Hello chuu ~
It's time for a lens review again! ^_^
This time it's the I.Fairy Hanabi Blue circle lenses that I will tell you all about! You can also occasionally find them under the name Vassen Hanabi Blue - it's the same lenses!
This pair of lenses was actually kindly sponsored to me by LensVillage! ♡
But don't worry, dear readers, this review is all 100% my honest opinion, just as always before! ~
|I.Fairy Hanabi Blue in their cute little vial bottles!|
|Notice the I.Fairy authenticity stickers!|
Before I start with the review I just want to say some words about LensVillage! :D
They were actually the one who contacted me first, asking if I was interested in a sponsorship offer. Of course I said YES - I love reviewing circle lenses and LensVillage is honestly my first go-to online circle lens store when I'm looking to buy new lenses anyway; so I knew already from my previous shopping experiences with them that they were definitely trustable and safe! By safe I mean that they sell authentic quality lenses and that it's not a scam site. ;)
Actually, if I let you in on a little secret... I had been wishing to get a sponsorship one day, because I genuinely love to help out others looking for what lenses to buy and on the same go getting to try out many different lenses myself! ♡ I just hadn't counted on it happening already, so it was quite the unreal feeling at first, ahaha! ;u; I was really taken by this offer, it felt like a dream come true - and what made it even better was that the offer came from one of my favorite colored contact lens stores! I couldn't have been any happier, I swear! ;w;
So, they actually let me choose freely a pair of lenses, from their store, which I would then get to review. Some of my first choices happened to be out of stock in my prescription (yes, I actually have a prescription but it's so minor that, most of the time, lenses don't even come in the power I need! ;n; hurrdurr) but I eventually settled on the I.Fairy Hanabi series because they looked really interesting and I had been wanting to try them out for a while. :) Actually at first I asked for the Hanabi Green but I guess it was out of stock or something because I got sent the Hanabi Blue instead! Honestly, I don't mind at all - blue would have been my second choice anyway and now that I've tried these lenses on I'm so in love with them that I'm actually happy that I got these instead, ha ha ha.
Oh, and I should maybe mention that the first shipment they sent to me either got stuck in the customs or missing, but when I contacted LensVillage they were really prompt to reply and kindly sent a second package my way, making sure that I wouldn't have to wait any more!
All along they were really helpful, quick to answer and a pleasure to deal with.
If you ever order from their store and have any problems, don't be scared to contact them - they will do their best to help you out!
I also want to mention that the lenses came safely packaged - they were wrapped in this kind of dense sponge-y foam in a plastic bubble wrap envelope. I also of course got a lens case with; you get them with for free from most lens stores nowadays. It was this kind of normal lens case though, not the cute animal ones that some other lens stores will give you and honestly, I personally think that that's for the better. I've had several instances with the animal lens cases leaking (even when upright!) so I don't use them anymore, but these that LensVillage sent -they have different colors and a footprint design on the lids- I've never had issues with, even when traveling and having them moving around in my shoulder bag.
Okay so, I'll get back to reviewing the actual lenses now! ;)
Have some photos of them in the bottles!
Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 16.2 mm
Diameter: 16.2 mm
Water content: 55%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)
I must admit that when I first looked at the lenses I was gushing a few minutes over how cool and vivid they were! :'D The design looks a bit costume-y and it has this kind of swirl going on that really grabs your attention! There is also a fairly thick black limbal ring which makes the enlargement effect more pronounced.
The diameter is 16.2 mm, according to the I.Fairy vials.
As per usual I put the lenses to soak the evening before I would actually wear them. You aren't supposed to put them into your eyes right after you open the bottles!
I popped them in no problem, except that my eyes got a bit watery for the first two minutes or so. But it's nothing uncommon, it happens to me every now and then, no matter what lenses I'm wearing.
Oh, and of course are all the photos (of me wearing the lenses) without any color filters or edits that would affect how the lenses appear! This is to show you how the lenses really look.
|One lens in, to show enlargement effect.|
My natural eye color is a blue-gray with a greenish tint and a golden ring next to the pupil.
The following photos are all taken indoors in my apartment, during a sunny winter morning
yes, April is still winter and we have plenty of snow. There are no roomlights on, all the light is natural (sun)light coming from the window.
|Indoors, facing window.|
The Hanabi Blue lenses are super opaque on my eyes, the color really shows up and it does so even at a fair distance. They make my eyes look really cool!
The only thing that some people might not appreciate so much is that the pupil hole is big, so it might look a bit weird on light eyes sometimes, I guess. Personally I'm not bothered by it, especially if you compare to how it used to bother me when I first started with circle lenses, haha. I actually even prefer a slightly wider pupil hole nowadays, just so that the lenses won't restrict my vision in places with insufficient light. These lenses don't restrict my vision, by the way. :)
Now more photos, still taken during the same time of day but in different light conditions indoors!
|Bathroom light, standing very close to the lamp.|
|Bathroom light, standing a bit farther away from the lamp.|
|Flash photo, indoors.|
|In the corridor, facing the window.|
|Lamp light at the end of the staircase, indoors. |
(next to me is the back door leading outside)
Now for outdoor photos of the lenses!
|Outside, facing the direction of the sun but being under the roof's shadow,|
so that light doesn't hit directly on my eyes.
|Back against the sun.|
|Facing the sun directly.|
Sorry about my other eye falling in the camera's shadow.
Oh oh, don't go yet! I still have the distance photos to show!
This time I was going for a school-boy look. ♡
All the photos are taken by me.
Absolutely amazing blue color. It's a strong, vivid and definitely beautiful shade. Great for cosplay as well as alternate fashion styles like lolita and Visual Kei etc!
Cool swirl design that draws your gaze in. It's almost a bit mesmerizing.
Very opaque on light eyes at least. It hides my real eye color well.
Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig eyes. Period.
Surprisingly comfortable for having such a big diameter. I was pleasantly surprised.
It's a bit hard to call these natural-looking, haha. They are bright blue, huge and fabulous - you make fashion statements with these on, not office work rounds!
Thank you for reading, I hope this was helpful! :')
Thank you LensVillage! ♡