The year that I started my blog I ordered a pair of colored contacts through my Doctor for modeling/cosplay. I was overjoyed with the chance to have a new look and expand the styles and creativity in my portfolio. But I started to notice little things about them that I wasn't keen on. For one thing, I struggled to get them in. While I was new to using contacts, it was still quite an ordeal to get them in, especially my left eye, and it would leave my eyes watering and red from the effort. While the color was still pretty, the contacts appeared hazel instead of teal (always a struggle if you have dark eyes). The worst part was after having them in for about 30 minutes, my eyes would start to get sore, to the point where they'd actually start to give me a headache. I noticed I was constantly blinking to try and clear my vision because they seemed blurry, even though I ordered them without a prescription.
Needless to say, I was a little disappointed with how they turned out, so when Halloween came around last year, I wanted to try something new.
I've ordered 3 pairs of contacts total from Pinky Paradise, and so far have been incredibly pleased with them. I just ordered a pair of green lenses and wanted to review them while everything was fresh in my mind! (I also went sans-makeup and did minimal editing for the pictures of my new lenses so you could see how they look with no other emphasis on them- you'll have to keep an eye out for how they look when worn for a fashion shoot...).
So, here are my "Pinky Paradise Circle Lens: Pros and Cons" in list form (in case you start nodding off during the description portions):
- Free case
- Bold/Vibrant Colors
- Sit well on eye
- Comfortable for hours at a time
- Delivery time varies on each order
- Opening contact vial is an EPIC PAIN
- Takes a bit of getting used to weight/flimsiness of contact when putting on
Now that you have a general idea of how I feel about them, I'll explain why (in probably more detail than some would like, but tough cookies, you clicked on this post, now you have to suffer through it!!!....or just skip to the pictures.).
First, I want to talk about the ordering process. The site is easy to navigate, and they have a great selection of customer images and reviews, which gives you a chance to see how the contacts look in different lighting and on different people/natural eye colors. This is actually what drew me into the site, and is usually the deciding factor when it comes time to order any pair of contacts for me.
While the browsing part is simple enough, I've had a few different experiences when it comes to delivery. My first pair of contacts came in about three weeks (at standard shipping delivery-not expedited in any way). As they are shipping from Korea, I knew it would be a while before I saw them, but was pleased that they came in faster than the average shipping time suggested. My second pair were ordered for Halloween, and were delivered in a very timely fashion. This last pair were ordered with the standard time frame, and took about 6-7 weeks to come in. I felt like I was checking the tracking status every day, anxiously waiting for them to move from the postal unit they stopped at in Germany (they were there for over a week). While that's really not terrible, and they all arrived in perfect condition, it was a little disappointing after the first two delivery times.
One of the best parts of receiving any sort of gift is opening it in my opinion. I really enjoy opening the package containing my contacts because they not only include two vials with the contacts in them, but a contact case, and my first contact case was in the shape of two pig faces. It was so unexpected and cute, it really made the entire experience more fun. While my last two cases were simple cases without animals on them, they are still colorful which helps differentiate what lenses I have in each case. Not to mention they were free with my contact purchase(s) (yay free stuff!).
While opening the package was exciting, opening the vials containing the actual contacts was another thing entirely. The vial has a rubber cork in it with a metal wrapping to keep everything secured. But whatever the metal is (I assumed some sort of aluminum), it is NOT easy to take off. I assumed if you just get an edge started (maybe by cutting it), it could be peeled off easily and then uncorked. Boy was I wrong... this stuff does NOT peel. Previously when trying to open it I tried to get a nail under the metal so I could grab it with my fingers and attempt to pull it away from the vial. This resulted in bending my nails backwards, and the metal not budging at all. I tried cutting it away with scissors and once I got a section off, pulling the rest off now that I could hold it in my fingers. I succeeded in cutting my finger on the metal, while still maintaining a well sealed vial. I finally managed to wedge the scissors between the cork and metal enough to be able to grab just the cork and pry them both off.
This time, I went a different route. I used pliers to grab the metal and pull off as much as possible. I realized during this that the metal is attached to the top of the cork, which is probably why it's more difficult to get a good grip on. However, with pliers in hand, and the metal peeled away in seconds, I was able to pinch the rubber cork and pop it out without hurting myself or bending any nails in the process. Success!!!
Onto the contacts themselves! All of the contacts I have ordered thus far are circle lenses, meaning the style is made to be larger than the average eye, giving more of a (slightly unsettling to some) doll or Bambi like look to the wearer. Because they are larger in general, it does take some time to get used to putting them in. In my very first attempts, I kept dropping the lens from the end of my finger because it was so much heavier than the previous pair I had from the Doctor. They also have more of a tendency to fold on themselves, which is a little annoying when you're trying to balance them on your finger. However, because they are soft lenses, the actual placing of them on the eye was painless for me, and far less irritating. I also noticed that they were easier to get in on the first try.
I have to say, I'm very impressed with the boldness of their colors. While the most vibrant are definitely the red lenses, both the blue and green sets are noticeably the color stated on the package. The green set I just purchased are a "3 tone" color, with hazel in the center, so the centers blends really well with my natural brown eyes and makes the color look more believable (even if the size is not believable). While I haven't worn the green contacts for a photoshoot yet, so I don't know how long I could wear them before noticing them, I did wear the red pair to work for Halloween and had them in for about 5 hours before I took them out. Granted, this was also while staring at a computer screen, so for those 5 hours I wasn't blinking as often as I should be - meaning my eyes dried out and irritated faster than normal. But seeing as my main use would be for photoshoots, 5 hours (at the least amount) seems like a decent amount of time to be able to wear circle lenses.
Overall, I've found the Pros outweigh the Cons, and have been very pleased with outcome for any photoshoot I've used them in. If you want to the see more of what they have on their site, check it out here.
I have a feeling that I'll be ordering more in the future (because clearly 4 eye color options isn't enough), so I'm sure you'll see more use of them in my pictures.
What is your favorite non-traditional eye color? I like the idea of purple or gold lenses, but I have to say that red ones were really fun to wear around other people!