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A mirror with benefits?

Natalie Hemengül
Natalie Hemengül
Zurich, on 02.09.2021
Translation: Jessica Johnson-Ferguson

Mirrors have just one job. To reflect my reflection. But a few extras can’t hurt, right?

Mirrors are like toothpaste. They’re means to an end and not something the shopaholic in me gets excited about. However, the model Ailoria did pique my curiosity. Not only because it’s pink – the dominant colour at my place – but also because it has more to offer than just the reflection of my face. At least that’s what the product description says.

A mirror with multiple jobs.
A mirror with multiple jobs.

But what sets apart plastic «Belle» from your standard cosmetic mirror?

Built-in beauty light

This self-proclaimed beauty reminds me of a small tablet and is equipped with an LED frame. It’s a cold, white beauty light that lights up my face when I’m putting on makeup or plucking my eyebrows in a dimly lit room. A USB cable and USB adapter are included to charge the battery. The mirror is switched on and off by lightly tapping the light bulb icon on the mirror. My first impression of this feature: weak! I wish it were a little stronger. Or at least adjustable.

Unfortunately, the LED frame only serves a decorative purpose when put into practice.
Unfortunately, the LED frame only serves a decorative purpose when put into practice.

Adjustable holder and storage

What’s way handier than the light is the storage box with its retractable holder. While I can keep bits and bobs or beauty stuff in the box, the holder lets me prop up the mirror or my smartphone. A very practical feature when you’re trying to follow beauty tutorials.

The holder is adjustable.
The holder is adjustable.
I can prop up my phone instead of the mirror and watch makeup tutorials.
I can prop up my phone instead of the mirror and watch makeup tutorials.

The mount has seven settings that change the angle of the mirror as needed. You can also fully retract it and use the mirror as a lid to cover the storage box.

There’s a USB port at the back of the mirror.
There’s a USB port at the back of the mirror.
The beauty case is great for keeping small things like jewellery.
The beauty case is great for keeping small things like jewellery.

I’ve got to admit, «Belle» is more than just decoration. But is it worth spending almost 60 francs for a few extra functions? Hardly. I’ll stick to my standard cosmetic mirror with its one and only reason for existing: to mirror.

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As a massive Disney fan, I see the world through rose-tinted glasses. I worship series from the 90s and consider mermaids a religion. When I’m not dancing in glitter rain, I’m either hanging out at pyjama parties or sitting at my make-up table. P.S. I love you, bacon, garlic and onions. 


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