Find the best sunglass tints to match your lifestyle. From reducing glare to sharpening color contrast, our guide breaks down the benefits of each lens tint and clears things up.
Yellow-tinted lenses have a niche of their own. By increasing color contrast and visibility, these lenses are the frontrunner when it comes to overcast weather and indoor use. As if they don’t do enough already, yellow sunglasses improve depth perception, making them an ideal choice for hitting the slopes.
Smoke lenses reduce blinding brightness like a champ, making them a winning choice for daytime wear and outdoor sports. The dark-tinted lenses decrease glare while maintaining true color perception. A smoke tint might be just what you need for your next sunny adventure.
With good reason, amber-tinted lenses are one of the most popular sunglass choices. Recommended for most outdoor activities (fishing, golfing, cycling, and driving — to name a few), amber lenses block blue light to heighten contrast and provide you with a brighter view on cloudy days. If you’re looking for a versatile tint that performs in nearly all environments, look no further.
Green lenses are not the extremists of the group, but they certainly get the job done. These shades keep color distortion to a minimum and subtly improve contrast on sunny days. For all-purpose use, green-tinted sunglasses are a solid choice.
Other Lens Tints
Though you won’t find many rose, orange, or blue-tinted sunglasses on our site, we want you to know what’s out there. If you’re looking for enhanced contrast and low-light image resolution, rose-tinted or orange-tinted lenses might be a good option (though both will distort normal colors). On the other side of the spectrum, blue-tinted lenses enhance color recognition and subtly reduce glare. Along with these benefits, blue shades are worn mostly for aesthetic reasons (you know, to look good).
Choosing your tint is important, but polarization, gradients, and mirrored lenses also affect what you see. These features provide additional benefits on top of the sunglass tint itself.
Polarized lenses have a special coating that reduces glare from reflective surfaces, making them ideal for water activities and driving. Polarization works to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of glare and sharpens your vision. Learn more about the benefits by visiting our Polarization Guide.
Gradient lenses are darkest at the top of the lens and progressively become lighter. The shift in tint protects your eyes from the sun, while allowing greater visibility at the bottom of each lens. The amount of coverage depends on the tint color and how dark the lens is tinted.
Mirrored lenses have a reflective coating on the surface of the lens, and like polarization, they reduce glare. Mirrored shades are also known for their cool, sleek look.