View Full Version : Fake contacts? (specifically for Rikku)
01-05-2003, 12:38 AM
This is kinda of a question for anyone who has purchased contact lenses for their costumes (and anyone looking for info on them). I am looking for swirly green contacts for a Rikku costume that I am making, but I'm not sure about where to find reliable contacts for a decent price.
It would be really spiffy if I could find a pair for under 50 at least. Lemme know what you guys think or where you bought your lenses, I'd like to know! And don't forget to inlude pics! ^_^
Thanks so much, guys!
01-05-2003, 12:49 AM
I don't think they make swirly green contacts. If you wanted those, you'd probably have to get them custom made. Custom contacts cost a pretty penny, though.
I bought some theatrical contacts for $60 at lensquest.com.
01-05-2003, 12:59 AM
I went to the place where I get my glasses and I pretended to be interested in ordering some contacts and then asked for free samples. It actually worked, too. They were bright green and when I wore them people would actually stop me and ask if they were real. I don't have any pictures though =/
Which Rikku version are you doing, X-2? I would love to do FFX Rikku but my short black hair wouldn't work out and I am horrible at styling wigs.
01-05-2003, 01:54 AM
Thanks enishi, I'll check it out.
Sakura - That's so cool! Maybe I'll pay a visit Empire Vision. I'm suddenly interested in sampling some contact lenses...
Heh. Yes, I'm working on a FX-2 Rikku. Luckily, I have blond hair and I think I will straighten it, put it in a pony tail on top of my head and add extensions. Wish me luck X_X
01-05-2003, 01:58 AM
Hehe good luck on your costume. What convention will you be wearing it to?
Also, I go to empire vision as well. ^.^ weird coincidence.
01-05-2003, 02:15 AM
don't buy contacts over the web, or from anyone other than an optometrist. They are the only eyes you have. Take care of them.
01-05-2003, 02:22 AM
Aeris your eyes are beautiful *_* I wish mine were that pretty. I'm stuck with a weird grey mixture.
01-05-2003, 12:58 PM
I'm doing FFX-2 Rikku too! ( NEARLY HAVE DONE! *SPAZZ* ) If ye go to my gallery thing you can see my ghetto Rikku hairstyle. ^^;; I've got the skirt done and one arm 'tubule' XD and a goodgood friend picked up the perfect scarf for me to dye ^_^
Anyways, contacts...I know you can get the black and white swirly ones...you could /possibly/ get them ordered in another colour...I know one Rikku cosplayer ( Kit, i think ) had green swirly ones...
However, after working at wal-mart beside the vision center, I've noticed that those kind of contacts are $99 cdn. X_x I'd really like to get a pair too though, but like Aeris said, I wouldn't trust ordering them of the net, though I /am/ tempted, I admit.
But, good luck to you! ^-^ N I am going to add you to my ever-so-spiffy buddy list so we can keep in touch about our costumes. ^__^
01-05-2003, 02:00 PM
Not exactly, but close http://store5.yimg.com/I/villagestreetwear_1721_24766421
Not the right color but a more dramatic effect http://store.yahoo.com/villagestreetwear/blacwhitspir.html
Of course, this goes against the whole buying of the internet thing. ^_^;
01-05-2003, 03:57 PM
Those second ones, the Black and white ones are the ones Kit had, I think...but hers were green...Hmm...I'm really gonna hafta e-mail hers about those...instead of just talking about them. ^^;;
but yeah, those are the kind i'd say to go for, not the top kind, since theyre barely visible and that IS what we want, for them to be noticed. ^-^
again referring back to the black and white ones, you don't HAVE to get them off the internet. ^^ those are the regular 'costume eyes' or whatever and theyre available at most optometrists and wal-marts. ^-^
01-05-2003, 04:20 PM
Wal Marts, eh? I'll have to stop by, I never knew ^^;
01-05-2003, 05:06 PM
9MM while pricey can do anything you need them to do. And they are FDA approved as well. My friend has ordered at least 4 pairs of contacts from them and has never had an issue quality wise or medically.
01-05-2003, 08:55 PM
*.* Yea, i was gonna post about 9mm site to get your Rikku contacts. My friend Kat was the one that custom ordered from 9mm the Rikku contacts, which as you can see cost her a pretty penny. She tells me they are great and they are a real attention getter! : ) It's funny how i guess they liked her custom ordr so much they decided to make it one of their lenses on the site! : )
The only problem with these are that they couldn't make it spiral so instead it'sa bullseye pattern. if you go here:
Just look at the one that first colum third row. The Jade pair! : )
Blarg 250 dollars.... *.*
Here's a pic of Kat in her Rikku costume and the contacts:
01-07-2003, 09:49 AM
*blink* Thank you Sakura..
DON'T BUY CONTACTS FROM ANYONE BUT AN OPTOMETRIST! >_<
04-04-2003, 05:04 AM
I was almost going to get green swirly eye contact lenses until I found out how expensive they were!
04-04-2003, 01:28 PM
Not to undermine Aeris's roof top shouting :D but if you DO get them online, you should probably only put them in when you get your picture taken, that way, they're in for the least amount of time and you'll reduce any possible damage. altho, your eyes could get irritated if you're constantly taking them out, and putting them in. I don't know tho, i've worn glasses FOREVER!!
04-05-2003, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by StacyMichelle
Wal Marts, eh? I'll have to stop by, I never knew ^^;
I love wal-mart to death... you can find so much random stuff there for low prices... if ou ever need something, check out wal-mart.
Yes, that is my contribution to this thread.
