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As I am sure you are all aware, I am Betty Boop mad and whilst I initially intended only to collect figurines other items seem to have found their way into my house. As the product I intend to review wasn't in Dooyoo's extensive catalogue a suggestion was made and subsequently approved to enable me to advise you of my Betty Boop Compact Mirror, which was given to me by my sister as a birthday present in September of 2009.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT AND MY OPINION
The item I own is identical to the photograph I provided to Dooyoo as shown above and displays a cute image of the loveable Betty blowing a kiss. Whilst I own so many tubes and bottles of various make up items, one product I did not own was a make up mirror and I really cannot think why, particularly as I always like to top up my lippy after I've stopped for refreshments whilst out shopping. Consequently, I would find myself using the rear of my mobile phone, which didn't really provide much of a reflection, so I was relying on hubby to inform me that my lippy did not resemble that of Coronation Street's famous Hilda Ogden! For the younger readers I would advise that Hilda favoured applying her lipstick solely to the centre of her lips!
The metal compact is squared shaped with curved edges and measures 6 cm with a narrow chrome coloured border running around its' edges. It is quite heavy in weight, which surprised me somewhat so I am of the opinion that it is made from high quality materials. The background colour is black where we see the repeated words "oop a doop", which if you are familiar with Betty, you will be aware that this is one of her catchphrases. The bottom left hand corner displays an image of red lips, which gives us the illusion that Betty has planted a smacker on the compact!
The lower section of the mirror provides us with two metal clips, which are opened like any other compact mirror where we push the one clip downwards whilst pushing the other upwards. The rear of the mirror provides a sturdy hinge and will open to an approximate 270 degrees angle where we are presented with two mirrors with the upper mirror being a normal mirror and the lower one being somewhat magnified. The lower mirror is simply perfect for applying mascara to the corner of my eyes or when I need to pluck my eyebrows, as whilst I have good eyesight, I find locating those stray hairs somewhat of a struggle! The clip on the lower section clips tightly close so you have the assurance that the glass is protected within.
On the rear of the mirror is a little information about the manufacturer, namely The Hearst Holdings Inc, who are the owners of the Betty Boop Trademark and on the lower right hand section is a small image of Betty that has been etched into the metal. I would advise that if you cannot locate either the name of the manufacturer or the Betty Boop image your item is not genuine. As compact mirrors that I owned years ago would tarnish rather quickly, particularly if I dropped them into my make up bag I ensure that this mirror is stored in my handbag where I place it into one of the side pockets for safe-keeping. I would advise that there are no signs of wear and tear and I have scrutinised around the entire edges of the mirrors, as this is where they tend to start to turn black, but I can see nothing and in my opinion, my mirror looks as good now as the day my sister presented it to me.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
There are dozens upon dozens of Betty Boop mirrors currently on Amazon (as at February 2011), but unfortunately, I cannot see this exact one. However, if you are interested, I would advise to keep an eye out, as there are hundreds of retailers on eBay who sell Betty Boop merchandise and you can purchase this cute little compact for around £6.00.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.