I am permanently attached to my mobile. It's a bit of a standing joke. On our wedding day hubby threatened to throw my BlackBerry out of a window if he saw it. I on the other hand, threatened to have a special mobile-holster attached to my garter. It got worse when I upgraded to a HTC which seems deliberately designed to do everything from a diary, a post-it note, a compact-mirror...
If I ever do need to touch up my makeup I usually reach for my phone, scroll to my mirror app and hope that I am somewhere bright enough for the camera on the front of the phone to pick up anything other than just a dim blurr. It's far from ideal.
So when the team at Pebble Grey asked me if I'd like to review their illuminated cosmetic mirror I thought it would be great to see how a "proper" mirror compared to what I'd been attempting to use.
The mirror was a lot more elegant than I was expecting. After visiting the Pebble Grey website and seeing their range of large mirrors and bathroom cabinets, I had assumed that the mirror might be a little unwieldy, when in fact it easily fits in the palm of my hand.
The mirror itself offers subtle magnification, and is embedded with battery operated blue-white LEDs that are under the surface of the glass and switch on when the mirror is opened. The little lights make the mirror great for those times when you wished for just a little extra light to dab on that mascara (after all, no one likes panda eyes...), and are so much better than my mobile.
The one thing I wasn't a fan of was the quality of the hinge on the compact. It seems to be sturdy (I've used the mirror a lot in the last few weeks and it's still as strong as ever), but the whole of hinge bracket is made of the same plastic as the rest of the unit which somehow cheapens the look of the mirror. It would have been nice if the hinge had been made of metal or something, just to round-off the quality feel.
But over all I like the mirror. It comes in a pretty box, and is supplied with a little black bag for
easy storage. I think it would be a great little present for those relatives
who are really difficult to buy for... although when they see the box
the recipient might think you're giving them jewellery...!
The Pebble Grey Illuminated Cosmetic Mirror is currently available for £14.99.
Disclosure: I was sent the mirror for the purposes of this review, however all opinions expressed are my own and are honest. Links have been included out of courtesy.