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Mariella Avatar

Very, very rarely. If we’re away somewhere and the lighting is abysmal (as it often is in hotel rooms or even in other people’s bathrooms when we’re away staying with friends), I will take something with an included mirror over to a window to do or at least check my makeup.

Andrea Avatar

I certainly do! They’re not my main mirror but I find them very handy for having a little looksy in a place where the light’s better to check everything’s in the right place. If I’m reeeeeally late and I leave without any makeup on I might use those to apply concealer/corrector/blush or to add something (like mascara).
I also find them very handy for checking whether a new foundation is the perfect shade because I find the lighting in shops can be very misleading. Last but not least… I use them to check how my “moustache” is coming along! hahah!

zizzie Avatar

I use a magnifying mirror, so I can’t stand mirrors in products because it makes them heavy for travel when every palette has a mirror. I remove them.

Lucie Avatar

I will if I’m traveling or doing a touch-up away from home (but I rarely touch up cause I just can’t be bothered). Otherwise I don’t because I find that the more I pick and maneuver a product while I’m using it, the more likely I am to accidentally hit something with a fingernail and take a chunk out of my product. I’m pretty much just an accident waiting to happen.

Lesley Avatar

I never use them, not even when I travel (because I bring a mirror with me these days). Since they cannot be recycled, I wish they were not included as a matter of course. Surely some clever designer could figure out a way to design palettes so that a separately purchased mirror could be inserted for those who want them.

Helena Avatar

Thought about this yesterday while taking the film off the eensy little mirrors in the Smoke Reflects…I don’t. I like to use a magnifying mirror (the closer the better) and then periodically check my work in context of my whole face with a tabletop mirror.
I know many people do use the mirrors in their palettes and compacts, but apparently the inclusion of mirrors makes packaging harder (if not impossible?) to recycle. They probably also add to the weight of a product; not significant when you’re just carrying around one, but maybe adds up when you’re shipping palettes of them in boats and vehicles that consume gas…

AJ Avatar

In the past I’ve frequently had to use them. As an amateur dancer who has traveled to various events to perform, sometimes I don’t have access to a mirror and lighting, especially if a lot of dancers are sharing a small space. And sometimes, I’ll be at home and I want to put on my makeup while watching some on the TV in the background, or I’m trying to follow a tutorial on my computer or whatever. Sometimes I’ll have a separate makeup mirror I can use but other times I don’t have the space to set it up so I work out of a palette mirror. But it’s never IDEAL.

Debbie Avatar

If the mirror is included with a pressed powder, and the compact is actually pretty, I will use it. Otherwise, I have two mirrors that I use for makeup application that work just fine for me. I do keep an old Mineral Fusion compact with a mirror close by in case I get something in my eye, though, and to check my lipstick before I leave the house.

Nikki Avatar

I use some palette mirrors, if the palette’s size allows me to hold it easily in one hand, but I also have a compact with a standard-magnification mirror in the top and a 3x mag mirror in the bottom in daily use. It’s the Revlon compact where the lid has the vintage cursive Revlon font laid over a pink, blue, green, and yellow graffiti pattern.

Helene Avatar

I used to back before eye primers was a thing and I had to touch up the eyeshadows, a thing I had to do 3-4 times a day, I had, and still have oily lids.
These days I use a magnifying mirror, as my eye sight isn’t what it used to be. I check the whole look in a stand up mirror on the vanity. I had a lovely mirror, with daylight bulbs around it, Hollywood Glam kind of thing. Last year we had a storm and the mirror fell to the floor, I need to replace the mirror and buy new lightbulbs, but I keep forgetting.
So in short, these days I might use one in a blotting powder compact or if one is included with the blotting papers (Chanel) when I check my lipstick. Most of the time I have a separate little mirror that lives in my handbag.

adonna Avatar

Really?
As a mirror nearly never.
As a palette, for mixing product, uh…. yeah, why not?
It’s so convenient, wipe down with alcohol and go.
saves space in the kit, and is already there
I guess if you think of it as an eyeshadow palette, that’s all it is.

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