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Best Light-Up Makeup Mirrors

Updated on February 3, 2015

Top-Rated Lighted Vanity Mirrors for Women

There is a huge range of makeup mirrors available to buy, and on this page I will purely be focussing on the ones that include lights around the edge, which I think are highly useful for improving clarity and are also practical for when you want to touch-up your make up in a dark environment.

Below I've listed my favorites - such as the Broadway style mirrors with lightbulb borders - plus the mirrors that have achieved the best reviews on Amazon. I've also tried to include a good variety to choose from including tri-view, compact, travel and tabletop mirrors, mostly at very affordable prices. Most of the options also have a magnifying ability which is perfect for seeing details more clearly, and together with the lighting these types of mirror are perfect for people with reduced vision i.e. people who wear eye glasses. In these cases magnifying mirrors are a great help for applying eye makeup or putting in contacts.

I hope you like my product selection :)

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Handheld, Tabletop Or Hanging Vanity Mirror $30

This 3-in-1 sleek light-up mirror is highly rated and can be handheld, displayed on a tabletop, or hung up on the wall so it's very versatile. Not only that but the mirror is double-sided with one side having 5x magnification (perfect or doing you mascara or other makeup applications) and the other side is 1x magnification.

Pure Enrichment LED Lighted Double Sided Makeup Vanity Mirror with Adjustable Stand
Pure Enrichment LED Lighted Double Sided Makeup Vanity Mirror with Adjustable Stand

This 6" mirror has a shiny chrome finish and comes complete with an optional wire table stand and a hook on the bottom of the handle to allow you to hang it up instead if you wish.

The 12 LED lights around the outside are (AAA) battery operated and illuminate both sides well to give you a clearer, more detailed reflection.

Perfect for travel too because it's quite a compact size plus it packs flat into a suitcase.

2-year warranty.

 

'Danielle' LED Magnifying Travel Mirror $50

Lovely quality mirror which measures 9" across and has a compact shape; making it easy to take on holidays and trips away. It can be used as a handheld mirror or there is a hinged stand on the back to allow you to prop it up on a bedroom or bathroom countertop.

Danielle D414 LED Ultimate Travel Mirror, 10x
Danielle D414 LED Ultimate Travel Mirror, 10x

This elegant and feminine mirror contains long-lasting LED bulbs around the rim which light up the mirror so that you can see exactly what you're doing. Coupled with this, the mirror itself is excellent quality and offers super clarity, especially as it has a 10x magnification.

LED bulbs are ideal for this application as they are nice and bright and they will last an estimated 10,000 hours (and yes batteries are included!)

The mirror is a sturdy build and is designed to be taken on your travels as well as to use at home - and you even get a little travel tote bag included with the product to make it even more portable.

 

Cobalt Blue Personal Compact Mirror $18

Lighted as well as being able to fold away into a small and compact shape, this mirror is ideal for keeping in your bag, purse or large pocket, or taking with you when traveling.

Think of all the places you go to such as bars and clubs and outdoor events at night where it's often too dark to check your mascara or re-apply your lipstick - well, this product would mean that you can keep your makeup looking perfect at all times!

15x Lighted Cobalt Magnifying Personal Compact Mirror
15x Lighted Cobalt Magnifying Personal Compact Mirror

Only measuring 4" across when folded up, this mirror is the best choice for portability. The clever mechanism allows the glass mirror to emerge on a little stand (making it 10" high) so that you can also use it as a regular makeup mirror in your bathroom, hotel room etc.

The 15x magnification of the mirror is stronger than most mirrors provide, which makes this one ideal for detailed applications like tweezering your eyebrows, inserting contact lenses or applying eyeliner. A definite handbag essential.

2 bulbs provide ample lighting, and the batteries are included.

 

A Selection of Other Excellent Illuminated Mirrors - All 4.5 or 5 Star Rated on Amazon

The 5 mirrors I have chosen to display below are a varied selection; a cute 'Hello Kitty' pink mirror (perfect for little girls to play with), a plug-in oval mirror that you can rotate, a wall-mounted natural light mirror which swivels and can also be dimmed, an elegant 'S' neck vanity mirror and also a pivoting dual-sided mirror - for your browsing pleasure!

Zadro Tri-View Lighted Mirror $110

This elegant mirror is built to last for many years and would look great in any room, especially with the lovely all-over satin nickel finish. The height is adjustable too which is useful, plus the light is dimmable so you can choose the level of brightness to suit you best.

Zadro Surround Light Dual Sided Lighted Fluorescent Pivoting Mirror, Satin Nickel
Zadro Surround Light Dual Sided Lighted Fluorescent Pivoting Mirror, Satin Nickel

This high-quality standing mirror is solidly built and has a tri-fold design with one main mirror and two side mirrors which fold outwards.

It's a good size and the surround lighting on the main mirror reproduces a natural sunlight effect which is the best lighting for applying makeup in.

The mirror is dual sided, with one side having a 10x magnification, and the other having a 1x magnification (i.e. is a regular mirror), and the light system illuminates both sides equally well.

More expensive than most other options, but it's definitely one of the best on the market.

 

Jerdon Swivel Wall Mount Mirror $60

Available in chrome, bright brass, nickel or bronze finishes, you are bound to find one of these mirrors that will suit your d├ęcor perfectly.

