Prior to receiving the mirror from Pebble Grey I had the No 7 Illuminated Make Up Mirror so I was keen to see how they would compare especially as there is a significant price difference. The Pebble Grey mirror retails at around the £80 mark which is somewhat eye watering I must admit and luckily it has been available half price recently which unfortunately is why it is currently out of stock so you this is one of those frustrating reviews where I'll sing the praises of a product you might struggle to get your hands on.
Initially I'd say there was nothing overtly different in the two mirrors but when you lift Pebble Grey's version it is far more weighty attesting one presumes to higher quality materials and standards. Both mirrors are on a chrome base, Pebble Grey's being 'high quality polished chrome', Boots make no reference to the materials of the base nor the lighting for that matter although we'll get to that shortly and the first difference is that Boots offer a dimmer and Pebble Grey do not, theres is simple an on/off switch. For me a mirror of this type is used when plucking eyebrows and such, not to create ambient lighting so a dimmed light is not something I need. In fact as the dimmer is turned completely for it to be off on the Boots mirror you need to ensure you hear the off click or you can find your mirror on at a dull light if rushing off in a hurry.
On the subject of light source the Pebble Grey mirror was noticeably brighter. I can put this down to the 'LED technology' or my Boots mirror's age and I'm not a professional enough to comment on either (I actually googled LED technology to try and shed some light and I'm none the wiser) beyond saying again that the Pebble Grey lighting was brighter and gave a clearer view, which was a little scary but great as I got sidetracked pulling my face around looking for things to pick or pluck at thanks to the magnifying mirrors.
The brighter lighting, and lets be honest this is a swanky luxury priced mirror means it's now found it's home on my dressing table but it's not without some faults. The power cable is shorter than the Boots version which has meant I need to reshuffle things on my dressing table and it doesn't sit exactly where I'd like it. Obviously first world problems and it's only as I sit typing this post I'm consciously reminded of this fact but I do wonder when electrical companies, when we're in a world of 'wireless' they insist on chaining us within feet of plug sockets.
My next grip is in part due to where I've had to put the mirror in situ and a design 'flaw'. I stand at my dressing table so it was always helpful that the Boots mirrors 'head' would swivel so I could move to a placement that suited me. The Pebble Grey offering does not move. In fact when I first started using it I wasn't aware that the mirror swivelled so I thought it was static and I was actually ready to swap the mirrors back over as I was finding myself in an uncomfortable bent position. I then realise the mirror would tilt which has made things easier but it's not perfect. I can till back or forth and it is useable but the light is static and it would be far easier if the whole head moved but it's something I can get over for the length of time I will be using it for certainly tasks but paired with the short electric wire it does mean it's not very flexible.
As I already said the Pebble Grey mirror is sadly out of stock but it's certainly worth holding out for if you are looking for something higher end and the lighting is second to none you might want to check out the full range of LED mirrors if you're in the middle of bathroom renovations.
Do you have such a mirror on your dressing table?
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