Color contacts have been on the market for the longest time, but I personally never got around trying them. I remembered back when I was a little girl and at my optometrist, seeing the sample brochures and wondered to myself why anyone would want to “change their eye color”. Even when I went to my optometrist, there were two little kids running around the office, which annoyed the crap out of everyone, but I was trying to be “pleasant”. The little girl asked me, “whats that? whats that?!?” I answered, “They are color contacts! You can change your eye color just like make up.” She gives me a long blank stare while I had a contact on the tip of my finger drying out, shortly then resuming back to chasing her little brother around.
For the longest time, I always wondered what it would be like to have lighter eyes. Eyes are one of those things which makes me stare, especially light eyes. I met this one guy years ago when I was in summer camp, he had sterling sliver eyes. I kid you not, it was the prettiest things ever. But sadly he was kind of a jerk HAHA, until the last week of summer camp that we could even bare talking to him. I’ve always wanted to see myself with green eyes, I don’t know why…. maybe because green is my favourite color and Hilary duff ,who I grew up watching on TV, also had green eyes. So jelly. Now I get to see if the grass is really greener on the other side.
I didn’t really expect any color contacts to be able to change my eye color since I have pretty dark eyes. I know there are those Korean color contacts, but I’m a little scared to try them since they are so cheap compared to these brands which you can find at your doctor’s office. To my surprise, these are actually quite nice! So this post is for all my brown eyed girls out there who needs a reference since I haven’t found any decent photos or videos on the internet that show these “trusted” brands.
Fun facts about eyes:
1) No one in the world has the exact same eye color as you, they are like fingerprints. Hence airport security and other security systems use your eye as another way to identify you.
2) Eye color change over time since they don’t produce pigment constantly, thus becoming lighter or darker overtime.
3) Brown eyes= high melanin , blue eyes= low melanin
Here are more fun facts about eyes!Here are my normal eye color. Super dark brown, not much dimension. I wish I had my boyfriend’s eyes, they are on the lighter side of brown and when the sun hits them, it shimmers T_T.
I wore very minimal make up since I wanted the colors to shine through.
Here are the color contacts on a white surface for you to see what they are like. All these contacts are soft contacts and are quite comfortable to wear. But having said that, please make sure you go see your optometrist to see if your eyes are suitable to wear contacts.
Sorry in advance if some pictures are blurry. The color contacts had no prescription and the camera display was too far for me to see if it was in focus or not. I would retake these photos but sadly they were only one day wear and I threw them away before I could plug my camera into my computer to see the photos. Hope you guys don’t hate me, I’M SORRY!
Here is a little bit about my own eyes:
1) I have super dry eyes, pretty much I have eyes of a 40 year old (that’s what my doctor said). Normal people’s fat depose when they blink, they come out in strands. When I blink, my fat depose comes out in blobs. This is not good since it does not coat the surface of my eyes properly hence the dryness in my eyes.
2) I have slight astigmatism in my left eye.
3) The obvious one, I have brown eyes HAHA since I’m the typical asian with brown eyes and “black” hair.
These ones are from Freshlook one day color contacts which retail for$19.99 per box with 10 lenses each box and one lense can only be wore for one day. One day contacts are preferred for those who have dry eyes like myself. I’m not sure if it is because of the written “demo” on the contact lense but when I wore them on my eyes, there was a little bit of the contact that was slightly blocking my vision. And these weren’t comfortable for me and my dry asssssss eyes. They were okay when I popped them on with the saline solution, but when the liquid went away, dry city baby. It wasn’t like desert dry, however it felt like something was poking at my eyes. The color overall is nice, not that the most natural in my opinion against my dark brown eyes.I was super excited to try any blue, greens or gray colors since I personally really like light eyes. These freshlooks in blue looks quite natural against my brown eyes since it was more of a darker blue with a subtle light brown color on the inside near the pupil. It also works well since all the freshlook contacts has a black ring, making your eyes look bigger.
