May 31, 2016

Lens review: Vassen Bambi Green

Hello people!

Time for another circle lens review! I'm gonna review the Vassen Bambi Green lenses, also sometimes known as Vassen Bambi Queen Green. ^^ These should be the same lenses as the Kimchi Bambi Green as well, since Vassen is the company that manufactures the lenses that both Kimchi and I.Fairy sell under their own brand.

But now, let's get on with the review!



Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 14.5 mm
Water content: 42%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)


If you've been spending some time with circle lenses you'll probably notice that these lenses look extremely similar to the super popular GEO Princess Mimi Apple Green lenses (I've reviewed them here)! I honestly first-hand bought these contact lenses just because I wanted to compare the two and see if they were actually identical or not – more about that later!

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Okay, so the color is pleasantly vibrant and the green is actually a true green and not one of those greens that either disappears into your (light) eyes or that ends up looking all muddy and shit; they don't end up looking blue-ish/teal either – just simple real green and that's awesome. I'm assuming that these would show up well on dark eyes too and I like how they have yellow in the middle to make them appear a bit more natural; it also softens the color so that it doesn't clash with your real eye color.

The enlargement effect is definitely big enough that you won't miss it, but it's not so big that it would eat up my eyes. These lenses will definitely provide you with a dolly eye look, if you're looking for that, but I'd also say that these are quite versatile and I could see myself wearing them as a daily fashion lens, as well as for cosplay. :)

Lens photos ahead!
All photos taken by me during a May evening with a 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.


Facing window in my apartment.
Apartment room light, lamps on.
Apartment room light, standing under yellow lamp.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
White corridor light.
Yellow corridor light.
Weak yellow light in staircase.
Facing a weak lamp in the staircase, natural light in the back.
Indoors storage room, natural light from the side.
Weird blue light.
Outdoors, back against sun. (aka facing wall)
Outdoors, indirectly facing sun, aka standing under the roof/shadows.
Outdoors, facing sun.
I had no problems inserting these. I don't feel them much in my eyes because the lenses are quite thin, but I do experience some occasional dry bouts and minor itchiness; I've also had a few occasions when one lens suddenly blurred my vision for a couple seconds, nothing bad though. The first time I wore these my eyes had been watering and itching (likely because of the bright sun) before putting them on and I think that affected why I only managed to wear them for 2 hours before my eyes were like "take them out plz". Please notice though that I have sensitive and/or dry eyes. The second time I tried these I could feel that they started drying already after 30 minutes; I also found myself rubbing my eyelids and poking the inner corners of my eyes a lot. 1 hour in I'm blinking hard, keeping my eyes closed and really wanting to take the lenses off so yeah, I can't say anything else except that these dry way too fast for me. :( Then again, eyedrops would solve that problem!

Distance photos!



Okay so, these lenses are overall really likable; the design is quite simple but that makes them really versatile and yeah, the color is definitely bright enough that if you like green lenses you should give these a try! The Vassen Bambi Greens could be a cosplay lens, a j-fashion lens or even a fancy everyday lens! The only issue I have with these is that the comfort is lacking, for me at leaast.

And here comes the bonus comparison photo I took to show how the GEO Princess Mimi Apple Green and the Vassen Bambi Green differs from one another! At first the Vassen Bambi Green seems like a rip-off but there's actually a fairly notable color difference!

GEO Princess Mimi Apple Green on (watcher's) left, Vassen Bambi Green on right.

Short summary:

Color: 9/10
Beautiful true green lenses! The color shows up well and it's quite vibrant!

Design: 8/10
Beautiful and versatile design that makes your eyes look full of life!
Opacity: 8/10 

These change my eye color, no doubt.
Enlargement: 8/10
These are big but not so big that I couldn't wear them for daily looks as well.
Comfort: 4/10 

Below average. Not really uncomfortable per se but they dry out really fast for me.
Naturalness: 2/10
These are not as natural as the Princess Mimi because of the brighter color and the yellow inner ring. Too big and flashy to be realistic.

Thanks for reading my circle lens reviews! ^.^
Shiro Samurai says bye bye ~

May 27, 2016

Lens review: Kimchi Misty Blue

Yobedooo~

Circle lens review day today! :) Today I'll be showing you the Kimchi Misty Blue lenses, which are actually prettier than one might first think! Personally I've grown really fond of this pair, especially because of the beautiful design which is surprisingly versatile in its uses!

But now, review time!



Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 16 mm
Water content: 55%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)


Lens to the watcher's right shows wrong side out.
In the vials the lenses appear as a darkish blue with, perhaps, some minor hints of violet. The color is really pretty and the design, although the series is called Misty, looks much more crystal inspired. The design is irregular and kinda jagged, yet graceful and with an air of mystique and depth to them. The lenses have quite some black too so they are sure to appear a bit darker when actually worn – but nevertheless they will look beautiful on any eye colors, I'm pretty sure.

One lens in.
As you can see the enlargement boost is there but it's, surprisingly enough, not as big as I maybe expected. I'm used to both Kimchi and I.Fairy lenses always being bigger than average but this pair doesn't feel overwhelmingly big at all – I'm assuming the lack of a thick limbal ring adds to the impression, although the lenses do have a small black ring for definition.

These lenses felt very very slightly uncomfortable when I first put them in but that feeling went away quickly. I noticed that when I blinked my eyes did those squirty "eye sounds" for quite some time and I guess that might just be because my eyes were trying to get used to the lenses being there. You know, that sound and feeling when you blink and just when your eyelids pass by/touch the contacts... :') lol best description ever, 10/10.
Comfort is kinda average but please, don't take this for granted since my lenses were to expire this summer (had I not opened them) and I have sensitive eyes anyway. For me they actually started to give the first hints of dryness already around 1 hour of wear and after 2-3 hours I considered taking them off a couple of times. These lenses keep alternating between waves of dryness and then suddenly feeling comfy again!

