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

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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.”

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32 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous

    I'm in love with that dog picture!

    April 10, 2013
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  2. Shorts
    Shorts

    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!

    April 10, 2013
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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. 🙂

    April 10, 2013
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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!

    April 10, 2013
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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.

    April 10, 2013
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  6. 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.

    April 11, 2013
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  7. Daisy
    Daisy

    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).

    April 11, 2013
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  8. 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

    April 11, 2013
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  9. This is probably the only sponsored post I've ever read that I actually enjoyed. Glasses on your dog! on your potted plants! Delightful!

    April 11, 2013
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  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous

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

    April 11, 2013
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  11. 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.

    April 11, 2013
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  12. Thanks, I'm growing it out and it's in that, “Is it intentionally that way, or is she growing it out?” phase.

    April 11, 2013
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  13. 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.

    April 11, 2013
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  14. Right? I'm not going to be making a thing out of sponsored posts, but free sunglasses. How do you pass that up?

    April 11, 2013
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  15. 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.”

    April 11, 2013
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  16. I had no idea so many people struggled with the same problem. I'm rethinking my blog colors entirely now!

    April 11, 2013
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  17. Honestly, when I was in London (my visit was admittedly brief) the temps were better and there was less rain than where I live!

    April 11, 2013
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  18. 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.

    April 11, 2013
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  19. Anonymous
    Anonymous

    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!

    April 12, 2013
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  20. 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! 😀

    I hope it stops raining in Michigan!

    April 12, 2013
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  21. 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.

    April 12, 2013
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  22. Anonymous
    Anonymous

    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.

    April 12, 2013
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  23. I'm the opposite, staring at a dark screen with white letters after a short while hurts my eyes.

    April 12, 2013
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  24. 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.)

    April 14, 2013
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  25. I have f.lux. My doctor recommended it and it's a pretty great tool.

    April 14, 2013
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  26. 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.

    May 3, 2013
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  27. Anon123
    Anon123

    I turn my brightness down as far as it will go, but primarily, the high-contrast options help me. (Also, an LED screen rather than the more common fluorescently backlit kind; old CRTs are decent for me, too.) My screen is white text on black (“High Contrast #2” on Windows, I think), so that’s just a lot less light hitting my eyes. One of the downsides, though, is many websites’ buttons/icons become invisible to me and I have to guess where I think they might be and hover my cursor over that spot.

    But, all in all, if you’ve never tried the high-contrast thing and you’re still having this problem in real time (not my time-warped Binge-o’-Blog inner reality), then it might be worth a shot. Consider it your daily homeopathic remedy for fibromyalgia. 😛

    June 16, 2015
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