My eyes are kinda sludge coloured.
It’s a bit of a bummer, to be honest, because no one ever writes songs about girls with sludge coloured eyes, do they? I mean, can you imagine if Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds had talked about a girl with sludge-coloured eyes, rather than a girl with kaleidoscope eyes? It would’ve changed the entire course of musical history, wouldn’t it?
I grew up listening to The Beatles and wishing I had kaleidoscope eyes: instead I got a greeny-brown shade that’s neither one thing nor the other. If I’ve been crying, my eyes turn a very bright green, which is awesome. I can’t exactly go around crying all the time, though (although when I was a teenager I definitely gave it my best shot…), so I’m pretty much stuck with this colour:
I mean, they’re not so bad, really. I feel a bit mean now for talking about them like that: it’s not their fault, after all. Nevetheless, when Lenses-Contact got in touch and offered to send me some of their TopVue Coloured lenses to try, I was all over that. At last, I could have the sparkly green eyes I’d always wanted! And also some sparkly blue eyes, because these come in green AND blue, and meh, why not?
(I’ve just realised these photos are probably a bit creepy to some of you, in an “Oh yeah, here are some eyeballs just lying on my kitchen counter,” kinda way. Well, it IS almost Halloween…)
OK, so here’s the technical bit: listen up…
These are soft contact lenses, designed to add a touch of colour to your eyes. You can use them with a prescription or without one: I wear contact lenses anyway, so I got these in my usual prescription, but if you’ve never worn lenses before, you’ll have to visit your optician first, just to make sure they’ll be suitable for your eyes. These are monthly disposables, so you can wear them for up to a month at a time, as long as you take them out each night and clean/disinfect them (which means you’ll also have to purchase a cleaning solution for them: there’s a range of different solutions at the Lenses-Contact website, or you can find them in any chemist or larger supermarket).
As I said, I was sent both the green and blue lenses to try, and although I was most interested in the green lenses, which I hoped would boost my natural shade, without looking too “fake”, I decided to try the blue pair first, just to see if anyone would notice the difference. So I picked a day we were going to visit my parents, then popped in the blue contact lenses:
Then I almost popped them right back out again, because at first they just looked so strange to me: I felt almost like I had alien eyes or something, and I was sure everyone who saw me would be all, “OMG UR EYES!”
Er, not so much, really.
Folks, no one noticed. AT ALL. In the end, I even went right up to my mum and pretended to have something stuck in my eye, and she STILL didn’t notice, so we went through one of those “Do you see anything different about me?” conversations, in which she asked if I’d changed my hair, my lipstick and my makeup, but didn’t even consider the fact that I might have changed my EYES. Conclusion: although the difference is obvious in the photos, and looked REALLY obvious to me in the mirror, it’s not a difference the casual observer is going to notice. Or even the casual parent, for that matter.
(In fairness, these photos were taken in bright sunlight, and my parents seen me at night, so the effect wasn’t nearly as pronounced!)
It was the green lenses I was most interested in, though: as my eyes have quite a bit of green in them anyway, I figured they’d be the most natural choice, and would probably just enhance my natural colour, rather than changing it. Which is exactly what they did:
There would be no chance of anyone noticing the difference here unless it was pointed out to them, but I do like the effect, and will keep on using them. Unfortunately for me, though, I’ll be mostly using these on a “special occasions only” basis: I have very dry eyes, and normally wear daily disposables rather than monthly ones. Even my usual dailes will start to dry out my eyes if I try to wear them for a long time, and I find that monthly lenses like these will make that happen even faster. That’s an issue with my eyes rather than with the lenses, obviously, but it’s another reason you should check with an optician to make sure they’ll be suitable.
To help with the dryness, I was also sent a bottle of LAIM Moisture Eye Spray, which is one of those formulas you spray onto your closed eyelids, rather than applying directly to the eye. It took me a few attempts before I could stop myself flinching away every time the spray hit my eyelid, but it does make my eyes feel more comfortable, and can be used even if you’re wearing eye makeup, which is great, because if I’m basically ALWAYS wearing eye makeup.
As for the general wear of these, there’s no real difference between them and a regular pair of lenses: you obviously don’t see the coloured part when you’re wearing them, so if you’re used to wearing contact lenses, you shouldn’t have any issues with them. And as an added bonus, if you happen to drop one, it’ll be a whole lot easier to find than a clear lens: not that I’d know anything about THAT, obviously…