December 31, 2021

Year of cosplay 2021

Hello everyone!

Maybe some of us were hopeful and thought that covid would only plague 2020 and then just disappear. It didn't disappear. It has mutated and now we're dealing with the Decepticon Omicron variant but if there's anything noteworthy about the year 2021 it's that some few physical anime conventions were actually safely arranged. And this was such an invigorating breath of fresh air!

You see, having been completely con deprived for over two years gave me plenty of time to think about this whole hobby and how my feelings towards it has subtly changed over the years. During the pandemic I came to realize that I missed going to cons a lot more than I thought I would; I had been hovering near a "con burnout" for quite some time already (which materialized in many ways, for example that I would more easily opt out of cosplaying and just go casual) so this forced break gave me ample time to process my thoughts and feelings. I realized that I don't attend cons as much as an outlet for cosplaying as I used to do, but more so for the atmosphere and the feeling of community and belonging. My interests have shifted somewhat to favoring a private photoshoot at homegrounds over wearing a costume to a convention to bond with potential fans. It also became even more clear to me that I feel more comfortable at smaller cons as opposed to bigger cons and that's just a result from observation over the years combined with a more keen understanding on how my own body responds to my surroundings. I've become a lot more self-aware of my needs and limitations, to put it in another way.

And just when this year was coming to a close a tiny miracle happened. Me and my friends found out that Kummacon was being held in November and so we ended up going. This means that I've increased my con attendance 100% from last year lol.

Cons attended in 2021:

Kummacon - Oulu, Finland

And because Kummacon was the only con I visited this year it also means that it was the best con lol. I do genuinely enjoy Kummacon though and I hope it stays for many more years, especially now that it kinda seems like both Kitacon and Skecon are in their respective graves? The north needs more cons, not less!

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I didn't cosplay this year either (I was close though!) so there's no cosplay compilation photo. So here's a dumb meme instead cuz no one reads a text without photos lolol.

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2021 has been an improvement from 2020 and, while much didn't happen on the cosplay front, I've done some big leaps in other fields. I've got a new job at a charity secondhand and last autumn I was a deckhand onboard Ostindiefararen Götheborg (an 18th century "East Indiaman" replica ship) when she sailed from Stockholm to Gothenburg and I had an absolutely magical experience! Now I know a good photoshoot location for my upcoming Edward Kenway cosplay eiku...
Overall 2021 has been a pretty good year (the rescue of tall ship Falls of Clyde is finally coming along too, after struggling against the odds for years!) and I have a rekindled inspiration to work on cosplays again now that it looks likely that Närcon might happen next summer!

And before we leave this year behind (it's gone too fast I tell ya) I want to thank all my readers, lurkers, sponsors and friends who are still here  I hope y'all have a pleasant new year lined up for you. 
Oh and yeah, I still have a backlog of circle lens reviews to chew through so expect those to fill a big chunk of next year's blog content as well, although hopefully there will be more variation with some actual cosplay WIP posts thrown into the mix. :)

Bye bye & Happy New Year 2022!

November 30, 2021

Kummacon 2021 – First con in two years!

Hello peeps!

Guess what? :D Kummacon was held in Oulu this past weekend on 27-28 November and yes, I was there. It has literally been two years since I last visited an anime convention and everyone knows why – covid happened and fucked shit up on a global scale. All kinds of events and gatherings have been cancelled or strictly regulated since the virus broke out in early 2020 (for northern Europe) and cons were no exception. Things are still not back to normal but Kummacon got the green light to hold their event as they imposed regulations to keep all attendants as safe as possible.

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But more about that later on, now let's start the summary from the beginning!

Kummacon building, aka Hiukkavaaratalo.

A few days before the con I bunked at my friend Sallukka's place to make the travel to Oulu and Kummacon as smooth and stress-free as possible, especially as I live in Sweden normally and crossing the border is a potential hassle. 
I had toggled between if I should bring a cosplay or not for over a month and the crisis was real until the very last day before I left home. I ultimately ended up going with as little luggage as possible (to give Firith, in turn, more room for his mountain of stuff) and that also meant no costume. I had considered doing a random jedi from Star Wars.

