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Useful but a couple of flaws
on March 31, 2013
I have only used this a little, since I don't do a lot of makeup (I'm so beautiful already . . . ). I did find it quite useful for examining one's eyes to get things out of them, etc., as I could get much closer than I could to a wall mirror, and the 5x magnification side helped even more.
The basic construction seems about average for this price range of items. There are many features which could come in handy, like the filters to alter the color balance of the light to check one's makeup for different lighting conditions.
I would not consider this an item for traveling, but rather for a fairly fixed placement on a vanity. Short of a regular makeup mirror and desk, I think it could be quite useful for applying makeup, especially if one is a little short of space.
I liked the AC outlet on the front for other appliances, like a hair dryer or curling iron.
There were only 2 flaws that I could see. The first one is that when folded flat, there was no way to secure the loser part of the stand on the back, and it would flop all over the place when moving the mirror, unless you held it in place. A minor quibble, but potential problematic.
The other thing I didn't like was the fact that the light bulbs were not user-replaceable. In this day and age, there is not excuse for that. The 6 inch fluorescent bulbs are still fairly common, and being able to replace them yourself when they fail (as they will fail) should be a given. It is pretty ridiculous to have to send this in or take it to some rare repair center just to change a light.
Those 2 flaws cost a star.