//HiMirror Mini Premium – a pitiless oracle that points out every one of my wrinkles and spots

HiMirror Mini Premium – a pitiless oracle that points out every one of my wrinkles and spots

This smart mirror is beautifully engineered and technically mesmerising, but there is such a thing as too much information

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the most acne-prone of them all? “RHETORICAL QUESTION LOL” I’m thinking bitterly, staring into this week’s device. HiMirror Mini Premium (€259 [£240], himirror.com) is a smart surface that analyses your skin, presenting a breakdown of wrinkles, red spots, dark spots, dark circles, fine lines, pores and roughness. Every day for a week I have been looking into this pitiless oracle – and the news is never good. I may have hidden depths, but my sallow is all too visible. The mirror keeps flashing up bits of rude advice, telling me to get more calories from peanut butter, or informing me my outer skin “loses moisture easily, as it is composed of the oldest and driest cells”. Right to my face. It might as well be calling me Ol’ Wonken Chops.

In its favour, HiMirror is technically mesmerising. You line up your face to a virtual mask and it snaps a picture of you to analyse. The mirror is a mirror – unless you choose to magnify your face by x2 or a horrific x3, in which case it switches to a tablet-style camera in selfie mode. It displays weather and news snippets. (Deeply weird to be given the latest on Kashmir when obsessing over your pores.) You can connect to Spotify and watch beauty tutorials on YouTube.

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Read more: theguardian.com