We had decided on driving down to Oulu the Friday before the con weekend and we split our group of four in two. Sallukka and her boyfriend went to an Airbnb while me and Firith raided my aunt. :D The car ride went mostly fine except for the fact that it was slippery as fuck and when we arrived in central Oulu there was a massive rush, for some reason, and the main road (running next to the railway station) was stuck with cars all over the place that couldn't get out and yeah, absolute chaos and road rage ensued...

Friday night we didn't do much. We ate some dinner and I helped my aunt with Metroid Dread on Nintendo Switch. She was stuck in that one water room with E.M.M.I. in Ferenia. Or more like, she wasn't really stuck but more so that it was hard and chase sequences make her somewhat anxious so she hadn't played in a while and, as a result, forgot some of the buttons. I had never played a Metroid game before but she shoved her Switch Lite into my hands and I kept dying cuz the controls are too much for this noob lolol. We ended up teamwork powering through it, her playing and me focusing on the minimap and guiding her through it as well as I could. Later I beat the electric insect boss for her (after dying like thirty times xD) and then the twin soldiers (after dying another fifty times xD). She enjoys the exploration and "figuring things out" aspects a lot more than the fighting (especially hard fights she can struggle with for a long time) so I don't feel like I ruined her game experience in any way cuz she did ask me to beat them if possible.

Saturday morning me and Firith woke up.. err, somewhat early? *insert groggy eyes emoji here*
The plan was to shoot his Luka Megurine (Vocaloid) cosplay somewhere in Oulu and while he was changing into cosplay me and my aunt brainstormed photoshoot locations nearby. We decided on Nallikari beach first and then just take it from there. Eventually Firith was done cursing his eyelash glue and so we set off with my aunt driving us around town. It's convenient because she's an experienced photographer (although I took the cosplay pics, my aunt mostly did her own thing and occasionally couched us) so she pointed out the good spots when we looked for nice backgrounds, haha. We had a dastardly good time freezing our fingers off and got some pretty sweet photos I'd say.

Once we got back to the apartment Firith yeeted his costume and changed back into casual gear to warm up. Wearing a summer dress in winter isn't the brightest thing to do but every Finnish cosplayer out there knows the motto "cosplay without pain is pretending"... :)

Sallukka eventually called and, after scouring through the nearby video game stores to find our two missing links, we were all gathered and could start our drive to Kummacon. This time the road was not as slippery (the brakes actually worked) but the con building was located a 7 or so kilometers away from central Oulu. I don't remember who of us actually said it but while we were driving closer we all must have been thinking the same thing, until someone exclaimed "minne vitun takapajuun me jouduttiin?" (lit. "what fucking backwater place did we end up in?"). :'D It looked like nowhere and apparently nowhere in Oulu is called Hiukkavaara lol.

One of the two entrances. Sign says "prepare to show covid certificate".

It was like -17 degrees outside and as soon as I exited the orange car I quickly noped my way inside the building. At Kummacon's entrance there were workers checking that everyone who entered the building had a valid EU covid certificate to show. Wearing a face mask was not mandatory but strongly recommended and thankfully a big majority did wear masks at all times. In some rooms masks were mandatory (karaoke room and some others) as well.

Another thing that stood out in Kummacon was this most peculiar rule about no shoes. Wadd de fugg?? :-DD It was not a rule set by Kummacon but rather imposed by Hiukkavaaratalo itself (I think?) which is a school and multipurpose building. So you either walked with just your socks on or you emblazoned your feet in those sexy blue shoe covers. Or you had separate indoor shoes but honestly, who bothers with such nonsense? I was #teamsocks and well, at least I get to air out my feet lol.

These gnomes were judging your shoed feet...

This is the first time the con was held in Hiukkavaaratalo and, when I stop to think about it, Kummacon is probably the con that has changed host buildings the most: Valve, Pohjankartano, Oulu International School, Kastellin monitoimitalo and now Hiukkavaaratalo. Yikes that's a lot!

