11 of The Best Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirrors Reviewed
Throw away that cracked old mirror and pick up a new lighted magnifying vanity mirror instead!
Doing your hair and makeup need not feel like a complete chore, it can actually be really quick and easy with the best vanity mirrors. Owning a good vanity mirror is essential and these vanity mirrors can be used at home, at the office or even on an airplane – wherever you need one, you can bet we’ve got just the perfect model for you. Check out our list below and find yourself a new magnified or lighted vanity mirror today.
Best Lighted Vanity Mirrors - Our Top Picks for 2018
1. Conair Oval Shaped Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror
The first item on our list of the best vanity mirrors is the Conair Oval Double-Sided Lighted Mirror. The light provided by this vanity is a soft incandescent glow that performs well to illuminate your whole face at once. Not only does the Conair mirror have a regular 1x magnified side for standard viewing, it also has a 7 times magnification on the other side for doing precise line work and hitting those careful angles. The look of this mirror is quite simple but charming, because it has an oiled bronze base and a moderate 7 x 9.5-inch oval frame around the mirror.
With most modern décor the Conair would fit right in, as it has a classical base style and a rather more angular and petite frame on top. It is quite sturdy and would make for a reliable accompaniment to your bathroom cabinet or bed-side table. The rotation of this mirror is 360 degrees in order to make it very easy to use, and the bulbs are replaceable if one of them blows or fizzles out. You will be able to order extra bulbs on Amazon and it is probably a good idea to stock one or two extras in your house just in case. The light switch is found on the base of the mirror.
Why we liked it: this lighted vanity mirror has the best of all the features we could find to review – it has magnification, incandescent lighting and it swivels 36 degrees on a beautiful bronze stand. This would be an impressive item for any bathroom or bedroom, especially when guests are in town.
2. Sanheshun 10X Magnifying Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror
Have you ever wanted that perfect little travel mirror, but just couldn’t find the right brand? The Sanheshun magnifying lighted travel mirror will solve that problem for you indefinitely, because it truly is a piece of quality cosmetics equipment. The lighting is adjustable for natural light, warm light or even bright light depending on your surroundings, to allow you to perform precise handwork. The lights themselves are high grade LED bulbs that produce 475 Lux light and have a lifetime of 10, 000 hours. The whole unit is powered by AA batteries, and this is one potential con if you’re using your mirror almost every day because batteries tend to run out rather quickly, but it is possible that you prefer battery power and have some rechargeables lying around just waiting for a new home! One cool feature on this unit is that you simply need to tap the black button on the frame to switch between lighting types, and this is nice and convenient. Thankfully there are no hidden switches to flick on and off every time you want to use it. The last feature of this product that we found useful was the promise of Miusco and Sanheshun's 100% satisfaction guarantee – if after using it for a while you aren’t totally convinced that this mirror works the way it’s advertised; you can get your money back with no questions asked.
Why we liked it: while reviewing this product we could imagine how handy it would be to have in a travel bag, and that with the suction mounting it would work just about anywehere. It can stick to glass, tiles, and any other smooth surfaces. Having three lighting options will make this model work for you where others simply couldn’t.
3. LED Lighted Makeup Mirror by Upper West Collection
What if you’re not so keen on having a dedicated standing mirror, you ask? Well this makeup mirror by Upper West Collection has a great range of features for the woman on the go – it can fold up small against the suction cup, has energy-efficient tap light LEDs that can last up to 50, 000 hours without replacement; and it also has a decent 10 times magnification for when you need to tweeze your brow. The LED light is a good inclusion in this product, because incandescent and fluorescent lighting can sometimes be too warm or too harsh to get a really consistent spread across your face. The bulbs are also energy efficient and thus environmentally friendly, because they won’t have to be replaced as often. This is a wireless or cordless lighted mirror, which means that you don’t have to bother with finding a wall socket to plug in to if you’re on your travels. Imagine arriving in a guest room or at a hotel only to find that you don’t have an adaptor for that old vanity mirror you’ve been lugging around with you. Let’s stop right there, that’s certainly not what you want. You want an energy saving, long-life product like the Upper West Collection, which won’t let you down no matter how often you use it. The mounting of this mirror is also very easy to use, it is simply a suction cup with a rotating frame that you can angle anywhere in 360 degrees. We’d say this is our favourite mirror vanity for travelling!
