Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Firmoo Sunglasses Review or "How to review sunglasses when the sun has apparently died."

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Firmoo.com to try out a pair of sunglasses and review them. I said okay, they sent me the glasses and...

Every. Single. Day. Since.

So, how does one review sunglasses when the Michigan weather is being so very Michigan-y?

You have to get creative.


What am I getting for my money?

When you order glasses from Firmoo.com, they come with a lot of accessories:


The glasses came in the blue plastic case, and they really put a lot of bubble wrap in there to keep them safe. So, if you're wondering, "Hey, if I order glasses from these people, will they come to me as expensive shards?" the answer is no. They will get to you in one piece. They will also come with a cool black drawstring pouch, a chamois thinger for cleaning, and a really awesome eyeglass screwdriver and extra screws.

And of course, you also get some nice glasses.

So, how do they look?


Pretty freakin' sweet is how they look.


Pretty. Freakin'. Sweet.

How do they work?

Well, since I've angered the gods and the dark one has devoured the sun, I've only really been able to test them out on the computer screen. But that's also the place I use sunglasses the most, so six of one, half-dozen of the other, I guess. Due to my numerous and sexy medical problems, I have real issues with my eyes that make it difficult to stare into a bright screen all day. So, it's a good thing my job requires me to stare into a bright screen all day. What I really like about these particular sunglasses is that they're not tinted brown. They have a blue gradient tint that slowly becomes clear toward the bottom. I found that this greatly reduced the strain on my eyes. I was protected from the glare on the screen, but I wasn't straining to see through a muddy brown tint. I'll probably use this pair all the time now.

TL;DR review: things are notably dimmer.

Does this place have a lot of different styles? I'm kind of picky.

I was surprised at the number of styles they had, and that each style had a number of color options. At first, I started looking at the site, going, "None of these are my style," but then I noticed you could change the color options on pretty much every pair. I bet you can find a pair that you like.

Also, they have separated out their "nerd" glasses into their own category, so you can find the nerdiest possibly glasses, if that's what you're going for. And if you're reading this blog, that's probably what you're going for.

What's the quality when compared to other sunglasses at the same price?

The glasses they sent me retail for $49 USD. They are plastic with metal ornaments. The plastic is light, so it's super comfortable, but it doesn't feel chintzy or brittle. The lenses aren't loose and they don't creak or pop when you lightly flex them. Compared to a pair of aluminum framed ones I have from another brand for about the same price, these are far superior in terms of comfort and durability. I gave them to my four year old daughter to play with for a day and they lived to tell the tale, so that, right there, tells you it's a quality product.

But how will they look on my dog?


They'll look okay, but he'll turn into a total diva and be like, "No pictures!"

Will they fit on a papier-mache Cyberman head?


No. No, they will not.

Is there a way to remove the horrible, sun swallowing curse?


Yes, but the ritual is surprisingly complicated. It helps to know a high priestess or a lvl 20+ shaman.*

*Note: I do not hold Firmoo.com responsible for our lack of sun.

Last, but perhaps the most important question you probably have:

Will they make my potted plants look amazing?

Absolutely, but don't take my word for it. Check out these before and after pictures:

Before: Hot Topic sunglasses I got for two-dollars on clearance:


 After: Gorgeous, high-quality Firmoo.com sunglasses:


Doesn't the second picture really say it all? Look how stylish and sophisticated the plant looks wearing the Firmoo.com glasses.

So... you're saying I should give this company a shot?

I would say yeah, if you're in the market for glasses or sunglasses, definitely check out Firmoo.com. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, they have a great deal running where you can get your first pair free (you just pay shipping and handling) if you go to this link. They keep you updated through every step of the ordering/shipping process, and ordering was super easy. They also have a "virtual try-on" area on the site, but I didn't try that. If anyone does, let me know how it goes.

Disclaimer:  I received the product reviewed above for free, in exchange for an honest review. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

31 comments:

  1. I'm in love with that dog picture!

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    1. He is a pretty awesome dog. With gnarly toenails. We can't cut them because he's got a weird thing with having his feet touched and I don't like to be bitten.

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    2. My dog had that same issue. Fortunately we live in the city so his nails would sorta file down when I walked him on sidewalks. He also had a thing about his butt, not his tail but his butt. Which made it difficult because he was a long hair and I had to trim his hair to avoid dingle berries. Sometimes it got a bit like an old western with our face offs over that hair!