But anygays, if you passed through the main entrance you were immediately met by the info table. There was always someone scanning the QR code on your covid certificate as well here. No vaccination = no entrance.
Personally I think this is very good as it allows a small public event to be organized while still making visitors feel as safe as possible from risk of infection. The call that an official EU covid certificate would be needed to enter came very late though; it was informed on Kummacon's social media channels only a week before the event. I learned that Kummacon itself had no control over how late they got this information from the higher-ups, but despite some panic (due to Sweden being slower than Finland to take the covid certificate into use) things turned out smoothly for me in the end and I could visit the con.

Entrance information table.

One thing that I noticed upon entering the building was the absence of cosplayers. There were a few from Genshin Impact and a handful of others that I didn't recognize but most visitors seemed to be in casual gear or alternate fashion. That or I didn't realize that it was a cosplay. ^^" But then again, small cons in the north usually don't have a lot of people in cosplay in general (totally guilty of this myself, I don't feel like it's worth the effort to dress up) as there's more of "chill with friends" vibes dominating the mood.

View from the entrance towards the main area.

Urumi's shop near the stairs in main area.

Asian snacks are a hot commodity.

Bard & Jester store, they're cool af.

I must admit that there were more visitors than I initially expected. It's possible that there was an influx of eager congoers as there hasn't been a physical anime convention in ages (as far as I know) and on top of Kummacon actually happening it's also free entrance. Kummacon has never had an entrance fee and I think it's great as it makes the con a low-threshold event to attend for anyone even remotely curious (like parents of an interested child) or new to the scene. 

Someone selling retro stuff near the entrance. Always a delight!

The first thing I did once I dumped my winter shoes at the entrance was to go find the cloakroom that was surprisingly far away from the entrance. I crammed my jacket into a shelf (no free hangars/hooks) and then I waited near the entrance for Firith to come inside (he stayed behind outside for a smoke). Oh and yeah, the cloakroom functioned in a self-service way, it wasn't behind a desk or with designated con workers like big cons usually have. Having no one watching of course means an increased risk of shit going missing but I didn't really feel concerned of theft at all.

Random chill circle I guess? To the top right are the toilets.

Oh and yeah, Hiukkavaaratalo is a two-floor building as visible on one of the photos above. Most of the con was located on the ground floor but the Artist's Alley and the secondhand shop were both on the upper floor. There might have been something else on the top floor as well but I don't think there was? I should maybe have taken one of those con leaflets because yeah, I did walk through the building but I am not sure if I've missed anything. Like was there even a video game room as I did not come across one?

Stairs leading up to the top floor.
 
My number one thing that I do when I get to cons nowadays is to go straight for the Artist's Alley. Maybe I'm getting old but I'm not as interested in typical anime merch anymore (I have way too much and can't be arsed to sell off what I don't need/want lol) and I'd rather buy actually useful stuff like magnets to put on my fridge, jewelry and such from independent artists and support them.
Most of the artists were familiar from previous cons but there were a few new faces too, I think? I bought a magnet to give as a small thank-you present for my aunt for letting us stay at her place over the weekend.

Artist's Alley view when entering the top floor.

More artist booths.

On the top floor the Artist's Alley was located on the right side of the split while the secondhand was located on the left side. I did do a quick trip to the secondhand side but there wasn't anything interesting there. It did look a bit like people want to get rid of their Harry Potter merchandise though now that it has come to everyone's attention that the author is a really gross TERF and yeah, tons of fans want to distance themselves from her work and understandably so.
 
I do like Hiukkavaaratalo as a con location for a small-sized event. Sure it's quite far from city (which means that unless you have your own car it might be ass to get here) but it felt cozy, clean, well lit and rather easy to navigate in as there's not a lot of corridors or narrow spaces and rooms. It felt populated but not crowded; I never felt like there were too many people in the same spot and keeping reasonable corona distances wasn't too hard either.
 
