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“Mom, it's here! IT'S HERE!!! Can I open it now?”
That was the excited phone call I got from my 11-year-old daughter the first time a package from Del Sol arrived on our door step. She had previously spent at least an hour happily browsing the Del Sol website at www.delsol.com for product samples and then asked me about our order every single day until the package arrived.
Jump ahead two years, and we are still fans of Del Sol. I first wrote this post in 2015 when our Del Sol products were new. I've updated it now that we've seen how the products stand the test of time.
Del Sol specializes in clothing, nail polish, sunglasses and other accessories that change color in the sun. In addition to their own beachy designs, they have licensed Disney and Marvel gear, which we love. You'll find Del Sol stores in popular resort destinations throughout the world, often at cruise ship ports. My daughter recently insisted that we stop at Del Sol at the Falmouth, Jamaica cruise port so she could buy a new nail polish. Del Sol shops are fun, interactive places with sun stations, so you can try before you buy.
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Here are the products we were most excited about, and how they stood up to real-life wear.
Del Sol has a lot of fun tees, tanks and golf shirts to choose from in a range of sizes from 2T to Adult 2XL. Most are a variation on a white or black tee, and color appears on the design as soon as you walk into the sun. It works on cloudy days too.
If you're between sizes, I recommend ordering up. The women's fitted tees are extra snug. In the photo below, my daughter was just over five feet tall, with a slender tween figure. She had no extra room to grow into her fitted Women's Small tee. I ordered a little big for the rest of us, and am happy with the sizing of those shirts.
I wore my white Del Sol tee for the first time to an outdoor concert and it wasn't long before I stained it with hot sauce from my food truck fare. My kids' white Del Sol tees have also needed stain treatment and repeat washing. The good news is that washing, drying and bleach pens did not damage or shrink our color change tees.
Del Sol now has several black tees, which don't stain so easily. I wear my new black Spider-man tee often. My husband also got a Spider-man tee from Del Sol. Matchy-matchy isn't usually our style, but we couldn't resist at Disneyland and when we saw the new Spider-man movie on opening weekend.
My first Del Sol tee is still one of my favorites. It has been worn frequently and washed and dried many times. It's not as bright as it was when it was new, but it still changes color – even where I used a bleach pen – and the shape and length are still flattering.
Sunglasses are an ESSENTIAL travel accessory. My daughter and I have liked ours so well that I am ordering a pair for my husband too. He buys a new pair of cheap sunglasses once or twice a year, and costs quickly add up when we have to replace them that often.
All of Del Sol's SOLIZE sunglasses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays and are polarizing to reduce glare. Adult sunglasses also come with a lifetime guarantee. If your SOLIZE glasses are ever lost, stolen or broken, they come with a guarantee code that allows you to get a new pair of glasses for the cost of shipping and handling.
Del Sol sunglasses for children and adults come in a range of styles, from bright and colorful character glasses to more sophisticated and subtle color change styles.
I still wear my SOLIZE sunglasses nearly every day. My daughter's glasses broke when she left them on the floor of her bedroom and we used her redemption code to order a replacement pair. It was easy. We did it all online and paid shipping costs, then the new glasses arrived within a week with a new lifetime guarantee and redemption code! Sixty dollars for sunglasses is a pretty good deal when they come with a lifetime guarantee.
Painted toenails are a must for sandal season, and color change nail polish was the Del Sol product that both my daughter and I were most excited about. Nail polish is fun, and one size truly fits all, so it makes a good gift too. We also chose some decals and stencils.
I typically stick with one simple color on my nails, and I love bright, bold shades of polish. The stronger the sun, the stronger the color. I'm a newbie with stencils and decals, and I found them easy and fun to use.
We are looking forward to another fun summer with our Del Sol color change gear! Click the button below to browse Del Sol's tees, sunglasses, nail polish and other products. Don't forget to use our exclusive 20% off coupon: TIPS20.
Do you have a favorite Del Sol product? Please share it in the comments!
Disclosure: We received complimentary product samples from Del Sol for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
Photo credits: Del Sol