Why we liked it: all the essential features of this magnifying lighted mirror add up to make one impressive product. We particularly liked the long life span of the bulbs, due to their energy efficiency. The extra travel bag that comes with the purchase is a great bonus too.
4. SimpleHuman Rechargeable Wall Mounted Mirror
The next item is the SimpleHuman 8 inch Wall Mount Rechargeable Mirror , another great home accessory that will smooth out your hectic make-up routine into something far more manageable. The lighting system of the SimpleHuman vanity is unique, from the natural ‘tru-lux’ sunlight provided by the LEDs to the automatic sensor that saves battery by only switching on when your face is nearby. We enjoyed the rechargeable nature of the LED lighting, because replacing batteries can be expensive and a whole lot of bother when you’re on the move or if you’re in a rush. The SimpleHuman wall mounted mirror comes with a telescopic arm that you can adjust to your preferred angle, and the glass of the mirror itself has a 5 times magnification so that you don’t have to stick your face right up against it to see your finer details. Sometimes we worry a lot about whether we can get replacements on faulty items that arrive in, well, more than one piece. This mirror has a five-year manufacturer’s warranty that tells us they have complete confidence in their product, and we can see just why. This elegant design is sure to fit right in with your décor, no matter which styles you’re in to.
Why we liked it: We found the LED lighting was just the right brightness, and the rechargeable nature of the mirror will make using it throughout the day as convenient as you can get. The extended warranty is another essential feature of this product, because it just shows us how much SimpleHuman think of their product and their customers. The support you have with your purchase is fantastic.
5. Mair Production Dimmable Magnification Bathroom Mirror
With ten times magnification allows you to work comfortably without needing to lean in too much or hold the mirror right up to your nose. At 10 times magnification on the one side this mirror is quite good for any semi-professional looks you’re working on, and you can use the 1 times magnification on the reverse side if you want to see how you look in full frame. Mair guarantees that the mirror is at optical quality so that there is no distortion in the image, and this shows when you are using the 10x magnifier, because at times other poorer quality mirrors can lose clarity around the edges. The daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs can give you a good view in just about any environment, whether you’re working in very low or shadowy light – this all depends on the natural light of your bathroom or bedroom. The lights are dimmable in order to suit the exact shade you need, so if you happen to be fed up with single setting models this would be a great way to get away from that problem.
Why we liked it: dimmable lights make the whole lighted mirror more manageable, and this will suit people who have a light sensitivity but still want to take advantage of the feature. The 180-degree swivel for switching between 10 and 1 times magnification is useful to quickly move between close-up and full frame view.
6. Zadro Dual Sided LED Lighted Satin Nickel Mirror
Just by its looks you’re probably already considering taking the Zadro Satin Nickel Dual Sided LED Lighted Mirror home with you, and we can’t blame you! This model looks exquisitely made, and the materials used are top quality. The two sides to the ‘dual’ nature of this mirror are in fact a ten times magnification and a regular 1 times magnification, both of which come with the ultra bright LED lighting. You can control the lights with the touch of a finger, so if it is too bright you can simply turn it down, and the bulbs are lifetime quality LED bulbs which will never fail on you. This model is best for home use, either somewhere in your bedroom or bathroom, or perhaps even your wardrobe would be a good place to hide it for when you need it. The whole mirror measures 11 x 55 x 17 inches, and this is a good size for getting most of your face in frame even when using the higher magnification. If you find that it doesn’t quite work for you, simply swivel the mirror for up to 360 degrees to get your preferred view. Zadro are a household brand when it comes to cosmetics, and we hope that they continue to bring out quality mirrors like this one.
Why we liked it: lifetime quality LED lighting is a great guarantee with a product this good looking, and it simply won’t fail to impress your friends and family when they ask you if they can use it. Being able to swivel the screen 360 degrees is important for a mounted mirror, so we were glad to find that this one hit the mark on that perfectly.
7. Conair 3 Panel Beauty Mirror (Illumina Collection)
Just off the middle of our range we have a rather original looking model called the Conair Illumina Collection 3 Panel Beauty Mirror that will certainly have you covered at every angle. This vanity mirror has lighting with four pre-set modes, including day, evening, office and home. We think this covers the need for ambient lighting quite well, and with the wide angle viewing we’re certain that the time spent in front of the mirror will be significantly reduced – as will your neck pain from previously having to bend every which way to see the make-up you’ve applied. If you’re a make-up artist this would be an amazing product to practice with, simply because of how convenient the side mirrors are for checking your lines and whether you’ve built up the cosmetics evenly. On the one mirror you have a 5 times magnification, and the other two are standard 1 times magnified for checking your cheeks and other angles. That means that you can do macro work where you need to, and then see how it looks at a regular distance just by turning your head (instead of flipping the mirror as with other models). If you’re looking to use this mirror for travelling it can pack up neatly and safely onto itself, folding the two extra side panels inward to prevent breakage in your bag. This is a really nice set of mirrors, and it really does speed up your routine.