Lens photos ahead!
All photos taken by me during a May afternoon with a semi-cloudy 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.

Facing window in my apartment, cloudy.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
White corridor light.
Yellow corridor light.
Dim yellow light in the staircase.
Facing an orange-ish lamp in the staircase, with
natural light (from a window) coming from the side.
Indoors storage room, natural light.
Outdoors, back against light. (facing wall)
Outdoors, facing light (cloudy) but being under the roof/shadow.
Outdoors facing sun, cloudy.
Outdoors facing sun, clear sky.
The blue color is deep and surprisingly intense, even though the design has many black portions in it. I honestly expected that the black would "dull down" the blue's vibrancy but it did not – and that's amazing! I really love the shade of blue because it makes my eyes look serene and fairytale-esque. ♥ The Misty Blue makes my eyes look crystalline and it's seriously super pretty!

Distance photo!


It's a really graceful cosmetic circle lens with a magical flair that, despite its intricate print, works just as well for more casual looks as well as cosplay and j-fashion. I'm actually positively surprised by how well these lend themselves to everyday looks with minimal makeup! Needless to say it's a very versatile and multi-purpose circle lens that can see a lot of use with many different people. :) 
These colored contact lenses enhance my light blue-gray eyes and make my peepers fit into that perfect middleground between fantasy and passable for everyday! I love these and I'm sure they would look dazzling on brown eyes too ~

Short summary:

Color: 9/10  
Beautiful deep blue color that has great vibrancy, despite the amount of black in the print.
Design: 9/10
Gorgeous crystal-like design with irregular edges. Gives a magical and graceful flair.
Opacity: 8/10
The colored parts are surprisingly covering. The "blending line" is discreet as well.
Enlargement: 7/10
For being a Kimchi lens these don't feel all that big.
Comfort: 6/10
Rather average. Start to feel dry after a couple hours but this could very well be because my lenses were to expire this summer, had I not opened them.
Naturalness: 2/10
The detailed and dark print is too 'busy' to look realistic on light eyes.

Thank you for reading my contact lens reviews!
Shiro Samurai says bye bye ~

May 21, 2016

Lens review: Kimchi Kiss Gold

Hello peeps! 

Today I'll review the cool Kimchi Kiss Gold lenses! ヾ(≧∇≦*)ゝThe yellow color doesn't always show up as brightly as one might hope but it does make my eyes appear some sort of mango color, haha. It's a pretty lens!

Let's start the review!




Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 16 mm
Water content: 55%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)


These lenses sport a really unique design that sets them apart from the masses! I don't know why they are called Kimchi Kiss because to me the pattern looks like a fancy star, haha. I really like the design and wish it came in more colors because it's only available in gold, gray, pink, violet and blue – I'd seriously want to see these in red or green. *_* The black limbal ring is kinda thick too and it gives a cute enlarging effect!

One lens in.
As per usual with Kimchi lenses these are fairly big as well, not humongously big but the enlargement is big enough that it's easy to notice. These lenses don't really look good without eye makeup by the way, just a warning!

I need to say that regarding comfort these are hella comfy! I put them into my eyes no problem and I didn't feel them at all from the first second. I even biked outside with my brother to go eat some hamburgers and I had to ask him along the way if I still had my lenses on, lol. xD I swear it didn't even feel like I was wearing lenses! These lenses don't hinder my vision or anything but I felt that occasionally there was a very slight blur, especially when my eyes got tired (I wore these late into the night). I managed to wear these for 4,5 hours before they started to feel a bit dry and a little bit before 5 hours I decided to take them off.

Lens photos ahead!
All photos taken by me during a partially cloudy May evening.
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.


Facing window in my apartment.
Apartment room light. (standing next to lamp)
Flash photo.
Bathroom light.
Yellow corridor light.
Dim yellow light in staircase.
Orange-ish light in the staircase. (with natural light behind me)
Indoors storage room. (natural light from the side)
Outdoors, back against light.
Outdoors, indirectly facing light. (aka sitting under the shadows/roof)
Outdoors, facing light. (cloudy)
Bonus! Facing bright sunset outdoors with no makeup.
The color definitely shows up as yellow/gold but it's not as vibrant as I might have hoped; it's still pretty but when viewed from a distance it makes my light blue-gray lenses appear honey or perhaps light tea colored? I don't know how to describe the color. ^^" I guess the amount of black streaks also adds to the impression that the lenses appear darker when viewed from a distance. In brighter lights they do stand out more but yeah, on cloudy days they don't show their best side. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful lens.

Distance photo!


Short summary:

Color: 6/10

These lenses are yellow but aren't super bright; ends up looking honey/tea colored in average light conditions.
Design: 9/10
Really pretty and unique star-like pattern with bold black streaks!
Opacity: 7/10
Pretty good, since yellow lenses that show up decently aren't all that common. They blend surprisingly well though.
Enlargement: 8/10
These appear bigger than some other Kimchi lenses I've had, possibly because of the thicker limbal ring.
Comfort: 8/10
Really good! I don't even feel that I have lenses on! I can wear them for approximately 5 hours before they start to feel dry.
Naturalness: 1/10
The slight blending effect is nice but a yellow/golden color combined with that intricate pattern is obviously contact lenses.

Thank you for reading! I hope this review was helpful! o(*゚▽゚*)o
Shiro Samurai out.