Today, I’m going to review my gorgeous new Giorgio Armani cat eye sunglasses and try to answer the question “is SmartBuyGlasses legit?”
I never go out before dark without my Chanel sunglasses. I wear sunglasses even when people are like, “uh… why is that crazy woman wearing sunglasses and carrying an umbrella?” Whatever. UV rays can damage your skin even on cloudy days, so sunscreen and sunglasses have been non-negotiable since my late teens. Being raised by a sun worshipper with a face like an alligator purse has embedded the fear of sun exposure into my soul. I do not have good genes and I’d swear on a stack of bibles that sunglasses are most likely the only reason I have zero traces of crow’s feet at 42.
While I adore my big black Chanels, I’ve been dying for second pair of sunglasses in tortoiseshell. I almost bought a pair at Louis Vuitton last time we were shopping in London, but something about them wasn’t quite right. Fortunately, SmartBuyGlasses contacted me a few weeks later asking if I’d like to review a pair of designer sunglasses!
As I researched SmartBuyGlasses reviews online, a recurring theme I saw on message boards and even on Reddit was the question of “is SmartBuyGlasses legit?” If I were shopping online for a pair of designer sunglasses, I’d want to know too. So I figured I’d take them up on their offer, get a great pair of sunglasses (I’d hoped), and put this question to rest.
Here’s how it went…
They asked me to choose from an “influencer” collection of like 500 different styles from designers like Burberry, Bvlgari, Fendi, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Prada, Valentino, and Versace. There were so many awesome choices that it took me almost a week to decide, ending in a Facebook showdown between Prada and Giorgio Armani.
It was almost unanimous, so I ended up going with this pair of oversized Giorgio Armani cat eye sunglasses and I couldn’t be happier! I was a bit concerned about them being “Asian Fit” which usually sits a bit higher than “Regular Fit,” but they’re perfect!
I love the elegant mother of pearl inlays on the sides, and the size and shape are classic, glamorous, and oh so Jackie-O!
So is SmartBuyGlasses legit or does SmartBuyGlasses sell fakes?
Ordering designer anything online can be nerve-wracking, but it can also save a decent amount of cash. With all of the fakes out there, it’s difficult to be sure that you’re getting what you think you’re getting. It’s totally reasonable to see a place with great prices (like SmartBuyGlasses) and wonder, “is SmartBuyGlasses is legit or is SmartBuyGlasses selling fakes?”
I’ll try to clear this up…
Based on my experience, SmartBuyGlasses is a legit company selling authentic designer sunglasses. I have no reason to suspect that SmartBuyGlasses sells fakes.
I received my Armani sunglasses via FedEx about a week after placing my order, which was the timeframe given when I ordered. The glasses shipped from Hong Kong, which I know has raised some online eyebrows about authenticity, but SmartBuyGlasses delivered exactly what they advertised… an authentic pair of gorgeous Giorgio Armani sunglasses for which I would’ve gladly paid.
How do I know the sunglasses are authentic?
I once owned a fake pair of Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses in Thailand for about a week. I also own a authentic pair of Chanel sunglasses that I bought from a Chanel boutique, so I know how a pair of authentic designer sunglasses should feel and how they should fit. I know that legit designer sunglasses have a completely different feel and fit from the knockoffs.
More concrete proof as to the authenticity of my Armanis is that the lenses are etched with “Giorgio Armani” and the serial number, as they should be. I’ve also verified that the temple details are correct and symmetrical, including the proper model number.
The box contained everything it should have: the sunglasses, a pearlized case, a cleaning cloth/storage pouch (not pictured), a product manual, a warranty booklet, and a certificate of authenticity.
These glamorous Jackie-O style sunglasses are currently selling for $409.95/3102 kr (discounted 25% from $546.60/4136 kr), which is a great price, but not a too good to be true price. Too good to be true prices on designer goods are a big red flag! There are no red flags here. So I’d say that after taking all of this into account, the answer to the burning question of “is SmartBuyGlasses legit?” Is a resounding “yes!”
I’ve linked to the Danish website, but SmartBuyGlasses has localized sites with pricing in local currencies in about 40 different countries (look in their site footer to select your local market), which is awesome since I live in Denmark and often have trouble finding places that ship here. SmartBuyGlasses has been around since 2006 and in addition to guaranteeing the authenticity of everything they sell, they offer free shipping, a 14 day price match, and a 100 day return policy.
I’d definitely order from SmartBuyGlasses again. And if luxury brands aren’t your thing, SmartBuyGlasses also has a lot of discounted styles from more affordable brands like Vogue, DKNY, Coach, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren.
You can read my more recent review of SmartBuyGlasses here.
Disclosure: I received a pair of sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses in exchange for an honest review. I didn’t receive any compensation for this post and all opinions are my own.