and a 10x magnification mirror on the other. It has a 12″ extension and is fog free. Sells on Amazon for around $36.

Fogless Shower Mirror with Razor Hook

Fogless Shower Mirror with Razor Hook from ProBeautify is perfect for shaving in the shower. Give it to your man to keep his dirty whiskers out of the sink! Only $20 on Amazon

Compact and Hand-Held

You may be used to having a compact mirror that comes with your pressed powder. But they probably don’t provide the magnification of these little babies.

These magnifying makeup mirrors are small but pack a big punch. If you are into that sort of thing.

Floxite LED Lighted Travel Mirror

This Floxite LED Lighted Travel Mirror is compact and folds away for easy travelling. Has 10x magnification in this little mirror. Available for $27 on Amazon.

ClassZ Compact Mirror By StudioZONE

This purse size ClassZ Compact Mirror By StudioZONE has 2 mirror options and can be held in your hand or table. And it’s pretty affordable at around $10 on Amazon.

The Mirror that Changed My Life

I am getting older and my eyesight is starting to wane.

The lighting in my bathroom is not all that great so I often leave my house thinking I’m looking pretty fly (for a white girl), but then I get to work and realize that half of my makeup is mucked up.

I had the chance to try out this magnifying mirror for review, I thought this would be something that I could definitely use in my life.

Mirror On a Rope Magnifying Makeup Mirrors

This Mirror On a Rope 7x Magnifying Makeup Mirror forever changed me!

This Light Up Magnifying Makeup Mirror is from a company called Mirror on a Rope and it features 7x magnification.

It requires 3 triple A batteries (not included) and can mount on a flat, smooth vertical or horizontal surface.

The suction mount is very strong. You just place it on the surface you want to mount it to and twist the dial. That sucker isn’t going anywhere!

I found that it sticks best to my marble bathroom counter and on the mirror or glass shower.

Mirror On A Rope Lighted Magnification Mirror

Here is the Mirror On A Rope Brand 7x Lighted Magnification Mirror in all it’s glory. If you want one, it sells for around $28 on Amazon.

The swivel action is also really nice. You can angle it in practically any direction so whether you have it straight up on the counter or hanging on a vertical service, you can just tilt the mirror to the direction you need it to go.

And when you are ready to take it with you, just twist the base and then pull up the tab on the suction cup and it should pop right off.

I also like that it’s square instead of round like most magnifying mirrors. It looks very contemporary.

Little did I know, that this one little magnifying makeup mirror would forever change the way I see myself…

Magnifying Makeup Mirrors Suck!!!

When I first looked at myself in it, the mirror was so concave and it looked like a fun house. I was appearing upside down at first glance.

But then I got in a little closer and turned on the light.

AHHHHHH!!!! OMG!!! And there was my face all blown up – in ways I’ve never seen before.

I discovered that my pores are the size of dimes, and I’m growing a mustache AND a beard. WTH!? WHY DID I GET THIS FREAKING MIRROR???

Light up Magnifying Mirror Review from Mirror on a Rope

Watch this video on YouTube.

After the initial shock of seeing every line, hair, and freckle on my face, I realized that this mirror is actually pretty great!

I can actually see how badly I’m applying my makeup and what I need to do to fix it.

I can actually see that I need to start plucking (or in my case, shaving).

I can actually see that I need to take better care of my skin and get a face lift.

I use this mirror every day and I can feel confident that I’m not going to leave the house looking like a clown – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Actually, that’s a lie. I hate clowns. They are scary. And I certainly don’t want to look like a clown (or a bearded lady).

With this mirror, I can see exactly where I am applying my makeup and where I need to pluck. I never knew how much I needed this mirror.

*Tip! As an added bonus, this mirror is great for adding extra light to YouTube videos. I just prop it on my counter, swivel it towards my face, and turn on the light. It’s out of filming range, but adds just a little extra lighting right where I need it.

Ok, you got me! Magnifying Makeup Mirrors don’t REALLY Suck.

I guess my beef isn’t really with any of these magnifying makeup mirrors. It’s with my face!

And if you are considering getting one for yourself, I just hope you have really good self-esteem. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Do you have any magnifying mirrors in your home? Which type do you prefer? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Disclosure: This product was received complimentary in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post, but it does contain affiliate links which means I may be compensated a small amount if you click-through and purchase. Full disclosure policy here.**

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  • staciesayzso August 21, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Lol, they do show you EVERYTHING don’t they? I guess that’s the point. The only one I own is a compact which helps in making sure my nose is clean. 😉

  • Stephanie Yorke August 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Ooh the mirror you got looks amazing! I inherited an old light-up magnification mirror from the 70s and I love it, they’re great to have 🙂

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter August 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    I have been contemplating getting one, just for my eyebrows! I appreciate your post and seeing the different types

  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes August 21, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    These mirrors are so good at showing you all the things that you can’t see on a normal mirror.

  • Louida (@MissLouMae) August 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Those mirrors be showing every imperfections. Blah! But, I do like the fact that you can apply your makeup and find spots you miss. #ProductReviewParty

  • Taylor Speikers August 22, 2016 at 7:27 am

    The light up one looks amazing! I had to laugh at how your husband uses one though, LOL!

  • William Sweeney August 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Even though I don’t use them for makeup they really are amazing! I know as I have gotten older they are even more helpful for grooming.

  • Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) August 22, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    This is cool. I also thought magnifying mirrors suck but mostly because I didn’t really see any use for them. Great review.

  • Izabela August 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I have a magnifying mirror in my bathroom but I hardly use it. They show too much and I’m not prepared to see such a view.

  • CourtneyLynne August 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Hahaha I hate these kind of mirrors!!!!! They have them in every hotel I stay in and ughh…. Why?!?!

  • Yona Williams August 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I haven’t looked into a magnifying mirror in a really long time. My Mom owns that Conair one, I believe.

  • toughcookiemommy August 23, 2016 at 12:55 am

    I don’t have any magnifying mirrors in my home. I’m actually a big fan of the compact mirror and that one seems to do the trick for me.

  • Crystal Green August 23, 2016 at 4:17 am

    This looks like a wonderful mirror. I would be a afraid to really use one right now in my life. I have been stressing like crazy and it truly shows on my face.

  • Leslie Hernandez August 23, 2016 at 7:22 am

    lol… it so true you can really see everything with these mirrors, I have a little one that I mainly use only to do my eyebrows and also for applying liquid eyeliner, I love it.

  • Krystal August 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    My mirror is way too powerful and then add in a light and I look like a crazy person. Every pore and hair can be seen! LOL

  • Megan mccoig September 15, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Haha this made me laugh. I do like magnifying mirrors now and again so I can get to those areas I can’t normally see. But they are frightening!


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