Why we liked it: 3 panels are enough to cover your whole face when you’re applying make-up, and this will give you the opportunity to apply it as evenly as possible. This is a favourite for make-up artists in training, as well as the perfectionists among us who simply need the best view that they can get while they work.
8. LED Lighted Folding Travel Mirror by Zadro
The next item on our list is another great product from the 30 year cosmetics veterans, Zadro . Being a travel mirror it is quite compact, but this doesn’t mean it is short on performance. This LED lighted folding travel mirror is powered by AAA batteries and can light up one or both of the mirrors depending on your needs. One down side to using batteries is their cost, but you can find rechargeable ones that somewhat reduce the inconvenience and long term costs. Because the lights in this model are LED instead of luminescent they use up to 70% less electricity, and they don’t burn hot to the touch. This is safer for you and your family if you take it with you on holidays and your daughters also use it. As a starter for make-up artist this vanity mirror would be perfect for trying out new looks, and you could even consider buying this as a gift for a friend.
Why we liked it: travel mirrors are very convenient and compact for your handbag, so they can be taken anywhere and give you the comfort of touching up your make-up on the go.
9. Jerdon JS811W 11″ Rectangular LED Vanity Mirror
You can never have too many options when it comes to travel accessories, and the Jerdon JS811W 11" Rectangular LED Vanity Mirror is the perfect example. If you’ve seen our other travel mirrors on the list already you might know that they are all circular, and some of them even have stands, but this mirror is rectangular to give you a nice portrait reflection. It can stand on its own and does a great job for its size, which is perfect for taking on holiday, to the workplace or even just to a friend’s house in case of a wardrobe emergency. With the LED lighting you will experience a crisp, bright reflection that will show you exactly where to touch up or apply your next layer. Don’t worry – the lights are cool to the touch just for your safety, so there is no risk of injury or discomfort when using this lighted vanity mirror. Creating that perfect look isn’t easy, but with the 8 by 11 inch mirror you’ll be able to get every element of your make-up perfectly positioned, especially as there is a ten times magnification for those pesky little details. As if that wasn’t enough to convince us that this is a great product Jerdon includes a 1 year limited warranty on this product to sweeten the deal, which is a comforting fall back in case anything goes wrong.
Why we liked it: as a portrait mirror this product gives you a different feel than the typical circular vanity mirrors, which is a nice option for those who prefer this set up. The LED lighting is a good choice for this model because it provides nice consistent bright light without too much extra heat or energy loss. It can be taken on your travels and magnifies up to 10 times too – this little mirror has it all.
10. Floxite Home Travel Folding Lighted Cosmetic Bathroom Mirror
Another little gem we’ve come across is the Home Travel Folding Lighted Cosmetic Bathroom Mirror by Floxite. We see this working well as a teen to young adult product because it would be ideal for women on the move. Often if you’re staying over at a friend’s house for a night out you’d want to have your own make-up kit neatly packed away in your travel bag just in case you decide to touch up or stay another night. Even if you don’t head out too often, this mirror is just as good for keeping on your dresser or on the bathroom sink. As we mentioned, this is a lighted mirror, and the bulbs are each 22 watt fluorescents that provide 100 watts of light overall.
They can be switched on and off with the switch on the base, and the overall energy usage of this compact vanity mirror is 110 volts. You can reverse the mirror to get a 9 times magnification on the reverse of the regular 1x magnification face of it. However, the most impressive feature to this little travel vanity mirror has got to be the fact that it has some storage compartments that can keep your make-up brushes, cleansing pads, and other small accessories. This makes the home travel vanity mirror ideal for taking along on trips, and as it is only 8 inches in diameter and 2.75 inches in height, so it really doesn’t take up too much space.
Why we liked it: not many mirrors can pull off both travel and home use well, but the Floxite model does it perfectly. It’s large enough to place in a bathroom or on a bedside table, but also compact enough to take with you when you need to do your makeup on the run.
