My dressing table may be full of beauty products that are innovative, forward thinking and super helpful, but often that doesn’t translate to the understated items I rely on every day to get the job done: namely my mirror. What was once an incredibly functional piece of kit, that was chosen more for aesthetics than anything else, is currently receiving a resurgence of interest thanks to the increasing amount of technology being injected into reflective surfaces; no longer just a basic bit of hardware you could pick up for a few quid, mirrors are now big business – with SuperHuman’s Smart Mirror setting you back a whopping £299.99 and ‘bathroom mirror TVs’ going for nearly £1000.00.
Although achieving natural daylight with the help of your mirror is a top priority of many (because, believe it or not, most makeup mistakes are caused by bad lighting!) they’re increasingly offering a whole host of integrated functions that will keep you intentionally at your dressing table a little longer, while supporting your wider beauty regime. The new HiMirror* is the perfect example of just that, offering not only a supporting hand with your daily makeup choices, but helping to identify your specific skin needs and tracking your progress over time. But is it just a gimmick, or does this genuinely offer something worth parting with over a hundred quid for?
On a basic level, the HiMirror is a great mirror. The size is perfect for your dressing table or bathroom, with a compact stand that enables you to move and tilt the mirror to suit your needs; the light is bright enough to ensure flawless makeup application in every scenario, with adding dimming functionality and a choice of five ‘scenes’ providing the perfect match to your environment; the zoom functionality enables you to create makeup looks that are super precise, and definitely helps with liquid eyeliner!
There are lots of other fun elements to the touch-screen smart mirror too, including the fact you can link it to your social accounts to get notifications and post pictures direct from the device, a ‘makeup try on’ function that helps you experiment and find different colours that work with your own unique colouring, the ability to play music as you get ready and even a split-screen function that allows you to watch YouTube videos and recreate them at the mirror simultaneously.
But what’s super interesting is the fact that it has a built-in skin analyser that takes photos of your complexion in order to analyse them for a multitude of concerns, including visible pores, fine lines, dark circles, pigmentation issues and redness. Very similar to the assessments you often get at beauty counters and in spas, the HiMirror pinpoints areas and highlights areas of issue while ranking their severity; although it’s not exactly delightful to see your fine lines picked up and pinpointed so brutally, it’s also useful if you want to start targeting them and see the difference your skincare can make over time.
Which brings me onto the next function of the HiMirror: the ability to create your own ‘beauty box’, track the impact of your skincare and find recommendations. Interestingly you can scan the barcodes of your current products to create a virtual bathroom cabinet, which also (ingeniously) includes their expiration dates – something I haven’t seen any other piece of beauty tech offer before now. So simple, yet so effective.
Great if you easily lose track of what you’ve got and when you should use it by, the HiMirror allows you to pinpoint the products you have in use while providing you with an analysis of skin progress since you’ve been trying it; this is where the skin analysis and the beauty box functions collide, allowing you to really see the impact of that expensive skin cream on your fine lines or whether or not something unexpected has hailed a positive result. (It displays as a plus or minus percentage next to each product so you can easily identify where you’re making progress.)
As someone who tries so many things and struggles to keep track, it’s often so hard to pinpoint the products that really make a difference – especially when that difference is so micro. The HiMirror would really help with that, but only if you commit to using it fully for the duration and remember to regularly analyse your skin. I’m going to definitely be using it in the coming months and it will certainly aid in my skincare reviews moving forward.
I feel like I’ve just scraped the surface of the HiMirror and discovered only a small number of the functions it offers, but initially I think it’s a fun way for beauty addicts to amplify their routine and ensure they’re getting the most of their dressing table moments. Yes, it’s an expensive gadget and yes, it really is a bit gimmicky, but if you’re into that kind of thing it’s probably an absolute dream. Undoubtedly many of the functions would go unused on a daily (or probably even weekly) basis, but it definitely has its positives if you’re into gadgets and gizmos.
Personally I find the design a bit out of date and some of the functions a bit young, especially as so much of it is focused on skincare and tracking the progress of issues caused by ageing, but the smart mirror automatically downloads updates (as it’s connected to WiFi) so I’m sure this will change moving forward. I hope some of the social integration will improve, and that it becomes easier to search and shop for the products you want; I also hope the quality of the camera improves, as it has a tendency to go blue and not always pick up detail if the back lighting isn’t great. But this is still a relatively new-to-market product with so much opportunity to create something truly special.
You can get cheaper basic mirrors and you can get much pricier ones, it just depends on what offers value to you. Nobody *needs* a smart mirror, but if you can justify $149.00 on one then the HiMirror is definitely worth checking out.
Would you love to track your skincare progress from your dressing table? Would you spend this much on a smart mirror? I’d love to know your thoughts!
The HiMirror Mini* is available online, priced $149.00 (approx £115.00)
*AD: gifted with no obligation to feature.
Read about another smart mirror I reviewed here.