If you do your own makeup or wear contacts, you’ll want to invest in a well-designed – and often inexpensive – lighted mirror to help you easily and accurately see the area you want to work with.
We’ve gathered a wide range of lighted mirror options, in terms of features, functions and price. In our most recent evaluation, we compared 10 mirrors by evaluating the effectiveness of the lighting, the magnification abilities, the power source, and the size and weight of each unit. We determined that the best mirrors offer evenly distributed light around the mirror, without being too glaring, and they give you at least one distortion-free magnification option. Whether you’re applying false eyelashes or simply putting in your contacts, having a lighted mirror is handy and makes the process a little easier.
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This portable double-sided lighted mirror can be used throughout your home. The Conair CON BE4NW lighted vanity mirror operates on three AA batteries, so you can use it anywhere, and it’s ideal for vacation. You can use the mirror’s normal magnification for regular hair styling and makeup application, and its 5x option is great for close-up and detail work. The mirror is 7.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall, and its fog-free design makes this a nice addition to the bathroom, as you can put on your makeup immediately after getting out of the shower. The circular, glare-free lighting illuminates your face evenly.
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The Floxite FL-10DS uses a replaceable T5 bulb to simulate daylight. It provides single magnification on one side and 10x magnification on the other. The circular light around the edge of the mirror helps prevent any unwanted shadows. The mirror is 14 inches tall and 9 inches across, and its advanced design prevents the mirror from getting hot while it’s on. Its base has a slim profile, a simple yet modern design, and is easy to store. It must be plugged into an outlet in order to get power, and though its arm allows for 360-degree angle adjustment, its portability is limited.
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The Jerdon HL165CD is a wall-mounted lighted mirror. It’s similar to the lighted wall-mounted mirrors found in swanky hotel bathrooms, and it has a range of features to give you a salon-like experience at home. The 8-inch mirror is mounted to a base that allows for complete 360-degree adjustment, via the 140-inch extendable arm. The mirror has 5x magnification, which is great for detail-oriented use, though it also has standard magnification. The switch allows you to toggle the lighting option as needed, which uses a 25-watt bulb. It isn’t fogproof, but its chrome design is rust resistant.
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The Lighted Image LED Striped Illuminated Mirror’s slim design fits in with newly renovated or contemporary homes. It can be mounted either portrait or landscape, and it has a sensor switch option. The built-in demister keeps the mirror clear in a steamy bathroom, and the energy-efficient 6000K LED bulbs provide plenty of light with less heat. The light quality from LEDs often matches that of sunlight, for optimal application of skincare and cosmetic products. However, note that these side lights are directed outward, so additional lighting may be required for accuracy. The cords are located in the center back of the mirror and may require professional installation by a qualified, licensed contractor.
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OttLite's Natural Makeup Mirror is dual sided, so you can choose between a regular and five times magnified reflection. It is designed to be placed somewhere with plenty of counter space. The mirror comes equipped with two custom 13-watt bulbs, which were engineered to recreate the color spectrum of daylight, and it is designed to limit heat output as well as energy usage. The angle of the OttLite mirror can be adjusted vertically, and the stand offers full 360-degree adjustments. It's powered by a regular electrical cord and doesn't need batteries. The base is 11 inches wide, and the mirror stands 13 inches tall.
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This Ovente MLT45C mirror has a wide 9-inch diameter and a tall 16-inch height, despite its slim profile. There is a normal reflection on one side and a 10x magnification for detailed beauty routines on the other. Energy efficient LED lighting can last for years and help to mimic daylight. Plus, the bulbs are easy to replace. It runs on four AA batteries but also has a 36-inch cord. The easy-to-dim circular light provides even more coverage, and because it’s an LED, it won’t throw off additional heat while in use. The mirror is powerful yet portable, so it can fit easily into your beauty routine wherever you go.
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This lighted vanity mirror from Pure Enrichment is an ideal addition for a space-challenged room or small apartment. It can also be used as a handheld mirror to check hairstyles and makeup from all angles. The slim LED lights are energy efficient, and it can run on AAA batteries while providing a bright light source. It has both single and 5x magnification mirrors. You just flip the mirror over to change magnifications. It comes with a simple adjustable stand that converts into a tabletop piece. Twelve energy-efficient LEDs create a halo of light around the mirror and should prevent troublesome shadows. It measures 6 inches across and weighs just over a pound.
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