Contact Lens Recommendation Thread: what should I get & where do I get it?

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#1 Ion on 7 years ago

I noticed lately that there have been a number of requests for help finding and choosing contact lenses. I thought it might be nice to have one thread where we can ask for suggestions and give/get recommendations, which can yield more results per inquiry as opposed to having many individual threads that all too often slide off the first page without much ado.

As new suggestions come up, I will add them to the list below. As always, see your optometrist first before considering contact lenses so that at minimum you know what your base curve and diameter are and what lenses you particularly should buy/avoid.

[B]Whether you need ideas to start with, are trying to decide between different lenses that you have found, or love making recommendations and want to share your experiences and input, I think this thread can serve as a solid resource for all parties involved and be fun. Please join in the discussion!

Please kindly post links and pics if you are trying to get lenses for a specific character or are trying to decide what/where to buy! [/B]

[B]Here are links to recommendation posts made by everyone!
Let's keep the contributions coming![/B][B][COLOR=Red]
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★[/B][COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★ [URL="http://stealthos.com/specificlenses.html"]A starter list by color and design[/URL] [COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★

[COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★ [URL="http://eyerimz.com/"]Contacts for Light Eyes [Pics and Reviews][/URL] [COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★
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[/B][COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★ [COLOR=Red]Dalibar's Fancy/ Theatrical Lens List [COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★[COLOR=Red]★
Organized by color/style!
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3946380&postcount=121"]1[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3946382&postcount=122"]2[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3946383&postcount=123"]3[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3946384&postcount=124"]4[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3946384&postcount=125"]5[/URL]

#2 Ion on 7 years ago

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Red contacts:
[/B]- [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=226798"]Lenses for Sebastian Michaelis: natural looking[/URL] [from another thread]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3763182&postcount=6"]- Lenses for Soul Eater Evans[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3782356&postcount=24"]- Blood red (noticeable)[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3845842&postcount=81"]- Adult red lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3852622&postcount=82"]- Super pinky red wine[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3878706&postcount=99"]- Dolly Red lenses[/URL] [prescription avail up to -8.50]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3890042&postcount=111"]- i.Fairy Cherry Red & Candy Soul Red[/URL] [prescription avail up to -8.50]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4211446&postcount=218"]- Lenses for Emil (ToS2)[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4435258&postcount=298"]- Red Cat-Eye Lenses in prescription[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4675492&postcount=377"]- Bright to wine red lenses
[/URL]

[B][COLOR=DarkOrange]Orange contacts:
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=230059&page=21"][COLOR=DarkOrange]- Orange Cat-Eye/Slit Pupil[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrange]

[COLOR=Yellow]Yellow contacts:
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=231338"]-[/URL][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=231338"] Natural looking[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4007684&postcount=140"]natural looking yellow/brown[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3767069&postcount=12"]- Golden color[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3782208&postcount=22"]2[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3992583&postcount=131"]3[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3822305&postcount=60"]- Little Sister lenses: sclera and cosmetic[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3877109&postcount=97"]- Lenses for Death the Kid[/URL][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4010472&postcount=144"]- Gold tone toric lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=258486"]- Princess Pinky Twilight Gold (the natural/non-cheesy looking lenses!)[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4211426&postcount=217"]- Sclera lens for Matrix (Reboot)[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4211446&postcount=218"]- Lenses for Orochimaru (Naruto)[/URL]
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[COLOR=SeaGreen]Green contacts:
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3844382&postcount=79"]- Green lenses[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3845042&postcount=80"]2[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3884525&postcount=107"]- Acuvue 2: Jade Green lenses review[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4211446&postcount=218"]- Bright green lenses for Richter Abend / Grell Sutcliffe / Mad Hatter[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=230059&page=21"]- Bright cartoony green lenses for Scanty[/URL][B]

[COLOR=Blue]Blue contacts:
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3803086&postcount=46"]- Icy blue lenses for Major Ocelot[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3816041&postcount=58"]- Lenses for Serah Farron & vivid blue lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3884112&postcount=105"]- Icy blue lenses for Cammy (SF)[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3885811&postcount=108"]2[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3941205&postcount=119"]- Blue lenses for enlargement + lenses for Grimmjow (light eyes)[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4007129&postcount=136"]- Lenses for Alois Trancy[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?p=4390660"]- Lenses for Korra (Avatar)[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4696112&postcount=382"]- Royal to Dark Blue lenses that show well on dark eyes[/URL] [see bottom of post]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4929531&postcount=517"]Selene from Underworld[/URL] pale blue contacts for dark eyes

[B][COLOR=DarkOrchid]Violet/Purple contacts:
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3800387&postcount=38"]- Light purple[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3801984&postcount=42"]- Bright purple[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3864145&postcount=87"]- Lenses for Envy: DollyEye Purple[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid]
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3941205&postcount=119"]- Lenses for Ikuto + purple/violet toric lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4105269&postcount=165"]- Simple purple lenses w/ black limbal ring[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid]
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4211446&postcount=218"][COLOR=DarkOrchid]- Lenses for Marik Ishtar[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid]

