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July 24, 2019

Best Makeup Mirrors for Your Vanity: Simplehuman and Glamcor

Today I have a roundup of my favorite light-up mirrors for makeup application that I think are worth the splurge. If you don’t have consistently good natural light in your home or have a fully enclosed bathroom with no windows having a mirror with good lights makes a world of difference with makeup application. I’ve opted for smaller or more portable ones because they’re easier for me to move around. The ones with magnifying options are amazing for detail things like tweezing brows, applying liquid liner or mascara, etc. In today’s review:

  • Simplehuman 8 Inch Sensor Mirror Pro in Rose Gold
  • Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Wide
  • Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror by Glamcor
  • Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror


Simplehuman 8 Inch Sensor Mirror Pro

Simplehuman Round Sensor Pro Mirror 8 inch

The Simplehuman 8 Inch Round Sensor Pro ($250) is one I bought from the Nordstrom sale a couple years ago. I have the 8 Inch Round Sensor Mirror Pro in Rosegold featured in this post. For this year Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale option is the silver color $150 on sale (regular price is $250).

  • Mirror itself is 8 inches with 5x magnification
  • Comes with a magnetic 10x detail mirror which you can remove and attach in the back when not in use (so you don’t lose or misplace it)
  • Multiple light settings which are enabled through the simplehuman app (link your mirror or devices)
  • Settings can be adjusted to turn off at different intervals (from 5 seconds to 10 minutes)
  • Height is either 14 or 17 inches depending which way you flip the mirror

There are different light settings but I’ve only used the auto brightness auto setting. For me the best part is the magnifying mirror which makes a world of difference to see your face up close! I love that these simplehuman mirrors are so well made. They aren’t flimsy like the plastic ones and since they are on the heavy side they’re super stable.

The 10x magnifying attachment is nice to have but not a must for me. If you’re also like me and don’t think you’ll need it there are options that come without this feature.

If you’re in the market for one of these, I recommend looking at the Simplehuman website first to do some research to check out the different models. There are several variations of the 8 inch round option and it’s nice to get all the specs and side by sides from their website and check what the latest model/version is. Some have an adjustable base, others have different magnification specs. Their products are available at multiple retailers so you can definitely shop around if you prefer other stores for points, shipping options or to see in person etc.

My 8 Inch Round Pro in Rose Gold below

Simplehuman Round Sensor Mirror Pro Review Rose Gold


Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Wide

Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Wide View Review

As much as I love the round mirror and the magnifying power, the downside is that it’s hard to see your entire face. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to see your whole face rather than just a close up detail. The Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Wide* does the trick with larger rectangular panels. It is quite the splurge at $400 (available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Simplehuman and all Simplehuman retailers). Right now it is on sale at Nordstrom during the Anniversary Sale for $250. This one had been on my wish list for years and I held off for on this purchase because we did a lot of moving and traveling a couple years ago. Soon after we settled down into a new place I was ready to make the splurge but the simplehuman team reached out and gifted one. It was perfect timing. I am beyond thrilled to finally own one! I find the adjustable side panels really convenient so I can see the sides of my face easily. It’s large and on the heavy side but still easy to move around.

  • Wide sensor mirror with three panels
  • Middle panel measure approximately 10 inches tall by 13 inches wide (light strips are almost an inch wide each)
  • Side panels measure about 5.25 inches wide by 13 inches tall
  • Side panels are adjustable
  • Entire mirror bevels
  • Height is a little under 16 inches tall
  • Has different light settings and can mimic natural sunlight
  • Includes a magnetic attachment round mirror with 10x magnification

There are a few downsides to this mirror which aren’t a huge deal, but some I thought I’d mention based on my experience. One is the round magnetic mirror can only attach at the bottom portion of the center panel, it would be nice to move it around different areas. It is also fingerprint prone around the edges, but then again most mirrors are, so it’s not a deal breaker! It is on the heavy side but for me this is a must so it doesn’t get knocked over. I have a very naughty cat that likes to climb over everything and knock things over.

Simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Wide View Review via The Beauty Look Book


Riki Skinny Mirror by Glamcor

Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror review via The Beauty Look Book

above with lights off

Another mirror I use everyday is the Riki Skinny Mirror by Glamcor ($195, available at Beautylish). It has a wide panel, lights around the edges and is skinny/compact enough to travel with. The stand and edging is plastic making it super lightweight but it’s still sturdy enough to have some weight. I’ve tried some mirrors from a few other brands to see if I could find a more budget friendly alternative. You can definitely find options for less, but to me they felt too lightweight and very flimsy.

  • Measures 9.5 wide by 13 inches tall, mirror portion is about 10 inches tall
  • Has five brightness settings
  • Comes with a 3x magnetic mirror attachment
  • Has a magnetic phone clip if you want to film yourself or take selfies
  • Comes with an adjustable stand

Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror review via The Beauty Look Book

above with lights on

The Riki mirror came packaged in a large sturdy cardboard box and everything was well protected with inserts so it arrived in perfect condition. I kept the box for a year or so but have since tossed it. Every time I travel I always wish I had this mirror with me. I haven’t figured out a way to pack it yet, but next time I do I will be sure to keep you posted.

I like this one because it’s easy to see my whole face. The stand makes it easy to adjust. I love that it’s lightweight but has a high quality mirror and light system. It’s held up remarkably well and the mirror hasn’t scratched even though it’s gone through a lot of moving. It is definitely a splurge and you can find cheaper alternatives on Amazon. I had a few that I tried from Impressions Vanity that were a fraction of the price. They’re good for the price, but the quality and stability is just not the same. For me this was worth the splurge 100%.

Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror review via The Beauty Look Book

There are other variations as well including a Riki Cutie and Skinny Pink Set, a Riki Tall Version (super spendy), and a Cutie Compact version.


Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror

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Last but not least is one that I’ve received so many questions about. I try to tag and label everything when I can but sometimes miss things here and there. This really isn’t a makeup mirror so it’s not part of my top three, but I get so many questions about this Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirror I thought I’d do a quick FAQ. I bought the smallest version from Anthropologie online. It comes in a few other colors and size options. Mine is the 3′ option and measures 39.25 inches high and 39 inches wide. It is pretty heavy at 75 pounds. When I bought it I could not lift it myself, but thanks to some consistent weight training I can lift it all by myself now! I think it was 100% worth the splurge!


Simplehuman Round Sensor Mirror Pro Review Rose Gold

For those who have been asking for an updated mirror roundup and review I hope you found this helpful! If you’re in the market for Simplehuman mirrors the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a really good time to save on them. They do have a few deals during the holidays and past readers have found good coupons for Bed, Bath and Beyond.


If you have any makeup mirror favorites let me know in the comments! Would love to hear about the ones you’ve tried and your thoughts!


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  • realitygreene July 24, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    This post came at the perfect time! I’m moving into a new place soon and will finally, FINALLY have a vanity of my very own. So I have been meaning to research different mirrors. I really like the look of the Glamcor Riki Skinny Vanity Mirror. Price is reasonable and I love shopping from Beautylish so I think this will be the one I splurge on!

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Let me know what you end up getting!

  • Jaime DP July 24, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I got the Simple Human mirror and I love the clarity, BUT I find it annoying that it constantly turns on when the sensor ‘senses’ something! If my husband gets up in the night and walks past it on the vanity – Bam! Its on.

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      LOL, yes it’s pretty sensitive!

  • Effie Wong July 24, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I finally got a Simple Human round mirror at the Anniversary sale, it’s well worth it. I can see more clearly and blend my foundation better. I love it.

  • Cindy July 24, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    The Anthropologie mirror is my absolute favorite and it’s such a statement piece for my home. I always get compliments on it too! It’s a beast though and once I place it somewhere I basically don’t move it until my fiancé can help me haha. I always recommend that people snag it during Anthro’s sales – it helps a lot since it can be pricey!

    Cindy |

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Oh nice! Good to know it’s included in their sales! Some retailers have so many exclusions!

  • rachlovespenguins July 25, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I looked into the Simplehuman sensor mirror compact after you mentioned it last year, and I have to say that I love that little thing. It’s perfect for me since I was used to using a small mirror anyhow, and it makes getting ready in less than ideal lighting situations a piece of cake. The idea of paying more for a hand mirror than a Tom Ford lipstick did give me pause, but I’m very happy with my purchase and should I decide I want a larger mirror I definitely won’t hesitate to investigate their vanity/counter top models.

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Rach – love that you got and LOVE the mini simplehuman! It really does have amazing lighting 🙂

  • Naomi Shiek July 25, 2019 at 1:46 am

    I always thought that the lights around the Riki mirror were more decor than anything else. I can see how the Simple Human mirror’s light can actually be strong enough to light up your face, but the Riki mirror’s lights always looked like they would be too dim to be effective?

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      There might be different variations of the Riki / Glamcor mirrors. The skinny one has lights that are brighter than my simplehuman round one! There are different settings/intensities.

  • Catherine Shi July 25, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This is so helpful! I’m really excited there seems to be so many nicer options for free standing vanity mirrors now! My setup looks kind of similar to yours in that I have a large mirror (from Target) on my desk and a small makeup mirror from Juno (backed their kickstarter). I’ve never loved the Juno mirror though, and always hated how the different lighting options looked for applying makeup, even though my vanity is in a dark corner of our bedroom. I only use the back light as a desk lamp occasionally, but it’s also pretty annoying to keep charged since it’s usb only. I probably need to go in-store and get a feel for the different lighting options.

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Yes definitely check them out in store if you can! It makes such a huge difference to see the lighting in person.

  • Sophie July 25, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the info. I have several Simplehuman makeup mirrors and they are excellent for all the reasons you mentioned. I purchased the big Simplehuman panel pro mirror on sale at Nordstrom recently but like many reviewers, couldn’t get the blue tooth to work on the app and you need that to modify the lighting so I will be returning the mirror. I use two Simplehuman round mirrors in front of my Vanity Impressions big makeup lights mirror and will continue with that. The Riki Skinny was on sale several months ago, buy one and get a second for 50 percent off. I have also tried several very low priced makeup mirrors under $20.00 on Amazon and while they are good for travel the lighting is not nearly as good. I found a very light extremely slim profile laptop bag on Amazon that i place the Riki in for travel. The brand is Inatek 14 inch laptop bag for under $20.00, color is light grey and orange trim. The interior is felt so it protects the mirror, and I place the stand in the side pocket.

    • BeautyLookBook July 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Sophie – thanks for the tip on the travel storage idea for the Riki Skinny! Sorry the simplehuman didn’t work for you but glad you can return it!

  • Yourbeautypantry July 26, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Wow these mirrors are so cool. I want it all.

  • Andrea Mazzola July 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Mine just broke recently, and I’ve been looking to purchase a new one! Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan July 30, 2019 at 4:16 am

    I love my lighted makeup mirror. I like having one side that is magnified. Great post.

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