I am very excited to share with you today my review of one of the best makeup tools I have ever come across — the Sensor Mirror from Simplehuman! The product has been receiving crazy amount of positive reviews and ratings online (and offline) for its exceptional design and functionality. There are so many details to include in this post and I will try my best to explain everything as clearly and concisely as possible. Now, without further ado, let's get started!
Simplehuman Sensor Mirror is basically a very well built, LED-lit, magnifying mirror with the light automatically turning on when the “sensor” detects movement. Shown above is the “Standard” size.
In the box
- a mirror
- a USB cable
- an adapter for wall outlet charging (100-240V)
- a cleaning cloth
- a quick start guide (in 5 different languages!)
The mirror comes with a 5-year warranty card. To protect your warranty, register your mirror at simplehuman.com/register.
It is advised to let the mirror charge for a full 7 hours before the first use. And it should last up to 5 weeks with regular use. The light at the top of the base will turn red when it needs charging. Green light indicates a full charge.
The Tru-lux light system (600 lux). The mirror light simulates the bright, natural sunlight and offers full color spectrum (CRI 90) to show every detail in its true color. No more yellowish tint often seen with regular light bulbs! This is especially useful when inspecting the complex colors of makeup products. The brightness of the light cannot be dimmed but I don't find it to be too bright on my eyes at all even after continued use.
The LED lighting. The mirror's LED never gets hot and can perform like new even after 40,000 hours — “that's an hour a day, everyday, for more than 100 years” — so you probably won't ever have to replace the light in your lifetime!
Smooth and even lighting. The ring light disperses the light very evenly and smoothly so you can see your entire face illuminated without any dimmed/hot spots.
The hands-free system. The light automatically turns on as the smart sensor detects your face in front of the mirror (actually any movement over the sensor will trigger the light to come on; doesn't have to be a face). No button to push. Nothing to touch. However, you have to be at least 9 inches or closer to the mirror to activate the light. It takes exactly 1 second for the light to come on and 5 seconds to shut off as you move away from the mirror. The on-and-off light function is supposed to “adapt” to your behavior, too. It becomes “more sensitive” and will not turn off unexpectedly as you use.
The full adjustability. The mirror can be tilted back fully to accommodate your preferred viewing angle. The height of the stem can also be adjusted from the default 10.5 to the highest 13 inches.
The cordless system. The mirror can perform cordless to give you the flexibility of moving the mirror to anywhere you choose without having to plug in the cable. This will help keep the top of your desk clean and uncluttered, too.
The magnification. At 5x magnification level, every detail (and flaws!) on your skin is magnified right in front of you. Together with the bright LED, nothing will ever be missed! The large diameter (8 inches) of the mirror also allows you to see your entire face at once.
Distortion-free. What you see in the mirror, even around the edges, has no distortion. What you see is what you see!
Highest quality glass. The mirror glass is incredibly clear and provides superior reflectivity.
Well designed and built. The mirror is sturdy and made of brushed stainless steel. The bottom of the base has a power switch and an anti-slip rubber ring to prevent skidding.
Limitations and improvements
- It would be nice if a regular (1x) mirror was included/incorporated somewhere. It is nice to be able to see every detail up-close but usually as a final step of applying makeup, I like to be able to see the overall look from a “normal viewing distance“. Definitely keep a regular mirror nearby just in case!
- You have to sit pretty close to the mirror to keep the light on and the reflection sharp (more than 9 inches away and everything becomes blurry). It is not a big deal but if you are doing detailed eye makeup, any long-handled brushes could hit the mirror in the process.
- An option to keep the light on would be ideal. I store different types of makeup in different drawers and sometimes it takes more than 5 seconds to find what I am looking for. The light turning on and off every time I turn to look for things can prove inconvenient. To get around this, I have a clear piece of plastic tape hanging over the sensor area to keep the light on, and when I am done with the mirror, I just flip the tape to the other side of the mirror.
The Sensor Mirror also comes in a mini size (4.75-inch diameter; $130) with a 10x magnification which I think would be perfect for extremely close-up work (and tweezing!). The mirror folds down flat and fits in its protective travel case. I do not have the mini version to compare but my assumption is that with a smaller diameter and a 10x magnification, you probably won't be able to see your entire face at once. If I were to choose, I would pick the standard version instead. Additionally, there is a wall mount version of the standard size, too, which according to Simplehuman, is easy to install and does not require hard-wiring.
Is it worthy of the price?
Even with a few limitations, I will still say yes, without a doubt. The pros more than outweigh the cons. As a beauty blogger, it is necessary to take close-up photos of my makeup and the Sensor Mirror has been a great help in ensuring that my application is as flawless as possible. Another great thing about it is the fact that I do not have to rely on natural sunlight anymore. With the Sensor Mirror, I can apply my makeup in any lighting condition, even in a completely dark room!
I also love its ability to reflect the true color of my makeup so that I know whatever color I choose to apply on my face is the same color that people will see in daylight. It also helps when I have to describe the color with undertones so that I can give my readers the most correct description of the color as possible.
After having incorporated this mirror into my daily makeup routine, I don't think I can ever apply my makeup without it anymore, especially when it comes to detailed eye makeup. Being able to see everything enlarged, with a well-lit, bright light, gives me so much control and precision. To me, this is a necessary tool every makeup user should have for the most flawless application.
Have you tried the Sensor Mirror or any products by Simplehuman? What do you like most about the brand? What are you looking forward to trying most?
Disclosure: The mirror was provided for review consideration. All opinions expressed herein are honest and my own.