[COLOR=Magenta]Pink contacts:
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3822854&postcount=63"]- Super Crystal Pink[/URL][COLOR=black], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4151159&postcount=193"]2[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4153195&postcount=196"]3[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3830676&postcount=72"]- Lenses for Botan, bright pink & also brown lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3830851&postcount=73"]- More pink lens recommendations[/URL][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=Magenta], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4149024&postcount=187"]2[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=Magenta]
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3873737&postcount=94"]- Lenses for Togame: magenta colored[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=Magenta]
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4150829&postcount=192"]- Lenses for Madoka - Super Crystal Pink[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=Magenta]
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4211446&postcount=218"]- Lenses for Michelle Neuhaus[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=Magenta]

Brown contacts:
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3830676&postcount=72"]- Brown lenses[/URL] [scroll to bottom of the post]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3877267&postcount=98"]- Brown lenses for dark green eyes[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4495843&postcount=310"]- Brown lenses for light eyes[/URL] [opaque colors w/ smaller pupil holes]
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Black contacts:
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3844252&postcount=78"]- Black circle lenses for blue eyes[/URL], [URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4141029&postcount=176"]2[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3864570&postcount=89"][COLOR=black]- Black sclera lenses[/URL][B][COLOR=Gray]
[/B][COLOR=Gray][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4163695&postcount=505"]- Kimchi Prince Black circle lenses[/URL][B][COLOR=Gray]

White contacts:
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3803907&postcount=49"]- White lenses & Blind lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4696112&postcount=382"]- Ivory contacts[/URL]
[B][COLOR=Gray]

[COLOR=DimGray]Silver contacts:

Grey contacts:
[/B][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4145936&postcount=182"]- Grey lenses w/ good coverage on brown eyes[/URL][B][COLOR=DimGray]

[COLOR=DarkSlateGray]Everything else:
[/B][COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3780294&postcount=19"]- Acuvue Opaques[/URL]
[COLOR=black][URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3810460&postcount=53"]- Variety of cosmetic/theatrical designed lenses: Bodyjewellery/YouKnowIt[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3831264&postcount=75"]- Info about the DollyEye series[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3898072&postcount=113"]- Corpse Bride contact lenses[/URL]
[URL="http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=4097940&postcount=160"]- General shop recommendation[/URL][B][COLOR=DarkSlateGray]
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#3 ItsNami on 7 years ago

I'm doing Asuka Langley [uniform], and i cant seem to decide if i want to go with a cartoon look, or a more realistic. I know theres a color difference too, but the cartoon looking ones are just so neat. haha

Heres the cartoon --> [url]http://www.colorlens4less.com/f63-pair-2-lenses-p-208.html[/url]

Here's the realistic -->[url]http://www.colorlens4less.com/f20-pair-2-lenses-p-195.html[/url]

#4 Ion on 7 years ago

[quote=ItsNami;3762751]I'm doing Asuka Langley [uniform], and i cant seem to decide if i want to go with a cartoon look, or a more realistic. I know theres a color difference too, but the cartoon looking ones are just so neat. haha

Heres the cartoon --> [URL="http://www.**BANNED URL**.com/f63-pair-2-lenses-p-208.html"]http://www.**BANNED URL**.com/f63-pair-2-lenses-p-208.html[/URL]

Here's the realistic -->[URL="http://www.**BANNED URL**.com/f20-pair-2-lenses-p-195.html"]http://www.**BANNED URL**.com/f20-pair-2-lenses-p-195.html[/URL][/quote]

Your links are of the banned-sort. If you spell out the store and mention product names it should work.

#5 Sorata2002 on 7 years ago

Well, I am currently working on Soul Eater Evans and would like any suggestions to buy a pair of contacts to match his eye color. I don't have a prescription to wear glasses or anything but I would like a good suggestion of a place to get a pair that will not harm my eye sight in any way. :)

#6 Ion on 7 years ago

[quote=Sorata2002;3762993]Well, I am currently working on Soul Eater Evans and would like any suggestions to buy a pair of contacts to match his eye color. I don't have a prescription to wear glasses or anything but I would like a good suggestion of a place to get a pair that will not harm my eye sight in any way. :)[/quote]

You will need to know your base curve and diameter to get lenses that will fit your eyes thereby keeping them safe. An initial fitting would give you these measurements but when you are ready to shop, here are a few places to check out.

[URL="http://www.eyesbright.com/contact-lenses-by-colour/red-coloured-contact-lenses/"]Eyesbright[/URL]
[URL="http://www.youknowit.com/online-shop/colour/red.cfm"]YouKnowIt[/URL]
CreateEyewear [URL="http://tinyurl.com/4kvgwl4"]#1[/URL], [URL="http://tinyurl.com/4vwj3bs"]#2[/URL], [URL="http://tinyurl.com/4kvgwl4"]#3[/URL]
Coastal Contacts [URL="https://www.coastalcontacts.com/prod97115.html"]#1[/URL], [URL="http://www.coastalcontacts.com/special-effects-lenses/blood-vampire/prod97252.html"]#2[/URL]

#7 Sorata2002 on 7 years ago

I hate to sound like a complete noob, but I would assume going to an eye doctor would get me said measurements?

