Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Contact lens Review : Dueba Puffy 3 Tone - Brown (PICTURE HEAVY)

Yo! Hope you're all doing well!

This will be the first time I'm doing a contact lens review and the first pair of lenses I'll be reviewing is the Dueba Puffy 3 Tone.

Also did a video review on the len which can be viewed her :

I ordered these lenses on Honeycolor originally retailing for $25.90USD, but now on sale for only $20.72USD in the color brown

To make it short and easy to read (hopefully), I'll post the details in points.
  • Diameter (DIA) : 14.5mm
  • Base Curve (B.C) : 8.6mm
  • Water Content : 38%
  • One year expiry
  • Comes in 6 different colors: Blue. Grey/Gray, Green, Brown, Pink, Purple
  • Comes in different prescriptions.

Before I start with the lens review, lets quickly (okay not so quick) talk about HoneyColor's service.
Honeycolor was recommended to me by a good cosplayer friend of mine (Thanks Pina!) and ever since 2009- I've been ordering my contact lenses from HoneyColor, so it's been approximately almost 4 years now and their service has never failed to deliver.

Variety & Price : There is a wide range of variety of lenses from different brands such as GEO, Beaucon, Dolly+, Dueba etc and each is quite reasonably priced in my opinion. Honeycolor do tend to have sales on different lenses every month and especially on newly released lenses. Who doesn't love sales :P

Processing orders : They are really fast on processing orders, especially if you order your lenses on a weekday. I ordered my lenses on the 18th May 2013, which was a weekend so they couldn't really respond and prepare my package until the weekday. Tuesday I receive an email confirming that my package have been shipped.

Shipping & Postage : They have two range of shipping, the normal shipping which is $9.00AUD, and the express for $12.00AUD. It wasn't until this order that I realised that the shipping price for the standard shipping was jacked up by $3.00AUD as it used to be $6.00AUD. To be honest $6.00AUD for postage was kinda killing me already since I'm quite tight on that. BUT let me just say that the normal shipping is great unless you're in super desperate need. On average the package arrives no later than 2 weeks, usually its 1.5-2weeks on the dot. Sometimes when the offices and posts aren't busy and sends out the packages instantly, you may even receive your package within a week. 
My package was shipped on the 21st May, and I received it on the 24th-25th May which was very unexpected considering I payed for the standard shipping. Both shipping do come with a working tracking number which is very reassuring.

Packaging : The packaging is secure and safe to ensure the lenses and products arrive in one piece since the lenses do come in small glass viles. Typically for small orders you will receive lenses in a small orangey-yellow bag that's lined with bubble wrap. 

Inside the bag you will receive your free contact lense case thats sealed up to ensure that the cases are brand new and free from contamination. Along with the case is a small box in which your lens vile is stored and stays put in place.

Service : The service in terms of contacting them is alright, I wouldn't say the best as there have been past experiences where I tried to contact them via email to resolve an issue I had (apparently they were out of stock on the lenses and they asked me to contact them about it) and they didn't reply at all. BUT I've been told that Honeycolor is more active on Facebook and that they reply very quickly.

ANYWAY! That wraps up for Honeycolor, let's get back onto the contact lens review.
The contact lenses comes in sealed viles that labels "DUEBA MESSISH". I don't know why it doesn't say Puffy 3 Tone or even Barbie like other reviews I've read, but oh well.

I ordered the lenses in the color brown with no prescription. Originally I wanted to get my own prescription on it which is ±0.50-0.75 but apparently the lowest prescription you can get apart from ±0.00 was ±1.00 which was too strong for my eye, so no prescription for the best.

From looking at the lens alone, they looked very similar to the GEO TRICOLOR series however the centre color of the lens is darker than the GEO TRICOLOR series which blends into the pupil. What I love about this lens is the outter rim not being a black ring, giving it a more natural look. The pattern seem to look quite natural and the fact that it has 3-tones of one color gives is a natural appeal.

New lenses when first opened should be stored in new contact lens solution for a minimum of 6 hours as the sterile buffered saline solution in the vile has been stored for too long which can harm the eyes despite it being sterile.

After putting one lens in, I was actually surprised by a couple of things.
  1. The color was surprisingly vibrant and showed up. Thought it would've blended in with my natural eye like GEO NUDY series.
  2. Thought the enlarging effect was large but it was pretty good, not as bad as other 14.5mm lenses I've tried
  3. Lens was soft and easy to put it and extremely comfortable
Natural naked eye on left, Lens on the right. Derpy snapshot from Review Video

Natural naked eye on left, Lens on the right. Sorry out of focus. Snapshot from Review Video
The lenses surprisingly showed up on all different lighting, from dim rooms and of course bright daylight lighting. 

Daylight with closed blinds for dim room.

Flash Photography

Outdoor Daylight lighting

One thing I've noticed from looking at it especially up close is that it does kind of look poppy like the GEO TRICOLOR but not as much since the color is more darker. From afar I guess they do look somewhat natural, but surely up close like casual conversation- people would notice they're lenses (maybe?).

So I wore the lenses for the whole day (6 hours is the average time frame lenses should be worn before they start to get dry) and I honestly did not feel any discomfort until the 5th-6th hour. Faced many weather challenges as it was cold and sunny and also super windy while I was driving which I would expect my contact to dry out, but it didn't. It may be because these lenses are brand new and I've only worn them twice (second time for this review) but yeah.

Here is what my eyes look like 2-3 hours after putting the lens in :

Here are my eyes at the end of the night after having the lens on for approximately 6 hours. By this time my eyes felt slightly dry, especially when I was so concentrated making some cosplay props (as seen behind) which I didn't blink as often as I should. But yeah my eyes did sting only a tiny bit hence my eyes are abit red.

I definitely do recommend these lenses. 
  • They have vibrant colors that show up quite naturally. Which can be worn normally and for cosplay purposes.
  • They're super comfortable and soft which allows my eyes to breathe.
  • They have a slight enlarging effect with its 14.5mm diameter.
  • They come in 6 different colors.
Here are my ratings:
Color : 4/5
Comfort : 4/5
Englarging : 3.5/5
Price : 3/5

That concludes the first contact lens review, sorry for the babbling along the way- will try cut down on those~  Here, have another pic of me (to eat your internet) with flash with the lens on taken tonight after an outting  O3O)/

Hope this review was somewhat helpful, please do leave a comment on what you think and also your thoughts and opinions on the lens as well. Would love to see it :)
Until then, stay well and take care!


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