View of the ground floor from above.

It appeared like most people came here to socialize and have a jolly good time. I had not planned to participate in any scheduled activities myself, I mostly just came to check out how a covid-safe con could be implemented and to hang with my friends. And I'm perfectly content with there not being tons of things to see and do.
One thing I did pay attention to was that there were plenty of chairs and tables scattered around; I always saw free chairs somewhere so if you needed to sit down and rest your legs you always had that option and weren't forced to sit on the floor. I remember all those years ago in big cons when you just want to sit down before your lower back or legs descend to hell but you can't as every fucking chair and bench are taken. U_U

A group of people playing a card game together.
 
It's nice to see that con folks are respectful and thoughtful of others in these trying times – I did not experience anyone standing so close that they were breathing down my neck or anything of the sort; the only places where it could get a bit crammed was near shops and the cloakroom. There were no "free hugs" signs either which was to be expected as physical contact among strangers should be kept to a minimum.

I do feel like Kummacon took the whole corona thing seriously; there were hand sanitizer stations and signs spread around the con (mostly taped to the pillars) reminding visitors to use hand sanitizers and to keep the face mask on. I did not personally see anyone trying to sneak or forcibly get past the entrance  check either and overall there appeared to be no drama or proof of bad organizing. When I think about it Kummacon has always been surprisingly polished and well organized in fact, especially for being a free con.
 

 
I did not stay very long on Saturday. I mostly just checked through all the stores, did a raid on Pokémon Go, vibed in my oversized (and borrowed) Sabaton hoodie for a while and then we were off. I would probably have hung around longer normally but I didn't really feel a need to make myself any more susceptible for infection, even though the risks were minimized. It's just that you can never be sure that you're 100% safe and this little nugget of worry sits at the back of my head.

But before we left for the night I browsed the table of Veli-Matti Ural, a local comic artist and the con's guest of honor more or less. He was selling comics portraying war times (one of the comics accurately portrays the adventures of a soldier who he is related to) and I ended up striking a chat with him. Really passionate guy, I purchased a book from him that I will give as a present to a family member. I got it signed too! In hindsight I'm very happy that I bought the book on Saturday as Veli-Matti wasn't there on Sunday at all, one less Christmas present to panic about. xD

Water drinking station.

We returned for a quick visit on Sunday, mainly to grab some more stuff from Artist's Alley that wasn't available yesterday. I picked up my acrylic cutesy octopus magnet (it had sold out yesterday but the artist made more for Sunday after I asked for one) and Sallukka picked up something else.
There was some talk that Firith wanted to go to the karaoke room to sing with Sallukka but it fell through cuz awkward potato mode I guess. Me and Firith did another raid on Pokémon Go (no shiny Miltanks boo :<), I bought some discounted ramune and then we left Kummacon for Kemi.

Couldn't pass up on 1 € ramune!

All in all Kummacon was a worthwhile trip and it paves the way for future cons to be organized safely despite covid still raging, showing that it can be done. I enjoyed my time, albeit short. It was so nice to feel the "con feeling" again and be surrounded by colorful people who likes the same things your nerdy butt also likes. I feel a little bit more alive now, more hopeful for con season 2022 definitely! It also feels a bit funny to realize it but the last con I visited before le pandemic happened was actually Kummacon in 2019. xD
I'm quite fond of this lil' northern con and I hope there will be many more; it's a casual, leisurely small event where everything seems to function and where the fruits of labor are visible in the overall quality and accessibility. Free entrance and constant swaps of host buildings in this case doesn't mean that it's an unpolished mess, it means that they take what opportunities they get and make it work.

Showing off the con loot. :D (the book will be a present)

Hoping to visit more cons next year, thanks for reading!

November 24, 2021

Lens review: RevoColour Twinkle Lavender Violet

 Hi everyone!

I'm returning once more to post a new circle lens review. This time we're diving into the RevoColour Twinkle Lavender Violet, a rather soft violet lens with a lovely design.

Let's go!
 


Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 14.5 mm
Water content: 45%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)
 

As you can see the design on these is quite different from the usual bread-and-butter circle lens formula; there's a thick, albeit not very intense, black rim and a somewhat petal-shaped (or a cosmos burst?) inner design with very color-sparse sections inbetween. This implies that the lenses will have some transparency, which in turn means that your eye color might show through and likely will affect the final outcome of the lens when worn. And if you look closer you'll notice that amidst the violet dots there are some light brown dots too thrown into the mix! Very interesting.

One lens in.

Okay, so the violet is really soft and toned down. It's definitely not one of those vibrant or cosplay-esque lenses that are very color intense but it's honestly not bad either; just don't expect a costuming lens (unless you're going for close-up portraits in well illuminated areas). In some light conditions it's even hard to tell what the color of the lenses really are as my natural gray-blue kinda overpowers the violet and it just ends up looking like some dusky grayish violet.
I do like how the black rim also has the "magical dotted effect" to it (just like the main print), it makes the slight irregularity of the edges look smooth and alluring. I get the vibes that this lens is suitable for a soft fairytale aesthetic or for bringing out a youthfulness akin to childlike wonder. I noticed that the dotted, delicate design of the lens would simulate a sort of "teary-eyed" or wishful look in your eyes in good light conditions. I couldn't quite seem to catch it on camera and I thus feel like these lenses are prettier IRL and that my photos don't accurately show off their best side.
 
Lens photos below!
All photos taken by yours truly during a November noon with a mostly clear sky. There's no color filters or such on the close-up photos and that's so that the colors would be as true to real life as possible.

Indoors, natural room light.

Indoors, yellow room light.

Bathroom light.

Flash photo.

Unlit corridor, weak natural light in the distance.

Facing a window, not sun side. (backyard view)

Outdoors, back against the sun. (facing a wall)

Outdoors, standing under roof's shadow while facing the sun.

Outdoors, facing the sun directly.

Based on my very first (and only) time wearing these lenses I felt that the comfort appeared to be extraordinarily good. They were practically invisible to wear in the sense that I didn't even feel that I had lenses on. I can't grade comfort properly though as these lenses had expired in their vials by the time I got around to do this review (I only wore them for like 15 mins, to get all photos, and then I discarded them) but they appeared to be really comfortable in every way. I wouldn't be surprised if I could wear these for at least 4-5 hours if they hadn't been expired. Oh and yeah, I have naturally really dry eyes periodically so 4-5 hours might not sound like a lot, but for me it's among the longest I can wear lenses without resorting to using eyedrops.
I also want to add that these lenses are one of those where it's really hard to tell apart the right side from the wrong side as the difference in the curve is so very slight! Might be a headache for new lens wearers who haven't got a "trained eye" yet.
 
So to sum it up I really like the design of the lenses, that's why I bought them in the first place – the unique design intrigued me. It might not be a lens suitable for cosplay but it's definitely a contender for kawaii style fashion and especially if you want to opt for a more down-to-earth, youthful look while still keeping that magical flair. I also feel like these lenses look better in real life than how they appear on photos because I did catch myself marvelling at the glistening, delicate effect these lenses create. There's something ethereal in these lenses and, while I wish the violet color would have had a little more bite to it, I can't pretend to be disappointed either. It's a nice lens and worth checking out.

Distance photo!


Short summary:

Color: 7/10  
A delicate, very soft and pastel-ish light violet mixed with a few dots of brown for extra effect.
Design: 7/10
A cute design, starry and youthful but also toned down a notch. Lively yet discreet.
Opacity: 5/10
The lens is partially transparent and how violet it looks will depend on light conditions and your natural eye color. Not good, not bad when it comes to color coverage.
Enlargement: 6/10
Somewhat big and the black limbal ring further puts focus on the size.
Comfort: 9/10
Appears to be extremely comfortable. I did not feel them at all.
Naturalness: 4/10
Too big and the design itself is too artistic. Yet for being a most unnatural color it doesn't look very unnatural.

Thank you for reading my reviews~
Shiro Samurai says bye.