Very good value for the quality of the product, and you may even recognize the design from a luxury hotel or spa you've visited recently because Jerdon supplies these commercially too (so you know they must be good!)

Jerdon HL65BZ 8-Inch Lighted Wall Mount Makeup Mirror with 5x Magnification, Bronze Finish
Jerdon HL65BZ 8-Inch Lighted Wall Mount Makeup Mirror with 5x Magnification, Bronze Finish

One of the best selling points of this mirror is that it is fog free so is ideal for use in the bathroom. Another big plus point is that it is wall mounted so is space saving due to not taking up counter space like many other mirrors do.

The mirror measures 8" in diameter, can be extended upto 14" away from the wall, and is able to smoothly swivel 360 degrees (and hold itself at any angle you wish). It's also two sided, with 5x magnification on one side and 1x on the other.

The lighting component is all of the way around the circular mirror in a halo effect, and there is a on/off switch on the oval base. All of the hardware needed to attach the product to the wall is included, and it's very easy to install; you just need to make sure it's near enough to an electrical outlet.

1 year warranty included.

 

My Dream Film Star Mirror $400

A girl can dream right?! I know that this mirror is not really in the budget of a lot of people, but I had to include this one as my dream mirror. I've always loved this kind of lightbulb-bordered mirror when I've seen them in photos of the dressing rooms of film stars past.

High Gloss Black Hollywood Makeup Dressing Room Mirror with Dimmable Bulbs k314
High Gloss Black Hollywood Makeup Dressing Room Mirror with Dimmable Bulbs k314

This style of mirror really brings back memories to me of when I used to be in amateur dance shows as a girl and these were in the dressing rooms - and how there were melted bits of balloons all over the bulbs because 'Good Luck' balloons were a very popular gift and you can guess the rest!

 

Advantages of Lighting

Why go to the expense of buying a vanity mirror that has a light?

Well, there are a few reasons:

- The obvious one is that the mirror will be much brighter with it's own lighting than it would be otherwise, even if you have a bright pendant light in your room. This means you won't be struggling to see in dim light.

- Another is that (usually) lighted vanity mirrors are easily portable, so you have the option of doing your make-up anywhere, even in a dimly lit room (or even in a completely dark room) so that it isn't a problem when someone is hogging the bathroom! Great for use on dark Winter mornings and at night in particular.

- If you like to get ready in the bedroom, a lighted vanity mirror allows you to get ready even when your partner is sleeping; you don't need to switch the main light on so therefore don't need to disturb anyone else in the room.

- The type of white light provided with the mirrors is chosen to illuminate your skin as accurately as possible, like it would be in strong daylight. This compares favorably to other household lights which often have an orange hue rather than providing an imitation of natural light. This means that you can apply make-up more accurately and see exactly how you actually look and how you will look outdoors. Any flaws and imperfections on your skin can be seen more easily (which might not be seen as a good thing sometimes!) and this means that you can be sure that your make-up is the best it can be. In dim lighting you may not notice make-up mistakes or missed areas, and make-up that appears one shade indoors under non-daylight lighting may appear differently 'in real life'.

- Some mirrors even have different light settings to choose from, either in different strengths, or (even more helpfully) different environments such as 'day', 'evening' or 'office' so you can choose the appropriate one for where you are going to be on that specific day. You can then see exactly how you are going to look in that setting.

4 More of the Best Make Up Mirrors

Including one or two more of my favorite Broadway type mirrors (sorry I couldn't resist!)

Conair 3-Way Touch Control Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror - Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror; 1x/7x magnification; Matte Black Finish
Conair 3-Way Touch Control Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror - Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror; 1x/7x magnification; Matte Black Finish

A classic tabletop design with a slim stand and sturdy base, all at an affordable price.

The mirror itself can swivel round 360 degrees, plus there are 3 practical light settings to choose from (low, medium and high) that can be controlled simply by touch. In addition, this mirror is dual sided, with one side being a regular mirror, and the other magnifying your reflection 7x.

 
Daylight Cosmetic Mirror, 10 x Mag
Daylight Cosmetic Mirror, 10 x Mag

A popular cosmetic mirror with bright 'daylight' illumination provided by a circular 22 watt bulb.

The mirror has a 10x magnification and can be tilted back and forth to an angle that suits you best.

 
Starlet Table Top Lighted Vanity Mirror 34" - Silver
Starlet Table Top Lighted Vanity Mirror 34" - Silver

Like a modern revamp of the 'old school' mirrors backstage at theaters, this Starlet mirror is brightly lit so you can properly see your makeup application and are able to improve your routine due to clearer vision.

The bulbs at the sides are professional quality and are dimmable, plus there is an ornate section under the mirror which adds to the glamor.

 
Broadway Lighted Vanity Desk 36'' x 30" - Black Frame, Black Surface
Broadway Lighted Vanity Desk 36'' x 30" - Black Frame, Black Surface

A brilliant vanity desk inclusive of a Broadway light-up mirror, places to store your heat-styling tools, and a drawer for keeping your makeup and hair accessories in. Every girl's dream!

 

Video Reviews of Mirrors Shown Above - Plus Videos of Similar Products

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      Petit 3 years ago

      I also use a lighted mirorr to apply my makeup and have a smaller lighted mirorr for traveling. It's better than using hotel lighting and it just makes sense!

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      I didn't realize there were so many options out there, think I might need to go shopping for an upgrade!

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