SubApollo Sunglasses Subscription Box Review – Fall 2017

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SubApollo is a quarterly sunglasses subscription service that delivers two frames to you each season. Just fill out a short style survey, and their designers will hand-pick frames catered to you.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

The Subscription Box: SubApollo 

The Cost: $15.95 a season with free shipping

The Products: Each season you’ll receive two pairs of sunglasses chosen by SubApollo’s designers. 

Ships to: U.S. for free!

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First of all, I am a self-professed sunglasses ADDICT. I used to have roughly 15 pair, which is a bit much for a person who lives in Pittsburgh, but they are just an accessory I can’t get enough of. I’m not a snob though and have all price ranges of sunnies. From cheap fast fashion to high-ish end designers, I love all of God’s creatures and mainly look for a style that complements my face. Recently I have been trying to cut back on how much I own in general, including sunglasses, but couldn’t pass up this subscription! Hey, it’s only seasonal!

The first thing you do when you sign up for SubApollo is fill out a short survey to get an idea of your style (they’ve updated this since my last review, though I have not updated my account since receiving this Fall shipment):

I like that they updated this to include “prefer not to say”. Although I identify as female, I usually go for more masculine styles, so I’ll prob be updating to male or prefer not to say.

My face is the roundest!

It’s also narrow, which is important to know!

I like this new section, though I’m shocked that there isn’t a wayfarer style to choose since it’s popular (and also my favorite).

I actually don’t love big cities, but I wrote in Chicago because I love the midwest.

Concerts for sure!

From there you go to all of your address info and get your sunnies ordered!

Let’s see what I got!!

To start things off, they give you a sticker that matches the seasonal box your sunnies come in!

Black and Gold Cat Eye/Browline Sunglasses

Always nice that SubApollo includes a storage bag for each pair of sunglasses. I know I scratch mine up, so this is great to have.

After staring at them, I noticed that these are kind of an over-sized, more rounded version of the classic browline glasses. (Note: for YEARS I had been calling that style “horn-rimmed” and just checked out Wikipedia to make sure I knew what I was saying, only to find out I am WRONG! Ya learn something new every day, huh? Browline it is! Although I guess it’s a variation, so I wasn’t SO wrong.)

These are mainly made of a light gold-plated metal, with black plastic arms and clear rubber nose rests. They feel sturdy enough when I open them up to slide on my face.

The top part of the frames that surround the lenses I think are powder-coated although they could just be plastic. Hard to tell! The lenses themselves are a purple gradient. A bit of gold pops through on the side before the black arms.

I actually like these on more than off! Although these hang slightly off the back of my ears, they are still comfortable and fit relatively well for the price point. I’m really warming to these.

Monochrome Black Metal Brown Bar Sunglasses

I am really just making up my own sunglasses names and learning all sorts of terms by doing so. What do you think? Boring, I know, but I’m trying to be descriptive!

I immediately thought these looked insanely cool because they are all black and have very architectural elements. They have the thin brow bar and a sort of cat eye shape.

These are also oversized, like the other pair and are powder-coated metal with plastic only at the ends of the arms. They also have the same clear rubber nose rests as the previous pair.

The lenses are super flat (yay!), not unlike a pair I got in my last shipment and have a solid grey tint.

I loved these off, but am not so sure about them on!! I think this style might be better on me in a smaller version instead of oversized. Same slight overhang on the ears, but that’s my life. What do you think?

Verdict: SubApollo is still a great deal in my book at only $8 per pair ($15.99 per box)! I am really into breaking down these styles to find out what I do and don’t like in a pair of sunnies. Again, the quality is totally good for the price point and they clearly keep style trends in mind when shipping these out! 

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in SubApollo Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Men, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: subapollo | 4 comments


  1. I had been meaning to buy a cheap pair of sunglasses to keep in the car, so I ordered these. Mine are a little dorky looking, but will do the job, so for the price I think it’s a good deal. I can’t think of anywhere besides the car I would wear the gold pearlescent frames they sent, though! The others were better — more tortoise shell and black. I suppose the goldish ones may have been my fault — I told them my favorite place to live is New Mexico, which is sort of tan and sandy.

  2. What a great sub! I love that they try to personalize them to the individual—that’s a good deal of attention to detail for such a low price-point. :+1:

  3. Marne this is one of my fav all time reviews of yours! U sound so much like myself talking about sunnies etc etc lol I LOVE SUNGLASSES as well as I’m a lip product fanatic! This sub seems very reasonable to me, I can and have paid for cheap gas station sunglasses and they were over 10$! But I completely agree with u about this sub not having a wayfarer option/selection because that’s my fav frame as well!! Think I’m gonna sign up with the prefer not to say option. Thanks for yet another very entertaining review can’t wait for more!

  4. I like the first pair on you the best. The second pair is somewhat too large. Cool design though. Quarterly boxes are awesome!

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