November 22, 2021

Lens review: I-Codi Colors of the Wind Leaf Green

 Hello again!
 
I'm back with another circle lens review and this time I'm continuing with the greens, woop! It's time for the I-Codi Colors of the Wind Leaf Green and let's-a-go immediately~



Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 15.0 mm
Water content: 38%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)
 

I don't think it's a surprise by now that I like green lenses a lot, despite the lurking danger that green lenses can be quite a hit or miss for blue-eyed people like me. xD But I've also noticed that, so far, none of my green lenses from the Colors of the Wind series have been shit and thus I also feel rather strongly that this is a quality series. Color coverage has always been pretty good and it's a massive bonus that there's so many colors to choose from in this set too, you're sure to be infatuated by at least something lol!
 
One lens in.
 
This is a lightish, somewhat mossy green lens that is really pleasant in my opinion. The shade of green has this nature-near feeling (think like leaves on a tree or something) and I love how that simple, semi-natural patterning in the lens really adds an alluring pull to it with those faint black streaks. This color just looks so good on my eyes and the blending is rather sublime too, there's no harsh edges where the lens meets my iris! It should also be noted that for being a light green lens the color coverage and general opacity of the pigment is really good; it somehow lands on that golden middle road where it has enough color intensity to clearly change the appearance of my eyes while also not being so much that it would cease to look semi-natural.
Oh and yeah, regarding the enlargement effect these land on the rather moderate scale. There's not a huge chunk of size improvement but it's definitely enough to be noticed. So basically no dolly kawaii eyes but rather this size that is flattering on a large array of eye shapes and styles.

Lens photos below!
All photos taken by yours truly during a November morning with a mostly clear sky. There's no color filters or such on the close-up photos and that's so that the colors would be as true to real life as possible.
 
Indoors, natural room light.

Indoors, yellow room light.

Bathroom light.

Flash photo.

Facing a window. (not sun side)

Outdoor, back against the sun. (facing wall)

Outdoors, facing the sun.

And as always I can't grade comfort properly for these as they had expired (in their unopened vials) by the time I found them. If you've been reading my blog for a while you know the story, but if you're new here I'll write it down once more lol. So basically the story is that I had purchased a sizeable amount of circle lenses a long time ago and I had put them all in a cardboard box that I had then put away somewhere and then forgotten about.. for literal years. You can safely guess that everything in said box had expired when I found it. :) Fuck my life and so on.
So what I'm doing now is that I'm trying to review every single pair in said doomed box, to at least help the community before I throw 'em all away. With that said, please don't wear expired lenses! I'm only wearing them long enough to get all necessary review photos taken (which takes around 10-20 minutes) and then I immediately yeet them into the garbage bin.
So yeah, comfort. What little I can say is that during my short time wearing these beauties they were thin to the point I barely felt them in my eyes and overall they seemed to be really comfortable. I'm assuming I could have worn these for 4-5 or so hours if they had been fresh, which is solid in my standards as I have naturally really dry and rather sensitive eyes.

All in all Colors of the Wind series is a beautiful collection of lenses that comes in so many color variations that you're sure to find something you like. The Leaf Green color is honestly wonderful in my book and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it forward if you're on the search for this kind of green shade that fills your imagination with a lush, sleeping forest. It's not every day that you run into this kind of tender, soft green shade that doesn't simply turn into a muddy mess on blue-gray eyes.

Distance photo!
 
 
Short summary:

Color: 8/10
Gorgeous, alluring, delicate yet lively soft green.
Huge nature vibes.
Design: 8/10
Mimics a real iris yet has enough punch to turn heads. Rather magical, in fact.
Opacity: 8/10 
For being such a light green the color coverage is stellar!
Enlargement: 4/10
There's some size enhancement but it's not too much.
Comfort: 8/10 
Appears to be thin, comfy and very wearable. I didn't really feel that I had lenses on much at all.
Naturalness: 6/10
Somewhat too big but otherwise passable, as long as no one looks too close. Semi-realistic.

