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'My 40-year-old eyes need this': A magnifying mirror is a travel must-have — and this fan-fave is down to $8

Have you ever fallen victim to super-poor lighting while traveling, making it difficult to apply makeup or go about your skincare routine? Yeah, us too. We've long been on the hunt for a solution, and this shopper favorite hits the nail on the head: It's the Kintion Pocket Mirror, which offers magnification and LED lights for a full vanity experience in a pocket-sized package. It comes with a pocket-sized price, too — this Amazon top-seller is on sale now for just $8 in some colors with an on-page coupon.

You get two mirrors in one with this savvy compact: one at regular 1x magnification, and one at 3x magnification for allllll the details.

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$8 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

I always travel with a lighted mini-mirror, and $8 is the lowest price the Kintion Pocket Mirror has ever been, so grab it now if you're looking for a valuable travel helper. The Kintion does the trick, because it's frustrating to be stuck in hotel rooms with dim lighting and hard-to-access mirrors that make putting on makeup a challenge at best.

Why do I need this?

If you don't have excellent eyesight (or, in some cases, miraculous night vision), you will benefit from a lighted magnifying mirror when you apply makeup, check your hair and tackle your skincare routine on the road. The Kintion Pocket Mirror provides a portable, two-sided compact (with each mirror side measuring a generous 3.3 by 2.5 inches) that is ideal for slipping into your purse or weekender. One side has normal magnification, while the other side features 3x magnification so you can better see the details. Whether you're using this for travel or as part of your everyday routine, you'll always be able to see the little things — even if your eyes aren't quite what they used to be.

The non-magnified side has eight small LED lights, ideal for doing your makeup or diffusing the light while using the 3x magnification side. To use the LEDs, just flip a switch in the back and you're all set. The compact takes two 3-volt lithium batteries, which reviewers confirm are included with the mirror.

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Light up your life with this super-smart, super-affordable LED travel mirror. (Amazon)

What reviewers say:

More than 8,000 Amazon reviewers have given the Kintion Pocket Mirror a perfect five-star rating, with many shoppers highlighting its magnification and brightness. "I cannot live without this mirror — my 40-year-old eyes need this to put mascara on!" exclaimed one happy customer. "[It] has a regular mirror side and a magnified side. Best mirror to throw in your bag and go!"

"It's light, compact and super cute," commented another shopper. "The lights are super bright and it’s the perfect size to slip into a purse or backpack." Another five-star fan called the compact "small but mighty," sharing that it has "wonderful bright makeup mirror lights. I love the color I picked and it will be super handy when traveling," like when "some hotels don’t have mirrors in the room so you have to wait to put on makeup while others are showering."

This final thoughtful traveler noted that while they felt "the light function was too bright," otherwise they "love this mirror ... I got it for my travel makeup bag because my last compact broke; I really love how small and slim it is ... I take it with me everywhere."

Snap up this battery-powered compact while it's on sale — choose from black, pink (pictured), cyan and more.

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$8 at Amazon

If you'd prefer a rechargeable option, that's also on sale (in pink) from Kintion:

This compact features adjustable LED lights and will work for up to 12 hours on a single charge.

$13 at Amazon

"This mirror is so good for your cosmetic bag," said one shopper. "It's small but not too small. I love that it lights up. The charge for the lights lasts forever. Makes a great gift as well."

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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