The freshlooks in green is definitely my second favourite out of the four since I was dead set on a green color. This is actually one color contact I could wear out and not just for picture taking, but sadly they are too dry. The green is a nice deep emerald shade with light brown running near the pupil which, again, works well with dark eyes.Hazel is my least favourite even though it looks quite similar to the green. Just something about the warmth from the center light brown near the pupil didn’t look natural to me with my skintone.The last one I got to try was the grey and this one has to be my favourite our of the four freshlook colors. It looks great for photos and gives a dramatic effect without it screaming FAKE! Sadly in my opinion the freshlook like doesn’t look natural enough for my taste. I know what your going to say…. On the other side of the screen you guys are saying “well you are wearing COLOR CONTACTS, it isn’t natural to change the color of your eyes.” What I mean by natural is, the pixilation on the actual color contact isn’t fine enough to create a believable color change. These I’d say are like the Window of the computer world. This is a a girl saying this after switching to an imac and has gotten use to the retina screen haha. Don’t shoot me, I know there are many android lovers out there. The airoptix color contacts are like the iMac with their retina display. I hope you guys can see the difference in what I said above with the “pixilation”. These airoptix color contacts look a lot more believable, even up close in person and that is what I want in my color contacts! Although they do run on the more pricey side at $75 a box with 6 contacts in it, they are monthly contact lenses which in the long run is cheaper then getting one day contacts. And guess what! They are more comfortable then the freshlooks!! They don’t feel like there is sand in my eyes, they fit nicely on the eyes and doesn’t move around and the colors are gorgeous. If you couldn’t seen the slight contours of the actual contact, you would really think these are my real eye color.
I was debating on which color contacts to order, and it is definitely between the blue ones, grey or gemstone green. But for the purpose of just photo taking, it would have to be these blue ones. They look so natural close up and far away and they give enough of a dramatic effect far away for me to be sold on them. The blue is a nice slightly deep cool blue, with hints of golden bronzey brown specks near my pupil. Close up, it doesn’t look that well blended with my brown eyes underneath, but far away it makes it seem as though my pupils are large (not on drugs kind of large HAHA) making my overall look more awake and more doe eyed. Love!Don’t have much to say since the picture says it all. The grey is pretty, nice, natural, gives good coverage over my dark brown eyes. I also want to get these but I’m not rich HAHA. Going for $75 a box, I’d be broke if I got all the colors from air optix.The shade honey is my least favourite since the color is too warm against my cool yellow undertone. It makes me look like a vampire. Just.. no.I didn’t think I would like gemstone green since it looked super artificial on the little brochure but I was already in the doctors office so I might as well try it on. To my surprise, it actually looks really good! In the container it looks like I would have neon, glowing eyes but it looks so natural! This color I would actually buy in prescription and wear them out like normal and make people think I was blessed with these amazing jade colored eyes hehe. I’m gunning for this shade, I think this would be the first color I am going to get from airoptix.The last contacts I tried where the new Acuvue defines which isn’t exactly color contacts. They are suppose to be the “no make up make up” kind of contact lense which enhances your natural eye color. I myself am already very familiar to this brand since I wear the one day moist contacts and am very pleased with the leave of moisture and comfortable they offer. These are the same type of contact with the moisture and comfort level but with a slight twist.
As you can see in the picture, they have these dark rings on the outside, and three different types called natural sparkle (which is made more for light eyes), natural shimmer and natural shine. I have the natural shine and I must say, it does really “define” the color of my eyes and I wouldn’t be too uncomfortable to wear these as my normal contact lenses. These are quite popular in the Asian market as they are very natural but give that extra little something something. It’s kind of like a push up bra, your boobs are already there, but that extra lift makes it something special. I know you know what I mean ;).
Overall my first time experience with color contacts is quite pleasant. I myself would purchase the Airoptix color contacts since they look the best, super comfortable and would also consider the Acuvue define for daily wear since it is natural enough for me to flaunt that “I woke up like this” bull sheep HAHA.
What are your experiences with color contacts? Do you guys wear them, if so which brand and what colors are your favourite? Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you think.