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Okay, let’s kick off this week with a look at 1-Day Acuvue Define Natural Shine Circle Lens. These lenses were sponsored by KLensPop.com. Incase you haven’t heard of them, KLensPop is an online store that sells only 100% authentic Korean circle lenses at affordable prices.
A couple of months ago, I did a review on the FreshLook Illuminate 1-Day Circle Lens (read the review here). Today I will be reviewing Acuvue’s 1-Day lens and comparing it to my experiences with FreshLook.
Each box comes with 30 lenses (15 pairs), all with the same power. Since each of my eyes have a different prescription power, I had to get two separate boxes. The price for 1 box is $34.00.
The Acuvue box costs $9.00 more than the FreshLook box! Essentially, you are paying for the same thing, just different brands. Let’s have a look to see if Acuvue is worth paying the extra bucks for.
The expiration date for my Acuvue contacts is in 2017, which is similar to the expiration for FreshLook. It’s always good to take a look at when your contacts expire. Since the expiration date is more than 3 years from now, you know that the lenses that you are receiving from KLensPop.com are newer. If you lens have only a year till they expire, chances are that your lens box has been sitting on the shelf for quite a while.
The Acuvue box opens up similar to a box of donuts. You probably recognize this type of packaging if you have worn any other Acuvue brand products in the past, as they all have a similar style packaging. Personally, I could care less for how the lenses are packaged. I would say that the Acuvue packaging is nicer the FreshLooks, but it’s also a little more complicated to open up if it’s your first time.
Though the packaging is nicer for Acuvue, I prefer FreshLook’s packaging simply because it is more practical. With FreshLook, you can easily separate your box into 3 smaller boxes, which makes it much easier for travel and storage. The Acuvue box forces you to keep all of your contacts in the same container. I guess in the end, it’s all up to your own personal preference.
Inside of the Acuvue box are strips of disposable contact lens. Each box comes with 6 strips, and each strip has 5 individually packaged lens wrapped in a liquid filled plastic container.
TIP: Something to note about these Acuvue strips of contact lens is that sometimes they are difficult to separate. Because the seal, foil, lid, or whatever you want to call it, is connected all the way across the strip, it’s very easy to accidentally rip open an adjacent lenses’ fluid. I’ve done this many times before. The trick is that you gotta fold and bend at the connecting joints. This will help almost make it “snap” off from the strip of lenses without spoiling any that you may be planning to use in the future.
The 1-Day Acuvue lenses are available in three different designs: Natural Shine, Vivid Style, and Accent Style
I ended up getting Natural Shine because it was a mix of black and brown, where as Vivid Style is purely brown, and Define Accent is purely black. I wanted the best of both worlds.
Here’s the Korean commercial for 1-Day Acuvue incase you are interested:
Let’s now take a closer look at the actual Acuvue Define Natural Shine lens. Here they are after opening them up and dropping them in a contact case.
What do you think? I’m sure that you would agree with me that the color looks very muted or faded.
Though the diameter is 14.2mm, which is a good deal larger than FreshLook’s 13.8mm diameter, it really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Neither of these lens will give you that dolly eyed look that you may want. However, if you are looking for a 1-Day lens, these are probably the best that you will be able to find for now.
Although I’ve said this in the FreshLook post, I’ll say it again here:
If you want a lens that looks natural, this is for you.
If you want convenience, this is for you.
If you want the healthiest color contacts for your eyes, this is for you.
… But if you are looking for a dramatic effect for your eyes, look elsewhere.
Let me share with you a secret about the Acuvue & FreshLook lens. I know the Acuvue lens have a larger diameter, and you might be thinking, then shouldn’t there be a greater enlarging effect in comparison to the FreshLook lens? — Well actually, NO. You are wrong! I’ll tell you why.
Below is a close up photo of the Acuvue lens. Notice that there is a LOT of clear lens that rims the entire contact. This abnormally huge gap actually makes your true diameter smaller than 14.2mm. It’s almost like Acuvue cheated by claiming that they have a larger diameter, but in reality, the diameter size doesn’t show in your eye.
I don’t have a photo of the FreshLook lens for you to analyze on here, but trust me, the clear rim is not as thick as Acuvue’s. This is why Acuvue fails to give an enlarging effect even though their diameter is 14.2mm. Honestly, you are better off going for the cheaper box — FreshLook.
I’ve been wearing circle lens every day for about 8 years now. I know when a lens isn’t enlarging my eye enough because I will have that strange moment when I put on the contacts, look up in the mirror, and sort of scare myself because my eyes look so empty and small. This happened to me both with the FreshLook and Acuvue lenses.
One thing that I will note is that the Acuvue lens design is more closely similar to your typical circle lens. The design gives a crescent moon halo effect. Because of it’s design, though it may lack an enlarging effect, it still makes it more possible to pull off gyaru style makeup.
Of course, a circle lens review is not complete without showing you how they look under various lighting. As you can see, the lens are pretty similar in each environment. This is great because it means that the lens design is able to blend in with the natural eye color seamlessly.
Something I really dislike about Acuvue Define Natural Shine’s design is the choice of brown that was used. I find that the brown has too much red undertones, making it look like my eyes are super veiny. Take a look at the detailed close up shot below. Do you see where the crescent moon halo is? Do you see the brown there? Doesn’t it sort of look like I have lots of veins? I don’t think this look is very attractive.
Oh and btw, when I wear these lens, for some reason it really likes to shift around in my eyes. I wasn’t sure why until I had a look at the base curve (BC) and noticed that it was 8.5. This explains everything! I normally wear a BC of 8.6, which is what my FreshLook box was.
Girls, please make sure that you are purchasing contacts with the correct base curve! It makes all the difference in terms of comfort. This is something that you would have to do at an optometrist office, or you can also test it yourself (but don’t say that I told you to). To test it yourself, all you need to do is wear the lens and look around in different directions without moving your head. Without blinking, lens shouldn’t shift as much as they do in the photos below. Instead they should somewhat follow your eyes. But be careful, because the lens should also not stick onto your eye too tightly. It needs to move with your eyes but still have a little tiny bit of movement. No suction cup lenses!
You know, even though the BC of these lenses were too big for my eye, I still managed to wear them all day long. All I had to do to readjust the lens was to blink in the direction that I was going to look. It took a little getting used to, but was okay in the end.
My thoughts on the 1-Day Acuvue Define Natural Shine Circle Lens:
- I got these for the convenience of not having to deal with solution and contact cases when I travel
- These are much healthier for your eyes than your average circle lens
- You can look beautiful with these lens
- The price is okay, assuming that you don’t plan on wearing these 365 days a year
- I wish that the black was blacker and the brown less red
- Enlarging effect is very minimal, but the design still looks very typical for circle lens
- These lens would have been comfortable for me if it were the correct BC
- If I would purchase again, I would prefer FreshLook’s 1-Day lens
1-Day Acuvue Define (Natural Shine) Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ 3.5 stars
What are your current favorite lens and what diameter do you prefer?
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