Gray lenses for your eyes? | Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

Saturday 29 April 2023

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

If you think that gray lenses are hard to style then in this post I'll encourage you to give them a try since gray lenses come in many shades and styles. Thanks to Olens I was able to find gray lenses that fit me well. 

About Olens 

Olens is the no. 1 premium colour contact lens brand from South Korea. This brand makes regular lenses as well as coloured lenses. It's a pioneer in Beauty&Healthy eye styling, and it's a brand that is recognised all over the world. Olens products were used in many Kdramas and photoshoots. The brand was in the spotlight of many beauty programs in Korea.     

Can coloured lenses be corrective?  

I feel like many people think that contact lenses are not for eyes with no vision problems and that coloured lenses shouldn't be used by people with vision issues. That's not true! The main reason for wearing lenses for many people is aesthetic issues or comfort issues - I started to wear lenses because I find glasses more problematic, and they usually don't fit me well. Lenses don't make me tired and I feel like thanks to contact lenses my sight is doing better than it would do with glasses. Coloured lenses are sometimes called "cosmetic lenses" since they change the visual colour of your iris, and that's something some people don't know - when you buy coloured lenses from Olens you can fit them to your needs, if you need corrective aspect of lenses, you can choose the shade of the lens and power. All the lenses I tested in this post are -3.00 power.      

How to choose lenses for my eyes and skin?  

If you want to try Olens so badly, but don't know what colour fits your skin - Olens has the #FindMyOlens option which helps you choose a lens shade that fits your skin tone. You can also choose graphic size and colour. There are even styling videos that can help you choose a makeup style to fit your eyes with Olens lenses on.     

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

Olens Ocean Velvet  

Olens Ocean Velvet is a new April collection. I love how Olens comes out with new designs especially when these spring releases are more colourful and warm. I got cold-toned skin so warm shades might not be the best match for me, but the Ocean Velvet line proved me wrong! Sometimes it's all about makeup and the outfit you match your lenses too.    

The main motto of Ocean Velvet line is "A new way to wear the color of sassiness". This collection has three different shades: Green, Hazel and Gray. In a previous post, I was writing about Green and Hazel shades. This time I've tried Olens Ocean Velvet Gray.  

The strongest point of Ocean Velvet lenses is a natural pattern with high pigmented colour gradation and a 13.0mm graphic diameter.    

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray  

DIA (diameter) 14,2 mm | G.DIA (graphic diameter) 13,0 mm | Base curve 8.7mm | Water content: 43% | Material: HEMA   

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray is kinda cold-toned. It's a light, almost white-gray shade that looks spectacular. In my case these lenses make my eye look brighter. I'm more used to darker lenses since my eyes naturally are darker, but what I notice is how with Ocean Velvet Gray my eyes look greener than usual (my natural colour is a combo of green and blue, but it might not be super visible on a photo).  

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

Ocean Velvet Gray lenses are super comfortable to wear and easy to apply. Usually, 1-day lenses are complicated to use since they are very soft and hard to keep the grid, these lenses are soft and full of water content, but they are not wobbly when you apply them. The pigment on lenses is super delicate - it's not that visible to the human eye from a distance, but when I zoom in on the camera to show you details of these lenses on eyes, you can see the pattern and how well it is made. I joke that the Ocean Velvet collection is similar to lipsticks. You probably heard the "my lips but better' trend, it's the same with these lenses - my eyes, but better.  

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

Olens Real Ring Gray  

DIA (diameter) 14,0 mm | G.DIA (graphic diameter) 12,5 mm | Base curve 8.6 mm | Water content: 38% | Material: HEMA (Hydroxyethyl methacrylate)     

Usually, I review 1-day lenses, but Olens Real Ring Gray comes in a 1-month version. 1-month lenses from Olens are as simple to use as daily lenses, even if I expected them to be way harder to put on the eye and to wear them. These lenses exist in a 1-day version, but right now you can get a 1-month version too. If you wear lenses every single day then it's a good option for you. Some people need lenses for special events - some enjoy using them daily. I'm one of these people since I found out that sometimes lenses can change fully your look. I found out that certain lenses make it easier to wear shades that normally don't work with my eyes just because they have this tiny flare of shade that my face needed.  

Olens Real Ring Gray is 0.2mm smaller than Ocean Velvet, their graphic DIA is also a bit smaller. The 1-day version is made of Puscon, while the 1-month version is made out of HEMA.   

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

What's Puscon? Some of the puscon's features you should know about is that puscon is the safest bio material for contact lenses. It forms something called a "Strong Hydration Shield". It adds more moisture to the eye. Puscon prevents protein deposition and has a strong UV-block function to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Even if the 1-month version is based on HEMA and has 38% water content, I still find them very comfortable to wear.   

I kinda prefer Olens Real Ring Gray type of gray since it makes my eye look bolder and it gives an even more natural look than Ocean Velvet. This dark ring light effect adds a gradient to my eyes. The details on this lens are pure perfection.   

I am from the US, can I still order lenses from Olens?  

Yes. Contact lenses in the US are not sold as easily as in Europe. In comparison, in Europe, I can ask my optometrist or eye doctor to order lenses for me or I can order them on my own. Some brands are available in stores so even if you're out of lenses you can buy them. I had a situation when I got my first lenses and I didn't know that 1-day lenses are not as easy to put as 1-month lenses I needed to grab new pair in a random drugstore in Paris. The US situation looks different because of US FCLCA (The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act) so Olens can be ordered if you're living in the US but your lenses will go through a prescription verification system.    

Olens Ocean Velvet Gray & Olens Real Ring Gray review

Where to get Olens lenses and how much do they cost?  

Olens has a global store where you can order lenses. They have many great campaigns. Right now till May 1st, you can use code CHILELX10 to get 10% off on your order. Olens Real Ring Gray costs $29 for a pair (1 month) while Olens Ocean Velvet Gray aka one of Olens' bestsellers costs $21/1 box of 10 lenses. You can use my code BETWEENDOTS to save 10% on your Olens order.    

Olens has free standard shipping for orders over $100 and free express shipping for orders over $150.    

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*** This post was made in a collaboration with Olens
even though it still shows my personal opinion on the topic and product. ***

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