|Life, December 4, 1970|
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."