Magnification mirrors are usually rated with a number and the times sign: x. For example, you may see 3x, 5x, 7x, or 15x. This rating method makes people wonder if 1x means some magnification or none.
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What is a 1x Magnification Mirror?
A 1x magnification mirror is basically a mirror that does not have magnification. 1 times anything equals the same thing, so it’s the same here. 1 times the regular strength of the mirror is still a regular mirror.
In fact, there are other blogs that incorrectly claim that 1x means there’s a slight magnification, when it doesn’t mean that, at all.
You should also note that 1x magnification will usually allow you to see your whole face, whereas a higher magnification will only allow you to view the features that you zero in on, not your whole face.
Other Names for a 1x Magnification Mirror
Instead of the label 1x, you will sometimes see other terms used for these mirrors, including:
- a plain mirror
- non-magnified mirror
- no magnification mirror
- a flat mirror (The word “flat” is used because mirrors with magnification are concave – curved inward.)
However, these terms all mean the same thing. Your features will not be magnified in the reflection, hence 1x magnification.
If you require a magnified mirror for fine tasks such as makeup application, shaving, or tweezing, you’ll need to choose a rating higher than 1x.
Why is 1x Used in the Product Description of Makeup Mirrors?
All of this may leave you wondering why this term (1x) is used at all if it leads to confusion. It certainly does make it look like the mirror has some level of magnification, when in fact, it doesn’t.
The answer to that actually has to do with the limited space available for product descriptions on sales platforms.
Let me explain.
When a seller has to enter the product description for something they’re selling, they are given a limited number of words to use.
They want to get the most information into that space with the least amount of words. So, you can see that 1x is a lot shorter to write than non-magnified. It leaves the seller more room for other information.
Here’s an example:
An Example of a 1x Makeup Mirror
Often, if a mirror is double-sided, with one plain side and the other magnified, you’ll see 1x used in the description for the plain side.
A good example is:
The Fancii LED Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror with 1x/10x Magnification
This highly-rated and popular mirror is double-sided, with one plain side (1x) and the other 10x magnification. It takes up far less space in the product description to write 1x/10x, rather than other longer terms.
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So, as you can see, 1x magnification simply means that the mirror is flat and doesn’t have any curve to give it magnification. It’s just a plain old mirror that will reflect your features in their true size.