The Best Lighted Makeup Mirrors of 2018

By Jessica Teich

When it comes to makeup application, here’s the truth: Even the best products and the greatest makeup artistry will look bad without the proper lighting during application. If you do your makeup in poor light, it will look completely different—and likely a lot worse—when you step outside. So, if you want to look your best every day, you need to shed some light on the subject—your face.

The solution? Lighted cosmetic mirrors. These luminescent reflectors project a halo of light directly on your face to make cosmetic application simple and accurate, so you’ll never again walk out of the house with too-harsh blush, or a telltale line of foundation drawn along your jawline.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options on the market, but don’t worry—we’ve done all the hard work for you and tested all of the best lighted makeup mirrors. Our favorite? The DeWeisn Tri-Fold Mirror (available at Amazon), which features three panels of mirrors, bright LED lighting, and up to three times the magnification for precision tasks like tweezing brows.

To learn how we chose the products, read the how we tested section of this story. Here are the mirrors we tested, in order of performance:

  1. DeWeisn Tri-Fold Mirror
  2. Sanheshun 7x Magnifying Round Mirror
  3. Big House Tri-Fold Mirror
  4. Absolutely Lush Rectangle Mirror
  5. Conair Double-Sided Oval Mirror
  6. Gotofine Rectangle Mirror
  7. Maker2 Tri-Fold Mirror
  8. Beautural 10x Magnifying Round Mirror
  9. Simplehuman Mini Sensor Round Mirror
  10. Fancii 10x Magnifying Square Mirror
  11. Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Mirror
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Updated December 14, 2018

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DeWeisn Tri-Fold Mirror

  • Editors' Choice

DeWeisn Tri-Fold Mirror

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Our main takeaway: An all-around great mirror for any makeup task with super-bright, adjustable lighting, crisp reflection, and several magnification options.

Magnification strength: 1x, 2x, and 3x options.

Powered by: USB chargeable or 4 AAA batteries.

The details: This sleekly-designed mirror is a standout. Its tri-fold design means the mirror can fold down into roughly the size of an iPad and expand into a multi-functional mirror with a 9.5-inch-tall, 1x magnification center piece and side panels with 2x and 3x magnification options. The lights are touch activated and can dim down nicely or get super bright, and thanks to the mirror's perfect size, the lights don't distract you during makeup application like we found with some other mirrors.

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Sanheshun 7x Magnifying Round Mirror

  • Editors' Choice

Sanheshun 7x Magnifying Round Mirror

best magnifying mirror

Our main takeaway: Great for anyone with less-than-perfect eyesight. A well-lit, round magnifying mirror with crisp reflection.

Magnification strength: 7x only.

Powered by: 3 AA batteries.

The details: If you’re looking for a magnifying mirror for precision tasks or if you have less-than-perfect eyesight, this may be the mirror for you. The 7x magnification suits the mirror’s 6-inch diameter perfectly—you don’t have to get super-close to the mirror to get a clear reflection, and the light is bright enough without being blinding. It has an elegant touch activation that illuminates the super-bright LED ring light.

How We Tested

I'm Jessica Teich—I run the health and beauty section at Reviewed, which means I'm in charge of trying everything from the best liquid eyeliner to the greatest hair dryers money can buy. My day job requires plenty of beauty product testing, and not shockingly, none of this hands-on testing can be done without a good mirror. Since I'm knee-deep in makeup and haircare for both work and play, I've learned the importance of a well-lit mirror (and the nightmare of testing products in poor lighting).

A lighted makeup mirror is essential to really see what you're doing in any "getting ready" routine, whether you're trimming your beard or applying a full face of makeup: An artist doesn't paint in the dark, so why should you do your art in poor lighting? To find the best cosmetics mirrors on the market, we scoured best-seller lists across retailers, Reddit threads, and best-of lists at every price point. Then, we pitted the top-rated picks against each other to find the winner.

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I tested them in the same way you might: Used each one over a few days to apply and remove makeup, style my hair, and try precision tasks like tweezing my brows and applying false lashes. Unlike you (probably), I teamed with Reviewed’s senior scientist to rate my experiences. For each mirror, I answered questions like:

Lighting: Is the lighting on the mirror effective, or is not quite bright enough? Are the lights well-placed, or do they hinder your sight when applying makeup? Are there multiple lighting settings, and how useful are they?

Features: Are there multiple magnification settings, and are they strong enough for precision tasks? Does the mirror come with any accessories, and if so, are they useful or just gimmicky?

Usability: Is the mirror adjustable in height and/or angle? Is the mirror portable, or is it a hassle to bring it to other parts of the house or toss in an overnight bag? Is the mirror easy to clean, or does dust collect in hard-to-reach nooks?

We then scored and weighted the results on a scientifically calibrated rubric. Not all questions are equally important: For example, lighting effectiveness was weighted more heavily than portability and ease of cleaning. All things considered, it was clear that some mirrors we tested are far superior, and some, just not worth your money.

Other Mirrors We Tested

Big House Tri-Fold Mirror

Big House Tri-Fold Mirror

Our main takeaway: A large yet sleek tri-fold mirror that’s great for precision makeup.

Magnification strength: 1x, 2x, and 3x options.

Powered by: USB cord or 4 AAA batteries.

