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What Are Circle Lenses and Colored Contacts? - Beginner's Guide!

All You Need To Know About Colored Contacts & Circle Lenses, Especially For Beginners. 
This is a MUST read for beginners.
Never worn colored contact lenses and circle lenses before and would like to try one?
Read on!

About Circle Lenses

Circle Lenses are a cosmetic contact lens, also generally known as big eye circle contacts, which has a wide black ring on the outside that widens your eyes’ iris, creating an charming appearance that you'll fall in love with. 

Circle lenses are really reputable in countries like South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other Asian countries, but they're starting to become popular across the globe because Lady Gaga wore them in her “Bad Romance” music video. Lady Gaga’s eyes were probably partially computer generated, so our lenses won’t have quite the same effect - but they will make your eyes look wider and larger for sure.

In General, 40% of Circle lens user are non-prescription (Plano) customers, as they don’t interfere with your vision and many also wear these contacts under their glasses on a daily basis.

Cosmetic contact lenses are great for special occasions like Halloween parties, anime conventions, and cosplays. Fantastic reasons to wear circle lenses:

  • Easy way to add drama and craziness to your eyes!
  • You’ll look mysterious, cool and magical.
  • Add some extra spice to your OOTD!
  • Dress like your favorite anime and manga characters down to the last detail!
  • Choose lenses that mirror your favorite Naruto character!

    Many of our customers have reviewed the cosmetic contact lenses they liked the most, which will help you to make the best choice! You will find plenty of real life pictures in our product pages and fans sharing photos and reviews on our official Coleyes Instagram and Facebook pages as well.

    We offer hundreds of colors and styles of circle contact lenses that are 100% guaranteed authentic, so these are a great option to have in order to really transform your daily style. All of our lenses are sourced from reputable manufacturers to make sure you’re buying authentic lenses. Your health and safety are our first priority, so we work hard to provide high quality products and great customer service. We want to make sure that you’re happy with our products and services.

    You will be joining the ranks of literally thousands of fashionable trendsetters when you start wearing circle contact lenses, and you’ll probably start a fashion trend in your local area!

    What’s The Difference Between Circle Lens & Colored Contact Lenses?

    If you haven’t spent a lot of time shopping for colored lenses yet, you might not be sure about the difference between normal contact lenses and circle lenses. The number one difference in the two types of lenses is that circle lenses will make your eyes look larger, a really popular look. These lenses are offered in different contact lens diameter 14.0mm, 14.2mm, 14.5mm, 14.8mm, and 15mm- slightly larger than common contact lenses.

    The thick black rim around the colored circle lenses is what makes the iris of your eye appear larger. In regularly colored contact lens, that band is usually transparent. That means that colored contact lenses will only change the color of your iris, but they won’t make your eyes look any bigger. The circle lens will have an extended black rim around your iris and it makes your eyes appear to be larger at the same time changing your iris color.

    Circle lenses are also famous in its design and colorful selection, where most of the common contact lenses are limited to 2-3 colors per design, while circle lenses could have up to 8 colors per design. We offer a wide range of selection in color and design, with more than 900++ options to choose from, you will surely find your perfect pair from us anytime.

    5 Things Essential Things About Circle Lens

    1. You are best advised to consult with your eye doctor before making any purchases of any prescription lenses. Do NOT adjust the prescription power by your own as this would bring permanent damage to your eyes.
    2. Contact lens brands carried by Coleyes are all are FDA approved.
    3. When wearing circle lens, you should not feel any big difference from the normal contact lenses
    4. You are responsible to minimize the risk of wearing circle lens. For daily care and handling of lenses, please refer to our 
    Wear and Care Guide.
    5. DON'T sleep with your circle lens in your eyes.
    6. DON'T swim with your circle lens in your eyes.

    Which Circle Lens Should I Choose? Which Circle Lens Will Best Suits Me?

    Before this, you need to understand which effects you like the most before deciding on which circle lens to choose from as each circle lens give varying degree of different effect.

    FIVE Most Important Points/Effects You Should Know
    1. Enlargement Effect
    2. Comfort Level
    3. Color Vibrancy Effect 
    4. Natural Effect
    5. Blending Effect
    Enlargement Effect – How big do I want my eyes to look like?

    Diameter serves as a good base to understand how big is the circle lens and its coverage to your iris. However, it is the limbal ring, the black outer ring of the lens, contributing to the enlargement effect of a circle lens. Some circle lens has relatively small diameter but their enlargement effect is HUGE thanks to the limbal ring. In short, don’t shop for diameter only, but look at the limbal ring design at the same time.

    Comfort Level – How long can I wear circle lens?

    Circle lenses have 9-12 months life span once the vial bottle is opened. For daily usage, circle lens can normally last 6 to 8 hours. However, some people do find it tiring/drying up after few hours. For your information, circle lens has lower water contents than normal contact lens; therefore having your contact lens eye drops to moisturize your eyes is essential and a must-have. The rule of thumb of wearing circle lens, if you feel any pain or discomfort in your eyes, remove them immediately. On top of that, comfort level will deteriorate if the circle lens is badly taken care of as stubborn protein deposits on your lenses. Therefore, cleaning kits are important. A good hygiene habit will enable the lens to last longer and your eyes to remain healthy.

    Color Vibrancy Effect – Does my eyes pop? Does my eye catch attention?

    With the coloring effect, some lens is more noticeable (sharp) than the other in catching attention. Most of the circle lens will show vibrant color if taken with camera flash or under the perfect lighting. A high level of vibrancy means that the lens is very noticeable even in room lighting or natural lighting. Basically, if you are walking on the street, everyone will be looking at you, that’s vibrant lens!

    Natural Effect – Does my lens look natural?

    Circle lens seldom have all natural, vibrant and enlargement effect at the same time. Lenses with higher level of enlargement effect or vibrancy effect, they are less natural for certain. Please keep in mind when choosing a natural-looking lens, you are best advised to go for lenses without limbal ring or the color is not vibrant, and most importantly, blending well with your natural iris color.

    Blending Effect – What lens look best with my natural iris color?

    Choose the color of lens which is similar or same to your natural iris color would yield the best result. Some lens comes with yellowish dots surrounding pupils area will help your eyes to blend with the lens especially for brown eyes group. Whereas for light eyes group, lens colors like green, blue, grey or even violet lenses can give good blending effect.

    What Lens Look Best On Me?

    By now, we hope you have some idea of what effect you are looking for. We have some recommendations for you based on reviews from our customers for the following,

    Top THREE Best Enlargement Effect Lens

    Glass Ball



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    Top THREE Most Comfortable Lens




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    Top THREE Most Natural Lens




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    Coleyes Recommended Lenses




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    We hope you have understood the basic knowledge of selecting a pair circle lens that suits you best! As people say, ‘The circle lens you put on reflects the kind of personalities you are’

    Hope this simple guide has helped you to make your choice and do contact us if you have any questions! We wish you all have a happy shopping!