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  2. I LOVE the sunglasses they sent you. Which one is it so I can be lazy and not search through the whole site? Please and thanks!

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    1. http://www.firmoo.com/prescription-sunglasses-p-2179.html

      You can get them nonprescription, which is what I have.

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  3. Well if I ever get a hankering for London weather when I get back to the states apparently Michigan is the place to go. I'll curb my temptation by moving back to California though. ;)

    Those sunglasses look really nice. I'll have to remember when I really do get back to California and should I find money to drop on shades. I really like though that for what you spend you get all of the nice accessories. I have scratched the shit out of some of my sunglasses just by leaving them in the car or in my purse. A case would definitely come in handy. :)

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    1. Honestly, when I was in London (my visit was admittedly brief) the temps were better and there was less rain than where I live!

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  4. I know this is random but have you ever tried the inverse colors on your screen? I have serous vision problems and I can't read bright black-on-white text either--that's why I love being able to switch text to white-on-black. Just a thought!

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    1. I had no idea so many people struggled with the same problem. I'm rethinking my blog colors entirely now!

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    2. I'm the opposite, staring at a dark screen with white letters after a short while hurts my eyes.

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    3. I'm the opposite too. If I stare at white letters on black I come away with lines in my vision and it takes a few minutes to adjust (depending on how long I looked at the screen, I usually can't stomach more than ten minutes.)

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    4. I find the best on my eyes is a slightly off-white back ground, like a very light grey, and then a black or a very dark grey. I cannot read inverse, it kills me.

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  5. Oh WOW, I love the papier-mache Cyberman head! Did you make it yourself? Was it difficult?

    I really fixated on the important things in this review, obviously.

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    1. It's a classic cyberman too that's the beauty of it.

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    2. I did make the Cyberman head! You know what's funny is, up until the day I wrote this review, I had step by step pictures of the entire process, but I went through my memory card and went, "Nobody is ever going to care how I made this."

      DAMN YOU JENNY!

      It's made of two gallon-sized milk jugs, McDonald's drinking straws, duct tape, window screen, paper clay, spray paint, and LOVE.

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  6. I really love your hair right now. You look so...sassy!

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    1. Thanks, I'm growing it out and it's in that, "Is it intentionally that way, or is she growing it out?" phase.

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  7. Love the glasses. I have the brightness turned down to the lowest on my monitor and sometimes that's still too bright. That's why I created white text on black for my blog.

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    1. It's funny, I hear from some people that white on black is too bright, others that black on white causes strain, and I'm like, "Clearly, our only option then is blinding magenta on neon orange."

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  8. try f.lux if you have issues with screen brightness. changed my life!!

    http://stereopsis.com/flux/

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    1. I second the f.lux love! I've been using it for probably two years now and it's an amazing free program that makes a visible difference (haha, pun intended).

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    2. I have f.lux. My doctor recommended it and it's a pretty great tool.

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  9. Drat. I was going to Google something, thought I'd check 'Jen Reads' first, got completely distracted by this and now can't remember what I was going to Google.

    Damn you and your awesome cursed sunglasses :p

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    1. Were you going to google "Why is it still raining, oh god, oh god, why is it still raining?" Because that's what I've been googling.

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    2. Turns out it wasn't even a Google issue after all! It was 'email Val the flight details' which is vastly different "-_- And... I still haven't done it... I should get on that...

      In other news, we've been promised sunshine and 17C here (England) on Sunday. I'm so excited. I might even wear something that isn't wool based! :D

      I hope it stops raining in Michigan!

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    3. We were enjoying sunny 70 degree weather in Columbus OH. It been raining fairly nonstop for 24 hours with no hope of an end. Take your crap weather back Michigan. The rain is making it unbearably humid in my office.

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  10. This is probably the only sponsored post I've ever read that I actually enjoyed. Glasses on your dog! on your potted plants! Delightful!

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    1. Right? I'm not going to be making a thing out of sponsored posts, but free sunglasses. How do you pass that up?

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  11. My favorite part of this whooooole post is that the potted plant really does look sophisticated and chic with its new glasses. Oh, and the doggie of corse.

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