11. Impressions Vanity Hollywood Studio Bulb Mirror
This vanity mirror is a bit larger than the rest, but they do say that Hollywood style is always meant to be more impressive. It measures 32.5 inches high and 8 inches wide for a full portrait view, and it has 12 globe style bulbs arranged around the frame for that true Hollywood look. You can dim these lights if they start to seem too bright, or if they get in the way of putting on a certain shade of base, for example. This frame also has a bit of extra functionality, because it has two power outlets – one on each side – that you can use to plug in accessories such as a hair curler, hairdryer or a phone charger.
You can use this lighted vanity mirror on its own stand, or you can wall mount it if you want to add it to your existing dresser or bathroom. The Impressions Vanity Hollywood Studio Bulb Mirror will certainly be a piece that will stand out from your regular bathroom clutter, and brighten up the room.
Why we liked it: this mirror makes you feel like a superstar, and globe style lights that will brighten your face for the perfect shine. It will be a great addition to a modern décor and vibrant household. It also allows you to plug in extras when you need to, which no other vanity on this list does.
Vanity Mirrors: Frequently Asked Questions
Shopping for something slightly out of the ordinary way of bathroom mirrors and those standard handheld models could leave you wondering which product you really need. We break down our review into a few categories so that it is easy to find what you’re looking for and get just the right information to help you make a purchase. Below we have some of the most frequently asked questions about vanity mirrors for your convenience. All you need to know about vanity mirrors and why you should buy one are right here!
What is a Lighted Makeup Mirror?
This is a vanity mirror that has lights either outside or inside the frame, in order to illuminate your face while you put on your makeup or do your eyebrows. The reason that people have put lights inside of vanity mirrors is because it is the best way to get clean, consistent results for your cosmetics. The lights along the side of the mirror will get rid of any shadows which are obscuring your face and making your skin tone look uneven. In other words, they get rid of the risk of over-working one side of your face due to bad lighting conditions. There are three types of lighting that you will usually encounter in these mirrors:
LED – short for ‘light emitting diode’, these bulbs are small but powerful, and they can give off a pure white light for a low energy cost. This technology is best for regular customers because there is less room for shadowing and discolouration.
Fluorescent – these are the types of lights you find in most supermarkets or offices, and they’re essentially gas tubes which light up when fed electricity. These bulbs are energy efficient and emit a constant stream of off-white light, and work well to limit shadowing and colour distortion.
Luminescent – the most common lightbulbs you’ll find are luminescent, and they can be found in just about every household. They emit a lot of excess heat, and the light they emit often seems yellow or orange in colour. If you think of a Hollywood star doing their makeup in front of a mirror you probably imagine a big frame of these lights around a huge mirror!
Another reason why these are so important is that at night it is very difficult to get sufficient light to do your makeup even when you do manage to find a bright room. They will likely be overhead lights which cast a big shadow on your face, or you will have to face the light and possibly shine a harsh light in your eyes when you’re busy. The lighted makeup mirrors all emit a soft but vibrant light that will be bright enough to work with, but not so bright that you have to squint to see. They can be a life saver when you’re travelling, because you never know what type of facilities you might have in your hotel room or guest room when you arrive.
What are the Different Types of Mirrors?
There are four main types of mirrors that you will find in our review, because they each have unique benefits and drawbacks. For example, you might need to do a lot of detailed work – you’d go for a magnified mirror. If you’re looking for a no-mess no-fuss mirror you would prefer one that is mounted on the wall and out of your way for when you need it. Here they are, in no particular order:
The traditional vanity mirror gets its name from the place it used to be kept – a vanity cabinet or desk in your bedroom! They are usually fixed to stands, and they can be angled for the best view of your face while you apply make-up, do your hair or apply accessories like earrings. The vanity mirror has a big advantage over larger bathroom mirrors because you can take it on your travels. There are even different lighted and magnified mirrors that you can find in different brands which make them even more useful to suit your needs.
These mirrors are best for bathrooms and bedrooms, because they will not be portable at all. You would fix a wall mounted mirror to your wall by drilling holes and using screws, and often these wall mirrors can swivel outward or sideways to make it easier to use at an angle. The benefit of having a wall mounted mirror is that it will be perfectly still while you work, and you won’t have to take up extra counter space that can be used for cosmetics instead. You can work with both hands free, and you might even want to mount it at a height that you can sit down and relax while you do your makeup.