#8 Ion on 7 years ago

[quote=Sorata2002;3763191]I hate to sound like a complete noob, but I would assume going to an eye doctor would get me said measurements?[/quote]

I hate to be a killjoy but yes, you are correct. If you do not have vision coverage with your insurance or just want a cheap way to find out your measurements, Walmart Vision Centers will do lens fitting exams for an affordable price. Unfortunately the only way to know what your measurements are is to go to an appointment.

You certainly do not have to tell them you want crazy colored lenses nor do you have to buy lenses through their office. I only mentioned the initial lens fitting so you know what to buy from that point on and avoid horrible problems people can have if they wear lenses that do not fit well.

#9 Sorata2002 on 7 years ago

You mentioned about going to an eye doctor to get a fitted. I plan on doing that (I made a few phone calls and have an appointment set up) but I imagine I would be paying a lot more if I ended up buying the colored contacts through the eye doctor right?
I guess one fear I have is since I am only going to wear the contacts one or 2 days out of a con weekend that maybe I should get good quality contacts. I don't want to damage my eyes. >.<
Do the websites you suggest sell quality lens? Only reason I ask is the price on the lens seem very affordable.

#10 Yukina<3sYokubo on 7 years ago

Disposable lenses are what i used for Enma-Ai. they were cheap and one size fits all pretty much. ^^

#11 Ion on 7 years ago

[quote=Sorata2002;3765982]You mentioned about going to an eye doctor to get a fitted. I plan on doing that (I made a few phone calls and have an appointment set up) but I imagine I would be paying a lot more if I ended up buying the colored contacts through the eye doctor right?
Do the websites you suggest sell quality lens? Only reason I ask is the price on the lens seem very affordable.[/quote]

It depends, sometimes offices get deals that consumers cannot, and sometimes it is the other way around. If you have some extra time, you can ask what it would cost to get lenses through your office and compare it to what you find online, then choose accordingly.

The top sites most eye doctors tend to recommend:
[URL="http://www.1800contacts.com/lenses/color.htm"]1800 Contacts[/URL]
[URL="http://www.coastalcontacts.com/halloween-lenses/cHalloweenLenses-p1.html"]Coastal Contacts[/URL]
[URL="http://www.visiondirect.com/color-lenses/qxc10890"]Vision Direct[/URL]

There are loads of other stores that are reliable and sell safe products like:
[URL="http://www.cosplaylab.com/proshop/mindseye.asp"]Cosplay Lab[/URL] & [URL="http://www.vampfangs.com/Contact-Lenses-s/6.htm"]Vamp Fangs[/URL]
There are many other places that people have shopped listed in the first post of the FAQ. Hope this helps!

#12 atlantisan on 7 years ago

To add to your list of color and design contacts, I saw a nice pair of gold contacts by i.Fairy - [url=http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs200.snc4/38342_142625845761702_111387182218902_298882_3564208_n.jpg]Hanabi Yellow[/url] (0.00 to -8.50). Available [url=http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=142625845761702]here[/url].

#13 ThakYuki on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=Yukina<3sYokubo;3766088]one size fits all pretty much. ^^[/QUOTE]

No. One size does not fit all. That's why lenses come in different sizes.

For my Acuvue 2 color contacts, I found them cheapest at Walgreens.com, plus they offered free shipping (don't know if they still have the free shipping or not).

#14 lollydove on 7 years ago

Ugh. Honestly, I would say find a trusty place to buy your contacts online. :x For my birthday my mum is buying me turquoise contact lenses from the optometrists and a HMO Miku Nendoroid (yay ^w^)
And we're being charged $120 for a month and a half's worth. :l We're using Freshlook Colorblends (which I like because they're not too showy yet they're noticeable so I can wear them to school... actually they called us, they're in today) and we're trading the previous lenses we ordered from them for the Colorblends since the ones we ordered didn't show up.
Now see, I looked up the price online.
$52 a box.
:l
Half price.
...Nice work, stupid optometrist.
My old one was like this too >.<;;

#15 ThakYuki on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=lollydove;3769713]Ugh. Honestly, I would say find a trusty place to buy your contacts online. :x For my birthday my mum is buying me turquoise contact lenses from the optometrists and a HMO Miku Nendoroid (yay ^w^)
And we're being charged $120 for a month and a half's worth. :l We're using Freshlook Colorblends (which I like because they're not too showy yet they're noticeable so I can wear them to school... actually they called us, they're in today) and we're trading the previous lenses we ordered from them for the Colorblends since the ones we ordered didn't show up.
Now see, I looked up the price online.
$52 a box.
:l
Half price.
...Nice work, stupid optometrist.
My old one was like this too >.<;;[/QUOTE]

Uh, complain to your optometrist? And definitely buy them online next time. I purchased mine (acuvue colors) for about $20-25 on Walgreens.com, while everywhere else (even 1800contacts, which is supposed to be the cheapest) it was $37.