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I wasn’t going to do it. Nope, I wasn’t going to opt-in for any BibRave product reviews in July and August since I’m trying to take a summer hiatus in order to finish a novel, spend more time with family, chill, travel, etc. But then the opportunity to try Shady Rays sunglasses popped up.
Oh, Lawd. How I love sunglasses!
And Shady Rays is a brand I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. Add in the fact that they offer a killer warranty and secure 10 meals to fight hunger through Feeding America with every order placed. I mean, come on! I should have bought a pair a long time ago! (More on that later.)
My choices were the Signature Series, the original casual to sport crossover frame, or the Allure that has a lightweight, comfortable fit for both casual and active use. Hmm, which one to go with?? I picked the Allure because …. well, they’re both pretty and functional!
So glad I went with this choice because …. seriously …. they were my FAVORITE SUNGLASSES EVER!!!!
Oh my gosh. I absolutely LOVED them! The shape, the gorgeous blue lenses, the lightweight, comfortable feel …. loved them, loved, them, LOVED THEM, wore them EVERYWHERE!!
You may be wondering why I used past tense.
That’s because I lost them while shopping in five different stores for materials and supplies for costumes for the Disneyland Paris races coming up in September. Once I realized this, I was SO BUMMED!!!!!!
Sniff. I miss them.
Okay, I better move on because I do have a review to give. So let’s focus on their function. Here’s the scoop from their Website:
Shady Rays Allure Sunglasses
Our signature women’s collection made for a lightweight, comfortable fit with a style that can flex for both casual and active use. Smooth matte-black combined with premium metal treatments make this frame a team favorite.
- Dual Brushed Silver & Matte-Black frame featuring etched design
- Premium Polarized Ice-Blue Mirror lenses with amber tint: 100% UV protection / shatter-resistant / salt waterproof
- Includes Microfiber Cleansing Pouch + vinyl brand decal
- Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty & Free Replacements if Lost or Broken – just pay S+H fee for lost/broken replacements.
- Every order provides 10 meals to fight hunger in the U.S. through Feeding America
Why Polarized Sunglasses with UV Protection is important!
If you know me, then you know I’m a stickler for sun protection. And while cheap sunglasses can be cute and fun, wearing ones that offer no UV protection can actually damage your eyes.
When you’re not wearing sunglasses, what do you do instead? You squint, which constricts your pupils to tiny dots, limiting the amount of light getting in. So while wearing cheap sunglasses might eliminate your need to squint and feel more comfortable, this also causes your pupils to dilate, allowing in more harmful rays.
But what about sunglasses that offer UV protection but aren’t polarized?
While they do protect against vertical and horizontal UV rays, they don’t diminish the glare from reflected horizontal rays that can cause eye strain. So you won’t be as protected from sunlight bouncing off concrete, pavement, water, or other surfaces. Polarized sunglasses also offer better clarity, make colors seem more vivid and they reduce eye strain and fatigue.
There are some times when using polarized sunglasses isn’t optimal, such as in low-light situations, flying or while viewing LCD screens, so Shady Rays does offer non-polarized sunglasses.
So let’s talk about the cost.
Compared to the price of other popular sports sunglasses, yes, Shady Rays do cost more. But here are some facts that make them worth every penny:
1.) They offer a Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty and Free Replacements if Lost or Broken for only the cost of shipping and handling. (Currently $8.89 US and $17.89 International.)
2.) With each order, they donate 10 meals to Feeding America and their mission to fight hunger in America has led to over 4 million meals provided to date. That’s pretty stinking cool.
And right now, you can use the code BIBRAVE for 50% off two pairs of sunglasses!
Again. Pretty stinking cool! I took advantage of this myself by ordering a pair of X-Series Black Infrared for my fisherman son and a pair of X-Series Blackout for my dad since he’s had cataract issues and needs to wear better sunglasses! The ones he’s wearing in this photo just ain’t cutting it.
He’s also quite famous for losing his sunglasses, so the warranty will come quite in handy. (No offense, Dad, love you, Dad!) My son’s track record isn’t that hot either! 😉
Building a Mystery!
While ordering, I noticed how they offered a Mystery Frame for $18.00! Because of the low price, they wouldn’t be included in the warranty but I went ahead and rolled the dice, figuring they’d be great for training at home. I did an unboxing on an Instagram story and got…..
… Classic Deep Timber Polarized! They look great, feel great, and for $18.00, quite the bargain considering the high quality. Do I love them as much as the Allures? No, gotta admit, the Allures were just perfect for me and if I hadn’t blown my budget enough already, then there’d be two in my cart right now. #wahwahwah #getoveritlaura
Speaking of Allures, let’s chat about them some more!
Have I mentioned yet how much I loved them?
I mean, come on, now. How stinking cute??? I’ve always been a big fan of blue-tinted sunglasses and I love how there’s a bit of an amber tint to these, giving a nice glow.
Tru even gave them a sniff and double ears up:
Plus, the lightweight frames make them so comfortable! I have these awful red marks on my nose from eyeglasses and heavier sunglasses, so these are a breath of fresh air. Even during a long day at our annual family reunion!
I’m also digging how they’re great for both sporting activities and casual use. The dual brushed silver and matte-black frame also make them great for dressier occasions. Their Purple Tortoise Allures with brown tones are also wonderful! I was *thisclose* to picking them but stuck with my favorite blues. I do love seeing pics of my co-BibRave Pros wearing them, though!
Speaking of my fellow BibRave Pros, I’ll be sure to link all of their reviews here once they come in!
Also, here are Shady Rays’ social sites if you’d like to learn more!
UPDATE: I found them, woo-HOO!!!!!
p.s. And this is why it takes me SO LONG to post a pic on Instagram, LOL!! I mean, come on!!! #justbeinghonest #whyamisofussy
All in all, I highly, HIGHLY recommend Shady Rays … not just because they offer amazing sunglasses, but because of their admirable mission and dedication to stomping out hunger!
By ordering a pair of Shady Rays, you’ll not only feel good, but you’ll do good. A total win-win for me and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to learn more about their company and test my gorgeous Allures!