Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Acuvue Define Contact Lenses Review - Sparkle and Shimmer for your eyes

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.


  1. In your last compare and contrast photos, you really get a clear idea of the difference of wearing and not wearing the contact. It is really neat technology to not only be able to improve my vision, but to be able to manipulate my eye color if I want. Do they change the actual vision of the person wearing them?

  2. Nice and a very useful blog. Thanks a lot for sharing.