Lighted mirrors provide you with an even lighting across your face as you apply make-up, so these are useful in low light and even bright lighting environments. These come in both portable and non-portable models, and might be a little pricier than the other models. Consistent lighting will help you to apply your makeup evenly and also prevent you from putting too much make-up on to try and adjust for shadows or lines that could be caused by low light conditions. There are different strength lights that you can get, and they also have different lights in them such as fluorescent or LED bulbs.
These mirrors are great for those close up details like using an eye-pencil or having to brush your mascara on without leaving big black streaks along your cheek. Use a magnifying vanity mirror to apply careful designs and give yourself that perfect touch of makeup without overdoing it. Magnifying mirrors can come in both the vanity style and the wall mounted style, and they can even have lights on them too!
Where Can I Buy a Vanity Mirror With Lights?
You can find vanity mirrors with lights at some home and furniture stores, but we suggest ordering one online to avoid the rush of the malls. On our list we have some fantastic mirrors with lights, such as the Zadro Dual Sided LED Lighted Satin Nickel Mirror, which is great for mounting in bathrooms, or the Impressions Vanity Hollywood Studio Bulb Mirror that provides a full portrait view that is hard to beat. The price of these mirrors vary quite often because of the power of the bulbs and whether they are rechargeable or have batteries. Bear in mind that a mirror that needs batteries could let you down if you don’t remember to pack spares or buy rechargeable batteries. Our advice would be to purchase a rechargeable lighted vanity mirror so that you bypass this problem altogether.
When you receive your mirror you should immediately check if the lights are all in working order as advertised, as many of the manufacturers offer warranties on your purchase if one of the bulbs has blown or has been poorly installed. The way to properly test the lights on a vanity mirror is to turn them on and let them shine for a good 10 to 15 minutes to check that everything is in order. If you do order online you should also check if you need to purchase batteries, otherwise you will need to go to the shops to buy them after your mirror has already been delivered.
Can I Take a Makeup Mirror On a Plane?
Airlines have banned many convenience items, but a makeup mirror is not one of them. You can take your vanity mirror on any trip, for both local and international flights. There are a few reasons to take your mirror with you, such as when you need to prepare for a business meeting that you’re heading to. Having your mirror with you will allow you to do your makeup right in your seat instead of having to hold people up by using the cramped airplane bathroom. If you’re sitting in the middle row of the aircraft, you probably don’t want to have to irritate the other passengers and ask them to move just so that you can do your makeup. Keeping a vanity mirror in your hand luggage will allow you to whip out your cosmetics right there, and do yourself up pretty without even having to get up.
The lighted mirrors will be perfect for night time flights or arriving very early in the morning, because they provide consistent light on your face no matter what other ambient lighting is around you. You may be visiting family or friends in another state and need to look fresh even after an overnight haul, but you don’t have to worry about missing your eyeliner or smudging your mascara if you’ve got your trusty portable vanity mirror with you on your travels. You never know when it will come in handy, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
Do I Need a Makeup Mirror?
You might not think that you need to fuss with a dedicated makeup mirror, but you would be surprised at how they can revolutionize your daily schedule. You can save so much time and effort by doing your makeup correctly the first time, but with older or cheaper mirrors there is a good chance you’ll have to go back and correct mistakes more often. It’s also just a nightmare to have to lean across the sink to get close enough to see what you’re doing, and nobody needs that kind of stress when they’re creating a masterpiece.
If you’re a jet setter and you travel around the country (or internationally), picking up a vanity mirror will be one of the best things you do today – they’re cheap, and they beat any hotel bathroom mirror hands down. You will be able to do your makeup just as perfectly as you do at home anywhere in the world if you own one of these best vanity mirrors. Be warned – once you’ve had the pleasure of using one of these products, you’ll never look back to the old stock standard handheld mirrors again. Some of these mirrors are so compact that they will fit in your handbag, and this is a huge convenience for women on the move.
Make-up artists will benefit greatly from having their own makeup mirror for some obvious reasons – they will need to practice their designs on themselves, and the best way to do this is with a reliable make-up mirror that gets you the best view of your face. You will definitely need a vanity mirror if you intend to do professional beauty work, they are a staple for all beauticians and makeup artists. Magnification is helpful for performing fine detailed work, and lighted mirrors are perfect for getting an even tone with makeups. They really are the best accessory you will add to your collection this month, so don’t hesitate to pick one up today!