True story: My bathroom lighting is bad. But when you bought a fixer upper in New Jersey, be patient with upgrades, eventually you will be going to the great expense to change out a fixture or two.
And, of course, the most problematic part of lighting is either in the type of bulbs or the color of the bathroom. In other words, it’s hard to pull off even an amateur-level makeup application when the lighting is dim.
This top-of-the-line mirror features a 5x magnified view, but more importantly, it comes with what SimpleHuman dubs their “tru-lux light system,” which simulates natural sunlight so you never get too heavy-handed (or imprecise) with your eyeshadow or foundation. SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi
Here’s how it changed my morning/ evening routine.
It has turned me into an even better multi-tasker. The typical morning is…rushed. My husband has to get ready. I usually have about 17 minutes to shower, dry my hair, do my makeup and get dressed before I have to make breakfast and devote all my attention to my Pomeranian Teddy and my husband to see him off. (If I don’t, his food bowl will stay empty, then he is barking to get my attention to feed him.) The SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi—which features a custom-designed smart speaker that syncs with Alexa using Bluetooth—I link it to my phone so I can stay in the loop of the news and any updates. I end up going to my glam room and close out the chaos in the process as I go about my routine, allowing me to get my daily dose of news and updates (at least, whatever fits into the span of 17 minutes) at the same time.
My makeup (and skincare) application is so much more exact. That 5x magnification is no joke. You can see every imperfection from a dry fleck of mascara lodged just below your lash line to the earliest signs of a blemish threatening to burst through. The tru-lux lighting is also a beast—illuminating the exact coordinates I missed with my foundation. In fact, it was this combination of hyper magnification and natural light that helped me truly see the chronic impact of an ineffective moisturizer against my overly dry winter skin. (I booked a 90 Minute Ultamate Facial with Ulta for further intel on my patchy redness and she recommended swapping my cream-based product for a face oil in addition to trying Gua Sha to clear out toxins wreaking havoc on my face. My skin has dramatically improved.)
Bonus: The mirror serves as a nightlight. Yep, the free smartphone app that pairs with the device gives you more detailed control on your mirror’s settings—including a special “night shift” mode that allows you to schedule an automatic switch to candlelight that activates every time you get up to pee. Kind of great.
Is it worth the $400 price tag? That all depends on your lighting situation at home. But, in my case, I do have a Beauty Glam room and depending the time of the day the lighting can be amazing or not so good. My morning routine infinitely is so much better, not to mention my confidence when—face full of precisely applied makeup—I step out the door.