The details: It’s great that this, the largest mirror we tested (10 inches tall!), doesn’t take up any more surface area than the competition, thanks to its pedestal design. It has the same trifold design and magnification options as the DeWeisn—one of its three panels is split into 2x and 3x magnification spots. However, it misses our top spot because its lights don't get as bright as we’d like and they lack the brightness range of the DeWeisn. It’s still a great mirror for basic makeup application or precision tasks.

Absolutely Lush Rectangle Mirror

Absolutely Lush Rectangle Mirror

Our main takeaway: A compact pedestal mirror with a handy 10x magnification stick-on.

Magnification strength: 1x and 10x options.

Powered by: USB cord or 4 AA batteries.

The details: The design of this mirror is fairly simple, yet very effective. It has vanity-style lights that surround the entire mirror and get super bright—they also have a great range of brightness and the ability to dim down more softly than candlelight. The 8.8-inch-tall mirror could stand to be a bit larger since sometimes those lights can get in your eyes. It comes with a small attachable 10x magnification mirror. However, that bonus mirror blocks a big portion of the main mirror, so we preferred to use it separately instead of tacking it onto the glass.

Conair Double-Sided Oval Mirror

Conair Double-Sided Oval Mirror

Our main takeaway: A traditional, attractive, double-sided mirror that isn’t quite bright enough.

Magnification strength: 1x and 7x options.

Powered by: Electric cord.

The details: This looks like your traditional cosmetic mirror. The 8.5-inch oval mirror rotates a full 360º with one side that’s regular magnification and the other that’s 7x enlarged. The oval shape is excellent since it mimics the shape of your face, so you don’t have to twist and turn to see all parts of your face. Its biggest drawback—and it is a big one—is that it doesn’t get quite bright enough to give a true showing. It’s also electric, so it’s not as portable as the competition.

Gotofine Rectangle Mirror

Gotofine Rectangle Mirror

Our main takeaway: A basic pedestal mirror with just one light setting.

Magnification strength: 1x and 10x options.

Powered by: USB cord or 4 AAA batteries.

The details: The single light setting on this mirror is what bumped its score down: Otherwise, it’s a perfectly fine pick. It’s similarly designed to Absolutely Lush and Maker2 with the same stick-on magnifying mirror and similar 8.9-inch-tall mirror. What sets it apart are two bands of LED lights on the vertical sides, which are a little softer on the eyes but they don’t adjust in brightness. If you like this style, we recommend Absolutely Lush instead. It has the same accessories and additional light settings at a lower price.

Maker2 Tri-Fold Mirror

Maker2 Tri-Fold Mirror

Our main takeaway: A pedestal mirror that isn’t quite big or bright enough.

Magnification strength: 1x and 10x options.

Powered by: 4 AA batteries.

The details: The Maker2 is nearly identical to the Absolutely Lush mirror, but there are a few things that bumped it to the bottom half of the list: The vanity-style lights only run up the vertical edges instead of encompassing the mirror, although it was advertised otherwise. Despite being adjustable, the lights don’t get nearly as bright. It's also strictly battery operated with no option to use with USB power. If you like the design of this mirror, it’s a no-brainer: Opt for Absolutely Lush for around the same price.

Beautural 10x Magnifying Round Mirror

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Beautural 10x Magnifying Round Mirror

Our main takeaway: A fine supplemental mirror with only 10x magnification and no adjustable lighting.

Magnification strength: 10x only.

Powered by: 3 AAA batteries.

The details: This mirror might be good for those with very poor eyesight, but otherwise, it’s not a standout. It lacks adjustable lighting, and the size of the mirror seems too large for its magnification level—you have to get very close to its surface in order to get a clear showing, yet you can never see your entire face at the same time.

Simplehuman Mini Sensor Mirror

Simplehuman Mini Sensor Mirror

Our main takeaway: An over-the-top magnifying mirror that isn’t worth its extremely hefty price tag.

Magnification strength: 10x only.

Powered by: USB-rechargeable lithium ion battery.

The details: This 5-inch round mirror is beautiful and its lighting is truly great, but its over-the-top frills actually work against it. The light is motion-activated, so it will illuminate whenever you walk by—we also found it a little finicky (i.e. I sometimes had to wave my hand frantically in front of it). The mirror could benefit from a regular-strength mirror on the flip-side to make it worthy of its high price. It’s simply more expensive than it’s worth, despite having a gorgeous design and nice, bright lighting.

Fancii 10x Magnifying Square Mirror

Fancii 10x Magnifying Square Mirror

Our main takeaway: A cheap-feeling magnifying mirror with one light and magnification setting.

Magnification strength: 10x only.

Powered by: 3 AA batteries.

The details: This is a fine pick for anyone with very poor eyesight, but we don’t love it by any means. The square shape isn’t great (face are oval!) and it lacks adjustable lighting. Lastly, the size of the mirror is too large for its magnification level—you have to get very close to get an in-focus reflection. We prefer the Saneshun or even the Beautural if you’re in the market for a magnifying mirror.

Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Mirror

Jerdon Tri-Fold Two-Sided Mirror

Avoid

Our main takeaway: An extremely bulky mirror that’s more burdensome than it is helpful.

Magnification strength: 1x and 5x options.

Powered by: Electrical cord.

The details: This mirror had a lot of promise, with a three-panel design and a double-sided center mirror. However, it’s just way too bulky and poorly designed to recommend. It feels outdated and is difficult to adjust, and the lighting isn't effective or bright enough on any setting. It's more trouble than it's worth: skip it.

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