I have several lens reviews coming up in the next few weeks so I thought I would put out a little information in case anybody wanted to reference back to it. You can always skip down to the review below!
So circle lenses were developed in Korea I'm going to say 5 or 6 years ago (maybe even longer). The earlier lenses that came out gave your eyes a shimmer or added a "teary" effect -- something like you would see in a Japanese cartoon or anime.
As circle lenses evolved, large rings or circles were added around the iris, causing an enlargement of the eyes (thus the name "circle" lens). Obviously this was meant for our smaller Asian eyes.
This image is from a popular Chinese make-over show. One eye has fake eyelashes, double eyelid tape, circle lens, and make-up.
Now these lenses are popular all over the world, worn by every type of ethnicity. Many lenses now just come in interesting colors and do not necessarily have the thick black ring. There are tons and tons of styles, colors, and designs from various manufacturers.
There have been articles and news reports warning people against circle lenses and their potential for causing blindness. You should definitely do a bit of research, learn their proper care, and consult your eye doctor before using circle lenses.
I personally do not have much experience with circle lenses. I purchased two pairs about three years ago (I don't even remember the website) and had a pretty bad experience with them. One pair was a yellow brown that looked completely unnatural and lizard like. After soaking for a few days in contact solution the color somehow came off!!! It scared the crap out of me -- the colors were just painted on!!!
The second pair was a more natural brown but it was SO irritating to my eyes. After wearing it for a whole day I couldn't even put my regular contacts in for a few days. I really wish I could remember the website and which contacts I purchased to warn everyone away.
So yes it took two good years for me to jump back on the circle lens horse. I still don't plan on wearing them for long periods of time. The good news is there are plenty of Youtubers and Bloggers who have done the research for you -- you can check out reviews of lenses and reputable stores before making your purchase so hopefully you won't go through the same problems I did!
On To The Review:
Being Korean, I've always considered blue contacts too unnatural for my eyes. I'm not a fan of super obvious colored lenses as the color "pops" and attracts too much attention. I normally stick with browns or greys but I have sort of grown out of colored contacts in general as I find them irritating for my eyes.
Another issue I have is my prescription -- believe it or not both of my eyes are -9.5. Yes I'm super blind! It's pretty hard to find colored lens in my prescription -- some go up to -10.0 but most only go to -6.0 or -8.0.
Fortunately Koreabigeyes.com let me know that they had my prescription in the
The colors blended nicely into my naturally medium brown eyes. Please keep in mind circle lenses look different on everyone depending on their natural eye color.