I was given the opportunity to review anything I wanted from delsol.com. This is a company that specializes in creating items that change colors in the sun. They have clothing, nail polish, sunglasses, hats, jewelry and more. They even have a line of Disney items. I was really excited to see how their apparel worked and, even though I am no nail expert, to try out their nail polish line. I received a tank top, a long sleeved shirt, the adult nail kit and four kids nail polishes to try with my daughter in exchange for my honest review.
To start with, their website is really easy to navigate. The shopping options are at the top of the screen. You can create wishlists for future shopping or find a location near you to shop in person. The closest location to me is Put-In-Bay, OH which is over four hours away, so I shopped online. I went through most of the site and found that I wished they had more long sleeved options, but being that most Ohioans stay indoors in winter, I wasn't surprised that there weren't a lot of cold weather options. I found a long sleeved shirt with a butterfly that I thought my daughter would love to see me in. The tank top I purchased has Tinkerbell on it so I could see the quality of their Disney merchandise.
The tank top Is a size large and the long sleeved shirt is a size extra large. I normally like tank tops to be more fitted. It is a little more snug that I really like, but I am currently starting an exercise program that will help the shirt fit better. The long sleeved shirt is bigger because I like my winter clothes baggy. I wore it yesterday all day and it was extremely comfortable. It was also a sunny day, so I was able to see the color changing. I was pleasantly surprised that it happened very quickly. I don't think I was outside for longer than 2 minutes and I was able to see a difference. Below are what they looked like in the sun.
Now for the nail polish. I picked out one color from the adult line for myself. I picked "Get Your Pink On" which is pink when you put it on and turns red in the sun. I have to admit, I don't know a lot about nail polish. I'm not very good at putting it on, but I still try. I really like it, but I never mastered the application art of it. I took a video of me demonstrating how to use their complete kit. You'll see how little skill I have, but I figure it would help other people to see what you need for the Del Sol nail colors.
So the kit has cuticle oil, base coat, the color you pick, and the top coat. I was rather surprised that the color was basically a clear polish with pink flecks in it. I put two coats on and did not achieve the solid color that was shown in the pictures on the Del Sol website. See the picture from their site below.
I learned that without completely covering your nails so that they actually look like the picture above, you cannot promise that you actually coated your whole nail in nail polish. When I went to the bus stop to wait for my son, I let one hand soak up some rays and the other I kept in my pocket so you can compare the color change.
I won't say I am unhappy with the color. I really like how it changes in the sun. I just wish I knew how many coats I needed to do to achieve complete coverage. Now this is not the case with the child's nail polish. My daughter will be two on Dec. 31st so I wasn't sure she would let me put nail polish on her fingers, but after she saw me do it, she absolutely insisted on having it too. I let her pick the first color to try and she went with the Rapunzel Purple.
She loves her nail polishes. She doesn't let them dry completely before running around, but she thoroughly enjoyed having me put it on her. She even picked out a new color the very next day to have me put on her. Since they are kids polish, the polish peels off the fingernails easily. If you put it on and wash your hands a few times, it will start coming off. This makes it easier to remove from your child if you actually need to. I put it on my own hand so I could see the color changing since my daughter wouldn't sit still long enough for me to see it or get a picture.
**insert picture of color changing**
Overall, I think their products are pretty neat. They are very unique. If you are out in the sun a lot, I could see having multiple items for every day use and wear. They would make a great gift for someone that is about to take a vacation to some place in the sun or visiting Disney. They are a lot of fun.
About Del Sol
Headquartered in Sandy, Utah, Del Sol was established in 1994 and has since grown to more than 100 stores worldwide in 25 countries. Today it’s the world’s leading brand of color-changing apparel and accessories and the number-one promoted merchant onboard Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
We began selling our color-changing clothing and accessories out of a small retail cart in Murray, Utah’s Fashion Place Mall, eventually spreading our concept throughout the United States and Canada. After expanding our color-changing product line and fun-under-the-sun experience, we took our products to the world’s most popular cruise ship ports, opening the first, full Del Sol store in St. Thomas in 1997.
NASA explored earlier concepts of color change for its space program back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but Del Sol further developed and expanded this technology, engineering its own proprietary Spectrachrome® color-changing crystals that are found in all Del Sol products today. Del Sol’s color-changing crystals are harvested from the sunniest, most colorful places on the planet and then engineered for use on nearly 10,000 color-changing retail items.
Much like a flower that blossoms in the sun’s rays, Del Sol’s exclusive Spectrachrome® crystals open and unfold upon exposure to sunlight; revealing their hidden colors.
Jeff Pedersen, on behalf of Del Sol, is the winner of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Retail, Utah’s Best of State Statue and medal, and is found on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 fastest-growing businesses, along with Utah’s Top 100 Private Businesses.
Through humanitarian efforts, Del Sol has donated more than a million dollars worth of product and aid to victims of the Haitian earthquake, the South East Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, as well as hundreds of other projects around the world.
Del Sol utilizes numerous registered and unregistered trademarks (both U.S. and foreign) in marketing and selling its products, including, but not limited to, “Del Sol”, “100% WOW”, “Bahama Polo”, “Cap T”, “Executive”, “Fun, Joy, Smiles & Memories”, “Island Zip”, “Just Add Sun”, “LS Scoop T”, “Polarized Pro”, “Raglan T”, “Ribbed T’s”, “Rio Havana”, “Scoop T”, “Sol Adventure”, “Sol Baby”, “Sol Bear”, “Sol Dials”, “Sol Flyer”, “Sol Gems”, “Sol Kids”, “Sol Pearls”, “Sol Silk”, “Sol Sport”, “Sol Surf Co.”, “Solar Knit Technology”, “Soles”, “Solize”, “Spectra Cool Technology”, “Spectrachrome”, “Strap T’s”, “Sun Accents”, “Sun T’s” and “Sun-Powered”