I’ve worn glasses since I was seven years old. When I was 14, I decided it was time to become an adult. It was time for contacts.
That didn’t work so well.
Being cursed with small, annoyingly sensitive eyes, I did what had to be done. I gave up.
I forgot all about contact lenses for the following thirteen years… until Brenda from Angel Contacts contacted me. She asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their colored circle lenses, and indeed I was. I had to let her know, however, that I couldn’t promise a thorough review–I had never successfully put a contact in before, and had no idea if I’d be able to do it this time around. She was super cool about it, and I was excited to get my hands on some violet lenses.
Before I continue, here’s some info on circle lenses for the unknowing, from Angel Contacts:
Popularized over in Asia, circle lenses are cosmetic contact lenses designed to enhance your eye’s color, texture, and even enlarge the size of your iris!
All of our lens styles have been hand-picked carefully for its comfort, color, and wearability. Although our lens styles ranges from the subtle Nudy Series to the bold Angel Series, our circle lenses are all amongst the most versatile and natural looking styles you’ll find!
Our GEO circle lenses are cosmetic contacts, which come in a variety of styles and colors. All of our lenses are 14.2mm in diameter, which means they give you a natural and noticeable enlargement to your iris. From the most subtle Nudy series, to the boldest Angel series, you can customize and redefine your eyes anyway you want! Best of all, they come in prescription!
Our GEO circle lenses are Health Canada certified and meet US FDA 510(K) regulation, and completely safe to wear! The contacts contain high water content, and they are maximized for comfort. Using a special dye process, colors and textures are added without sacrificing the breathability of the lens, allowing more oxygen to pass through. The result – long lasting comfort, and gorgeous eyes!
So, basically, circle lenses are hugely popular in Asia. You won’t see them as much in the US–they aren’t legally available without a prescription. Angel Contacts is based in Canada though, so you’re good to go.
Angel Contacts carries a bunch of different lines from GEO, arguably the most popular circle lens brand. Their available lines include GEO Angel, GEO Fresh Color, GEO Hurricane, GEO Magic, GEO Nudy, and GEO Olive (as well as SFX lenses). A lot of them are also available with a prescription as well (up to -7.00), but if you’re like me and way beyond normal subscriptions (-11/-10, y’all) and/or have an astigmatism, you’ll probably want to stick with plano (0.00). You should definitely pop over to their website to check them all out, as I’m only covering one color from one line in this review. I chose the GEO Nudy lenses in Violet, because they looked subtle and pretty. In my opinion, a lot of circle lenses are so obvious and fake-looking. And that’s not, in most cases, a good thing. So as much as I wanted something super crazy and bold, I went with something I’d feel comfortable wearing outside my apartment.
From Angel Contacts:
This GEO Nudy Violet Circle Lens is a very pretty lavender color, with a slight translucency to blend in with your eye color for a cute and sweet look. Easy to wear, complete your outfit with these contacts whether you’re dressed up or casual.
Close-up so you can see the detail of the lens.
First things first: READ AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO OPEN THE VIALS. This is important. If you just jump into it in your blind excitement like some people I know, you will do it totally wrong and cut the shit out of your fingers.
Exhibit B. Ouch. Basically, don’t be afraid you’ll break the vial. You won’t. You take that vial and you manhandle it according to the directions. (P.S. DON’T steal my fingerprint.)
I was so nervous when I first got these things. I panicked. I can barely touch the white part of my eye when trying to get a rouge eyelash out. How was I supposed to put a contact in? I bought some eyedrops to help me prep. Because I can’t do eyedrops either. I kept trying to use eyedrops and touch my eyes, but nothing was changing. And then one night, I just went for it. It was time to man up. I perched on my bathroom sink, blind as a bat, and I spent an hour poking and prodding at my eye. I have to give you contact-wearers props, because that’s one intense process. After repeatedly hitting my eyelashes and inverting the lens on my fingertip, I got that bitch in. I GOT IT IN. And it was the proudest moment of my life.
Yes, I got a circle lens in my eye. Just one, but it was progress. By this point it was 1am, and one lens was good enough for me. Just in case this rare event never happened again, I threw on some makeup and took pictures. Only on one eye though, because whatever.
I think these lenses (or circle lenses in general) definitely look best on those with dark eyes. You can see the blue/golden center around my pupil, which looks pretty odd. They look better in the dark, when my pupil is larger, but it’s tough to capture a decent picture of that with a point-and-shoot camera.
I like that it enlarges my eye a bit, but I have a dark natural limbal ring, which is slightly visible through the lens. With a more intense/opaque lens that probably wouldn’t be an issue.
As for comfort, I can definitely tell there’s something on my eye. I quickly got used to it though. Since I’ve never used any other circle lenses before, I can’t give any comparison on comfort, sorry! I think that those who regularly wear contacts would find them to be just fine.
Last but not least, there are SO few examples of circle lenses on light eyes out there, so if you’re looking for that, I hope you stumble across this!
Pros: Lots of color/style choices, comfortable to wear.
Cons: Not so natural-looking on light eyes.
Final Verdict: I think this may have started a problem, because now I have confidence and want to actually try normal prescription contacts again. So of course, once I get used to wearing these, I’ll definitely snag another pair. This time in green perhaps, and more intense.
Interested in trying a pair for yourself? Angel Contacts is having a sale from now until December 6th! Get 10% off any lenses with the coupon code SNOW! Retail price ranges from $25-35, and they ship worldwide! If you get some (or already have some), let me know your thoughts (and send photos!)