Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mirror Mirror

Makeup Mirror Life Dec 4 1970
Life, December 4, 1970
So did these ladies actually use the True-to-Light II or what? Because they all look a little bit orange. Especially the one in front. Maybe they set the True-to-Light to the festive Holiday Canned Pumpkin setting.

I must tell you that I really do have one of these. My mother got it for me when I was about to go to college, I think - so mine is from the late 1970s. I liked wearing makeup back then. I had quite a collection of orangey lip gloss and maroon and green glitter eyeshadows, all sorts of strange 1970s cosmetics. But the mirror itself - which looks exactly like the one in this ad - well, the lighting was supposed to be indoor, outdoor, day or evening and - it all looked the same. Pretty much. Some settings were a tiny bit brighter, I don't recall which. And the mirror bit would swing around whenever you tried to adjust the light, like a revolving door.

It's up in a closet somewhere and I am too lazy to go hunt around for it and then plug it in. At least I never wore foundation or fake tanner, so I mat have had green sparkly eyelids, but at least I never looked like I was second cousin to a pumpkin pie.

Here's a great 1972 commercial for the True-to-Light, shot in a weird pinkish haze (goes with orange!). It features the immortal line: "Unfortunately, most American women look best in the bathroom."


Marcheline said...

The only thing better than that line is the pseudo-slinky lounge lizard voice on the announcer! Makes me want to take a shower.

vanilla said...

"Unfortunately, most American women look best in the bathroom."

So who's ever seen enough women in that setting to make that call?

ღ Amanda, 15, Funäsdalen said...

Was going to ask you how you got the tabs at the header? I have wanted had it a long time now but do not know what to do.

Kath Lockett said...

Love the article and love the comments! I'd rather a mirror with more realistic settings, such as:
* just woke up but don't want to be frightened
* hangover cure
* yes, you're forty now but you don't look it
* weight gain schweight gain!

FreshHell said...

Wow. My mother had one of these. I liked to play with the settings. I think one of them was "ghoulish" for extra scary nose shadows.

P.L. Frederick said...

My grandmother had this. I used to play with it all the time. I remember the light changing from warm (yellows) to cold (blues) but maybe that's only my memory playing Remembering Tricks.

Thanks for the Most Awesome bathroom-women line ever.

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

Jennifer said...

My mother had one, too. I loved to play with it. Used to get in trouble for playing with it, too. I thought it was so neat how the color would change from yellowish to blueish. If I'd been braver, I'd probably have taken it apart.