Thanks for reading my blog~

November 20, 2021

Lens review: I-Codi Colors of the Wind Ever Green

Hello!
 
I'm continuing with even more lens reviews (at least these work as a respirator for the blog until I get some proper cosplay content done xD) and today I thought I'd show y'all the I-Codi Colors of the Wind Ever Green circle lenses.

Let's go!



Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 15.0 mm
Water content: 38%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)


I'm not gonna pretend otherwise I am quite fond of this series. The design itself is not the most unique out there but there's such a plethora of colors available that I can't but marvel. And the design is by no means boring, it's semi-natural but there is that one ~something~ that makes them really speak to me. It's hard to pinpoint what exactly it is but I just feel like the Colors of the Wind series are really easy to like as they are so versatile and thus will look good on most people and work for many different purposes, be it costuming or daily fashion.

One lens in.

In terms of size these are moderate, they're not really big but not small either. There is a black limbal ring but it's rather thin and doesn't make your eyes look super dolly or anything. The print is rather simple and somewhat mimics a real iris, although with a tinge of fantasy flair added to it.
I do also like the color coverage green lenses can be very hit or miss (depending on your natural eye color) but these show up very clearly as green and it's a rather clear green too, which is definitely a plus in my book. I also like how these seem to blend and transition nicely into my real eye color at the pupil hole, there's no obvious glaring edges where the lens meets my iris.

Lens photos below!
All photos taken by yours truly during a November morning with a mostly clear sky. There's no color filters or such on the close-up photos and that's so that the colors would be as true to real life as possible.

Indoors, natural room light.

Indoors, yellow room light.

Bathroom light.

Flash photo.

Unlit corridor, weak natural light in the distance.

Facing a window. (backyard view, not sun side)

Outdoors, back against the sun. (facing wall)

Outdoors, facing the sun.

I can't grade comfort properly for these as they had sadly expired in their unopened vials by the time I found them. Most people who have been reading my blog for a while or so know the drill, but if you're new here the story is basically that years ago I had purchased quite a lot of circle lenses and I had put them all in a cardboard box that I had then yeeted somewhere safe and forgotten about.. until somewhat recently. Much to my disappointment everything in the box had expired and so I'm now trying to at least get reviews done, to help the community, and thus not have my moolah completely wasted. With that said, please don't wear expired lenses I'm only wearing them long enough to get all necessary review photos taken (which takes approximately 10-20 minutes) and then I immediately discard the lenses.
So yeah, what little I can say regarding my short time wearing these lenses is that they were thin, overall comfortable and I barely felt them in my eyes. They were easy to insert but just be aware that this is one of those lenses where it's rather hard for inexperienced contact lens wearers to tell the right side from the wrong side. Oh and yeah, I'm assuming that if these lenses had been fresh I probably could have worn them for 4-5 or so hours, which is good in my standards as I have naturally really dry and somewhat sensitive eyes (I periodically have to use eyedrops daily).

All in all Colors of the Wind series is a fun and somewhat playful collection of lenses. There's tons of colors to choose from and they fit a lot of different purposes unless you're trying to go for a really over-the-top style, then these might be on the fence of being "too natural". Although they are more semi-natural due to the good color payoff, slightly enhanced size and just general fanciness. I find this series very likable, even as a cosplayer, and I would recommend checking it out if you want a lot to choose from.

Distance photo!


Short summary:

Color: 7/10
A really nice, somewhat deep and darkish green that has this alluring pull to it.

Design: 8/10
Mimics a real iris and it also sports a thin black limbal ring, simple but very versatile.
Opacity: 7/10 
Great color coverage and the lens transitions somewhat smoothly into my iris, despite the notable color difference.
Enlargement: 4/10
Moderate size enlargement, it's not a lot but it's still clearly noticeable.
Comfort: 8/10 
Appears to be thin, comfy and easy to insert. I barely felt them at all.
Naturalness: 5/10
The color itself, for being green, is a bit too rich to really fly but otherwise not bad.

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this review helpful~