March 16, 2015

Lens review: GEO Mimi Cafe Cappuccino Gray


Today I'm writing to you because I just opened a new pair of circle lenses and it's time to scribble together a review of them, yes! This time I shall be reviewing the GEO Mimi Cafe Cappuccino Gray, from GEO's Cafe Mimi series, of course. Funnily enough I dislike coffee haha. They are my first gray lenses that I get to try and I'm curious about how they'll look on my eyes.

Whaddawi waiting for, let's roll!

As you can see, these lenses can also be recognized by their code number thingy, which is WMM-500. And of course, because it's GEO Medical lenses, they come with the green authenticity stickers so that you can check them up online to prove that they are genuine and thus safe to wear!

Lenses in their vials.
Base curve: 8.7 mm
Diameter: 15.0 mm
Water content: 42%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)

The reason why I haven't reviewed any gray lenses before this is because I'm just not very drawn to the color. Most times I just dismiss the gray lens choice as boring in my mind, without really being aware that I do it. x) I don't know, gray just doesn't scream "wow try me!" to me, ha ha ha. But hey, every once in a blue moon a lens design shows up that actually looks interesting in gray and then I just, sometimes, might end up actually buying it... *cough*

Okay so, these lenses have a base curve of 8.7 mm and a diameter of 15.0 mm if the vial descriptions are to be trusted. I was a little worried about the base curve because when I had my vision checked up I got told that my base curve was 8.6-ish. Ish. D: Oh well, that's already knowing something lol.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
When I popped the lenses in for the first time the right one went in like a charm; I pretty much immediately stopped feeling it in my eye. But the left one though oh why is it always the left one? did give me some minor problems, or well, not really problems because it never hurt or anything it's just that it didn't want to stay on my eye! The first two times I put it in it came right off as soon as I blinked. I don't know, it just jumped out with the eyelid movement or something. On the third time it finally settled right on my eyeball. As soon as it was in place I had no discomfort or problems with it, except for one little thing I do notice that if I blink and keep my eyes down a tiny bit longer then it feels like the left lens kinda "lifts up" a bit on my eye so that it's not properly on it. I really don't know how to explain it but it feels like the lens is about to fall off my eye and my vision blurs for a second. Nothing bad though; I think it might be because of the base curve, if anything, but I'm not sure.

Okay, so when I had both lenses in and looked into the bathroom mirror for the first time my immediate reaction was "man, they're big!" along with "hey, these were supposed to be gray, right? My ass. They should be renamed to black!".
Yeah. ._. Well, not like it was a bad surprise actually, the contrary!
I find these lenses super cool-looking because they are so dark and patterned and, seeing how they appear much more black than gray, I think they give this huge 'oomph' effect especially on me who has light eyes I think it stands out more because of the obvious contrast! No wonder why I thought that they looked weirdly dark in the bottles haha.
The color is really dark *nods nods* and together with the really unique design it looks hella cool! For some reason the way these lenses appear they remind me of gothic/darker styles and such I think these would look awesome with this kind of fashion styles! Sure that the lens design is probably supposed to mimic a coffee pattern but hey, these just scream dark alternate fashion extravaganza to me.

I'll cut the review talk for a while and deliver the ordinary batch of photos of the lenses being worn! All these photos taken by me, as per usual, during a sunny winter morning. There's of course no color filters or anything to change how the lenses appear.
Sorry about the lack of sharpness on some of them, my camera just wasn't in a cooperative mood today...

Facing the window in my apartment.
Facing the window in the corridor.
Shitty yellow staircase light.
Facing the sun outside.
Outside with my back turned against the sun.
Standing at the building's corner in the shadow, facing the sunlight.
Still in the same corner but facing it. (opposite direction from light)
Bathroom light.
Indoors apartment room light.
Back in my apartment, lying on the bed next to the window.
Indoors facing a wall in my apartment.
Flash photo indoors.
In terms of enlargement I say that these are big the stated 15.0 mm is definitely on the right track. They are so big on my eyes that not that much of the white of the eye is showing which looks a bit like the lenses eat up my eyes but it's still not to the point of being downright freaky. I do like the effect they give though, it's swag! But I do think that, at least in my case, I can't wear these without eye makeup or it will look really unnatural and possibly scary.

And for comfort I can say that I'm pleased. They feel thin and are surprisingly comfortable for being this big. As soon as I put them in I don't feel them anymore and I had no problems reading a book, with a fairly small font, for one hour either. I don't feel a need to poke the inner corners of my eyes or anything of the sort if anything it's my makeup itching and not the lenses lol. Definitely giving a thumbs up for these in comfort; they don't hinder my vision. If anything they make my eyes feel dry after the 4-hour mark, but that might just as well be because I put them on early in the morning after I woke up and I didn't sleep the recommended hours and my eyes felt a bit dry to begin with. But yeah, if they do indeed dry after 4 hours when I wear them more I'll just use eyedrops, if necessary. I also noticed that when I took off the lenses my irises had a very slight red halo around the edges, which always worries me a bit because it happens with some lenses and not with others. *shrugs*

Oh hey, of course I still have the distance photo to show!

My wig is so fluffy...

Short summary:

Color: 8/10
Ignoring the fact that these are labeled as 'gray' they have
on my eyes at least a fairly solid black color.
Design: 9/10
Unique detailed design. It's probably supposed to mimic coffee patterning, but, if you ask me, these would fit really well for any gothic looks or for big black dolly eyes!
Opacity: 8/10
They are more opaque than I thought at first
definitely delivers on this front! The color is less opaque and lightens around the pupil though, which saves you from appearing as if aliens abducted you.
Enlargement: 8/10
These are big, no joke.
Comfort: 8/10

Very comfortable. I don't feel them in my eyes and I can wear them several hours before they start to feel dry.
Naturalness: 1/10
If you're light-eyed
like me then these are almost as unnatural as they come. :'D Huge black eyes that stare into your soul...

That'll be it for this time! Sayonara!


Hasaki Tsuki said...

Amazing lenses! They look so dramatic on your eyes! <3
I think it might look cooler with heavy make-up though, maybe give it a try someday?
Now you made me really curious and hyped about black lenses... :'D

Celia Phantomhive said...

bless this review, I wish all contacts had references with light eyes like this