Back in the autumn I was asked if I wanted to try out the new 1-Day Acuvue Define contact lenses - being a contact-lens-wearer, the idea of making my eyes more striking with my prescription contact lenses was certainly appealing - particularly as I already use 1-Day Acuvue lenses.
1-Day Acuvue Define lenses come in two variations: Natural Shimmer (which provides more depth and intensity and is better suited to brown and dark eyes) and Natural Sparkle (which provides a luminous, brightening effect and is better for blue, grey and light eyes). The lenses have a iris pattern on them, which mean they blend with your own iris in a really subtle way - but certainly bring out radiance in your eyes in a natural way.
After a quick eye test (to check my current prescription was right), I was able to see what both the Natural Shimmer and Natural Sparkle lenses looked like in my eyes. My eyes are a rather disappointing grey colour naturally, which is another reason I was keen to give these a go. The Sparkle lenses were the ones I opted to go for a trial run of - because the Shimmer ones (for brown eyes) did very little to bring out anything bright in my eyes!
Can you see which eye the lens is in?! (My right eye - on the left...)
[It turns out taking photos of eyes is really difficult - I have no idea how bloggers get such beautifully crisp photos of eye make up - I have a new found respect for them!]
Professional photos of the difference in no-lens and the Sparkle lens
I got a ten-day trial pack to use to get a better idea of how they would feel on a day-to-day basis. I actually don't wear my normal contact lenses every day, mainly because my sight isn't so bad I need to, but also because I find my eyes get dry and uncomfortable after a while. I was told that these special contact lenses are made of a slightly different, less permeable, material from my usual Acuvue lenses, which I think means that they are more drying. I wore these at work and was keen to see if anyone would notice anything different about my eyes - and I was delighted when a colleague (a male one, so perhaps less observant than women usually are - bit of a stereotype, apologies) asked if I'd done anything different to my eyes! So do they have a noticeable effect? Yes they absolutely do - and I love how they make my eyes look more blue. The downside is that they were not as comfortable as my daily lenses - my eyes dried out so much more quickly and I had to resort to topping up my eyes with eye drops throughout the day.
My overall verdict? They're probably not going to replace your daily contacts - however they're fun to wear for special occasions (daytime ones, I'm not sure how they'd fare at night particularly). They're the same price as my normal Acuvue lenses, so I don't think I'll be investing in a whole month's supply of 30 lenses but if I could buy a pack of 10 pairs, I'd definitely consider it.
1-Day Acuvue Define Sparkle and Shimmer lenses are available from Boots Opticians - pop in or give them a call to find out more.