Jun 10, 2012

Color Contacts Round Up - Repurchase or Not?

So much for my last promise about more postings, here I am again after another month of hiatus.
(It took a little bit of effort even to click the "New Post" button, I might add. I guess all my wise blog friends are right. It is more difficult to come back once you stop. ;o)

I have more than a few makeup stuff to swatch and review, but today I'd like to talk about my color lens collection.
I have spent my pretty pennies on color contacts since last October and now I have a quite clear idea about what I prefer and not.
I guess like all other beauty products, you spend and you learn. ;p

Of course, I have never tried anything this dramatic. ;p

What I have discovered about myself in terms of wearing color contacts are..
* I like natural looking designs.
* I look weird if I wear anything bigger than 14.2 mm in diameter.
* I prefer a design that consists of 3 colors at least.
* Green, Brown and Blue contacts look fine on me as long as the designs suit me.
(This was a bit surprising for me since I initially tried to stick with Grey and Purple. ;) )
* I like comfortable lenses with higher water content.

I still have twenty pairs in my collection after discarding some defective and those horrible looking (on me) ones, and I have grouped them in three.

[Love, will definitely repurchase]

1. NEO COSMO Lucky Clover Series
I absolutely adore this. I have them in Grey, Blue and Brown colors and probably buy the Green as well.
Very natural and complex design. They are very comfortable, too.



(I don't have a close-up pic for the Brown color, but I wore them in this post.)

2. NEO Shimmer Series (aka Beaucon Shimmer)
This is a relatively old design, but I have just discovered them and ended up really liking them.
I have this in three different colors as well, Blue, Green and Honey.



(Actually, Honey color is my favorite by far. I will review on them soon with pictures.)

3. NEO COSMO Glamour and Queen Series
They are basically the same designs. Only difference is that Queen series is with four colors where Glamour has only three.
They look quite natural but I don't think it is all that natural due to the spiky outer ring shape, which makes it more unique and interesting.
Again, they are very comfortable and I might add a couple more colors in the future. :)

Glamour Brown

Queen Aqua

(Review for Queen Grey will come soon!)

4. NEO Monet 
Despite of the simple two-color design, this is the pair that I wear most often.
It doesn't give any enlargement but it makes your eyes look interesting and clean.
I have purchased the Blue color first and later on added the Brown. The Grey looks pretty as well. (hmmm)

Monet Blue

5. NEO Chagal
Remember I was madly looking for a black pair that would not make me look like an alien?
This is it!
This one doesn't enlarge at all, but the outer black rings make your eyes appear darker and clearer.
Review is on the way. ;)

[Like, but not sure if I want to repurchase]

1. NEO Dali Sweet Chocolate Brown
This is indeed a very natural brown pair that matches my eye color perfectly. 
I have just started noticing there is something unnatural about this design. I am not sure what it is. lol
I find NEO Monet Brown gives me similar but more of a realistic brown effect(?).
I am still enjoying this a lot, though.

Dali Sweet Chocolate Brown

2. NEO Dali Extra Series
I have this in the Brown and Violet and really like the subtle big eye effect, but they always require more makeup and amplifying on other parts of face. In other words, they look better only if I wear falsies or dramatic colors.
The Brown pair worked fine in my editorial red lip FOTD, but I am not very fond of Violet color although it isn't half bad.

Dali Extra Brown

Dali Extra Violet

3. NEO Dali Extra II Violet
This is a more opaque version of the previous model, and I like them less because of that.
My eyes look like blueberries when I wear them and I am not sure if I want that. lol
This pair looks great indoors, though.

Dali Extra II Violet

4. NEO Princess Eyes Series
This is a beautiful and natural design but sometimes it could look fake due to the dense color.
I prefer the Shimmer series that has sheer colors compared to the Princess Eyes.
I am not decided on this. I might try other colors in the future (if I spot a sale or something.)
NEO Princess Eye Purple Violet

5. DUEBA Big DM23 (aka Kirakira)
This is probably the most unnatural design that I own, but I ended up really enjoying them.
They are big in diameter (14.5 mm) and have this obvious and thick limbal rings and color (pink!), but there is certain charm I cannot just pinpoint. ;)

Dueba Big DM23 Pink

6. GEO World Tri-Color Series Violet
GEO lenses did not work for me generally speaking, but I find the World tri-color Series is very nice.
Just that I have found better and more natural looking designs with three colors and the starburst pattern in this is a bit stark looking.
Geo Tri-Color World SeriesViolet

7. GEO Bella Grey
This is a very pretty and feminine design, but boring and artificial in its own way.
It has the usual "GEO lens feel", which isn't exactly the most comfortable feeling when I wear them, so I probably won't repurchase them.

GEO Bella Grey

8. NEO Celeb Eyes 
There is nothing wrong with this naturally pixelated design that gives you great definition to the eyes.
I guess I just like other more natural looking designs. I find the rather thick limbal rings are not that attractive.

NEO Celeb Eyes Brown

[Dislike, no repurchse]

1. GEO Magic Circle Black (ck-105)
Not comfortable, not so natural looking. I think this was the first disappointment in finding a perfect black pair. ;p
They dried up pretty quickly, too.

GEO Magic Circle Black

2. GEO Angel Grey
I know this is still a best seller and one of the most classic designs, but I just couldn't find myself liking them,
The obvious pixelated design and stark color and designs is not my cup of tea.

GEO Angel Grey

3. GEO Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown
I think this pair looked just terrible on me. Period.
I even get scared everytime I looked at the pictures that I took for the review post. Need I say more? ;p
They were very uncomfortable so I discarded them soon after.

GEO Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown

4. Dueba Dreamy.i 
I got them in Grey and Hazel from a company called Lensvillage, and it was the most unpleasant experience not only because they were defective and irritating to my eyes but also for their horrible customer service and pointless lies.
All were discarded and Lensvillage did not see any more of my money after that.
(Here is my rant post if you are interested.)


(This one almost looks like one of the Halloween designs on top. Don't you think?)

5. Vassen Barbie Circle Black
Another heartbreaking black lens experience. ;p
They were very comfortable and sheer color was quite natural, but I couldn't help but think I look like an alien.

Vassen Barbie Circle Black

Whew, that was it.
It was longer than I expected.
I hope my post was helpful for you to choose color contacts from different designs and colors.
This is just my own opinion and preference, though.
There is no set rules for color contacts after all. I guess you try them and slowly but surely find out what looks best on you as you build up your own wardrobe. :)
(Just make sure you wear them safely!)

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