Sunday, March 24, 2013

Best Multipurpose Solutions for Circle Lenses

Here are some of our top picks for solutions to cleanse and store your colored contacts and circle lenses.

OPTI-FREE Replenish & Express

Hands down OPTI-FREE is my favourite brand of contact lens solution.  You know how when you put on contact lenses, you get that initial stinging sensation?  Especially when it's early in the morning and your eyes are still sensitive to light?  I've never gotten that with Opti-Free.
I also find that pre-soaking my lenses in Opti-Free makes my eyes less prone to dryness throughout the day.  My eyes feel quite comfortable all day long.  Sometimes, my lenses become blurry due to dryness, but I haven't experienced that with Opti-Free treated lenses.
I haven't noticed any difference in comfort levels between the Replenish and Express versions so they're pretty much the same for me.  The Express is "express" because its formula supposedly dissolves the protein deposits on the lenses for you so you don't have to manually rub your lenses.  However, I read a paper the other day about how rubbing your lenses significantly reduces the deposits on the lens compared to no rubbing, even though multipurpose solution was used.  So make sure to rub your lenses; 20 - 30 seconds twice per day is nothing!
You can buy this solution at almost any optical store and drugstore.

ReNu Multiplus

This brand is only so-so for me.  In the morning, I sometimes experience the stinging sensation described earlier when initially putting on contact lenses.  Also, I find that this solution doesn't help my eyes retain moisture as much as the Opti-Free brand ones do, so my lenses are prone to bluriness later in the day.  I can't really think of any aspect in which this one wins over Opti-Free...maybe slightly cheaper price?  It's usually available as a free sample when you get clear prescripted contacts at your optical store. 

ReNu Fresh

I've had better experiences with this one than with the MultiPlus.  ReNU Fresh keeps my eyes as comfortable throughout the day as Opti-Free does.  No initial stinging sensation as well.  However, I got blurry lenses sometimes, but only at the very end of the day (after 10+ hours of wearing the lenses...which you aren't supposed to do anyway).  I think this is cheaper than Opti-Free, so more bang for your buck.
Get it at your local drugstore.  I haven't seen this one in value pack format.

Hope this post helps you on choosing your contact lens solution!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Sale at EyeCandy's

Happy St. Pattie's, everyone!  Even if you don't celebrate it, today's your lucky day! At EyeCandy's, we're offering 20% OFF all green colored contacts and green circle lenses for today and tomorrow (17th to 18th Mar, 2013).  If you follow us regularly, you'll know that we don't do 20% off often, so do take advantage of this deal!

Happy shopping lovelies! <3


Sunday, March 3, 2013

GEO Nudy Quarter Brown: A Staple for Any Circle Lens Wardrobe

The circle lens industry has been incredibly active over the past 5 or 6 years. There are literally thousands of patterns, colors and designs that have made their debuts over this time. Some of them had their 15 minutes of fame, having their brief burst of popularity quickly extinguished by newer, more exciting designs. (Remember the Bescon Tutti or the Pop C. Dark lenses, anyone?) A handful of others, however, have withstood the test of time and remained consistent sellers from the start. One of these definitely the hugely popular GEO Nudy Quarter Series; this circle lens in Brown is one which I find myself defaulting to whenever I'm in a rush or just too overwhelmed with choice!

Color & Design: 

The GEO Nudy Quarter Brown consists of the famous speckled pattern in a shade of beige which has underlying yellow tones. On my dark Asian eyes, this light color shows up very well, though light-eyed wearers might get a more subdued effect. The Nudy Quarter Brown lens matches well with both light pastel eyeshadow during the day, and looks nice with darker smokey shadow for night. Thumbs up for versatility. The finely detailed dot pattern gives a pretty crystalline effect. I also like how the limbal ring is thin so it adds a subtle line of definition to the iris (I find that lenses without a dark rim make me look quite ghastly).  These lenses are by no means "like-my-own-eyes-but-better" kind of natural, so pairing it with basic eyeliner and mascara is a must.

As you can see, there is a considerable "halo" effect, referring to the white (sclera) portion of the eye that shows through the translucent parts of the lens. I don't really care for this, but there are people on either side of the fence.


I feel 14.0-14.2mm is the perfect diameter for circle lenses (at least for small to medium sized Asian eyes), but I am giving 4 stars because most people like 14.5mm+.  People with already big eyes may find the enlargement of this lens to be insufficient.  Anyway, to compare with other lenses in the same "class," the GEO Nudy Quarter is bigger than the GEO Tri-Color World and looks bigger than the GEO Angel, though all these are labelled 14.2mm.


GEO Magic Color contacts are just ok in comfort. Rohto Lycee eye drops were needed after 3 hours of wear and consistently throughout the day. (For reference, my 5/5 comfort rating for circle goes to NEO Vision monthly lenses and Bausch & Lomb LACELLE)

All in all, the GEO Nudy Quarter Brown circle contacts are a staple. They're like a pair of shoes which can take you from day to night. I hope that this didn't bore you guys too much as I am sure there are more than tonnes of other reviews on the GEO Nudy Quarter series; but my goal was just to share one of the cosmetic lenses that has attained HG status in my makeup drawer!

GEO Nudy Quarter Series can be purchased here on EyeCandy's website for $24.39 plus free worldwide shipping.