When I was at Toy Fair this past February I got a chance to preview the new Barbie iPad makeup mirror for the first time. For little girls who love makeup and mom’s who can’t stand spending money on real makeup with ridiculous colors or the mess that it makes in the bathroom, then this toy is for you! Watch the video below of me receiving my own makeover by Barbie herself at Toy Fair, and Mattel has graciously provided a free sample for me to review and another to giveaway!
To use this toy, the iPad is placed inside the digital makeup mirror stand. Once the free app is downloaded a parent will need to make sure the toy is recognizable through bluetooth in the settings app on the iPad. Then once it is paired successfully, the app can be launched. Using the camera on the iPad, their image will display on the screen. Girls can choose from a variety of pre-designed makeup faces or design their own. If they decide to put on their own make-up, they can touch various colors and glitter options on the palette, then choose where to apply the makeup on themselves, at their eyebrows, cheeks or lips. After they decide, they can then apply “makeup” to themselves with the included stylus. With facial recognition, the makeup will appear on their image on the iPad in the proper location. When the person’s face moves on the screen, the makeup will also stay in place. Aside from makeup, through tapping participants can add sunglasses, hair bows, tiaras, earrings, jewelry, stickers, conversation bubbles, backgrounds, frames and all sorts of accessories. They can re-size the accessories and even have the option to save their image in the photo roll of the iPad.
It was easy to place the iPad into the stand and a little harder to remove it, so you may want to supervise young children while manipulating the iPad for safety. You’ll want to have 3 “AA” batteries on hand, I use rechargeable batteries in most toys these days. There is an indicator on the top right hand corner of the screen that will let you know how much battery life is left. The makeup mirror has additional lights built-in to improve the lighting when taking pictures, but the app still works well in low-light situations. The images can be put into a digital scrapbook or emailed, tweeted, printed, posted to Facebook or texted from the Camera roll.