04-08-2003, 08:58 AM
try salecontactlenses.com..... (ithink i spelled it right). They have really good prices when it comes to perscription and daily wear contacts (around $30 per contact, which is compared to around $60 per contact).
Dang is it really that dangerous to get them online?Thats depressing....I wanted to get some blue ones for my Utena costume or some yellow ones (because someday Im going to be brave enought to make a Ryoko costume and wear it! I will!).
And the ones at WalMart do cost a pretty penny....oh well maybe if I win the lotto! *hopes*
04-10-2003, 11:07 AM
having worked in walmart ( canada ^_^; ) , the contacts do not cost a pretty penny at all!! only the costume ones do, but then again, theyre really expensive everywhere, not just at walmart. =p
walmart costume ones ( white out, catseye, bright red, knockout etc. ) cost $99cdn so thatd be what...around...60 something US.
the normal coloured ones ( blue, green, amber, violet, brown, hazel, grey ) cost $20 cdn a pair. ^____^ it might be more or less with prescription...call and look into it, ne? ^_^
04-10-2003, 11:57 AM
There's nothing wrong with buying lenses online... but. Federal law prohibits sale of contact lenses without a prescription; so says CibaVision, which makes the Wild Eyes lenses. (This is because of lenses being sold at flea markets, etc. with no medical advice at all; some people damaged their eyes very badly and sued like mad.) So at the very least, you need to go to an eye doctor and get a prescription, and if you don't need one, they'll tell you how to proceed. PLEASE use common sense, as these are the only eyes you have.
04-10-2003, 01:15 PM
When I got my prescription, they let me have a trail pair. They look good too. (These are normal colors) I got a pair of bright green for my Aerith costume, and some a brown for Urumi (GTO!!!!) and Lain. Yea.... that's the cheap way to go. I can keep going back and getting different colors too. The only thing is, these are a little more delicate I think, and the say demo on them (same color as the contact though, but it doesn't really show).
Yea. Collie is a cheap bastard, so what. XD
04-10-2003, 01:34 PM
Dont say cheap bastard, say "smart" Saving money is always good!
04-10-2003, 01:40 PM
> Dont say cheap bastard, say "smart" Saving money is always good!
Well, not really.
Demo contacts are generally dailies. Which mean please ask your eyecare professional how long you can wear them. (Dailies should be, as their name implies, worn one day then thrown away. They are not meant to be worn more than once.)
If you try to get extended wear out of contacts not meant for this purpose you will only irritate your eyes (or worse). Contacts contain a high percentage of water (to be comfortable) and said water evaporates after a while leaving contacts harder to the feel and to the eyes.
Being cheap is not the way to think when it comes to things like your eyes that need to last you your entire life.
Regular green contacts verses spiral green who's color can flake off in your eye causeing possible blindness.... you make the call
04-10-2003, 05:58 PM
Saving money is not always good if you get what you pay for - and if you get "cheap" for something you plan to be applying directly to the surface of your corneas, you are running a lot of risks. If you don't think you have the money to see an eye doctor and get proper fitting and instructions for your special effects lenses, then please don't get them. The risks outweigh whatever money you might be saving by going through cheaper channels.
Plain colored contacts are much less expensive than the "special effects" kind, and if you can't afford the fx type, you may still be able to get plain ones - and get a lot more use out of them. (And I'm ecstatic because I JUST learned that they DO make colored toric lenses. Finally, colored eyes for me! Well. You know. Other than blue.)
04-12-2003, 11:53 PM
Ordering contacts online isn't as bad as some people might think...as long as you are smart about it. Don't go buying from any website called Bubba's Discount Butcher and Contact Lenses or anything like that. ;) The Google directory and Yahoo Business has a good listing, organized by most popular sites, so that is a good place to start.
A good way to test an sfx lens dealer online is to check out their website and see how much information they're asking for. If all they want is your credit card number, walk away. If they ask for a full prescription (even if your eyes are perfect you still need one), date of last prescription, optometrist's address, stuff like that...then check them out. Many places won't even sell you lenses if you don't have a prescription that's less than six months (and in some cases three months) old. Some places will require you to fax the prescription, or scan and email it, and I've even had places actually call my optometrist to verify my prescription before filling the order.
Before you even go shopping for lenses online, head to your eye doctor and have them do an eye exam to get all your eye measurements and to do a test fitting to make sure you can handle contacts in your eyes, which can feel weird at first. Ask them for a copy of your prescription (which they are required to give if you ask for one) and then take it home and use it to order the lenses.
The lenses you order from the optometrist are in most cases the exact same ones you can order online. The problem with the optometrist is they have to raise the price to get their profit, whereas online stores are usually selling at wholesale cost, so their prices are much lower. The last time I asked my doctor about costume contacts, he said he could sell me a pair of Wild Eyes lenses for $90 a lens, when I found the exact same lenses for $60 a pair online. And then he apologized to me for them being so expensive, because he said there is no other way for him to make money selling them. But for custom orders, be prepared to spend a lot more.
Another thing about costume contacts, which is true of any sort of contacts, is not to wear them for too long. Extended wear contacts are supposed to be worn no more than 12 hours a day I believe, and regular old soft contacts (not the disposable kind, the kind you keep for a year) are supposed to be worn no more than 8 hours I think (it's been a while since I've had non-disposable contacts). Don't wear costume contacts all day, don't sleep in them, and please clean them thoroughly after wearing and make sure to change the storage solution at least once a week if you're not wearing them on a regular basis. Carry around a bottle of eyedrops made specifically for contact lens wearers, and irrigate your eyes if they feel dry or gross. And if they really start to hurt or itch, take them out!
Contact lenses can be a scary thing, since they sit in your eyes and eyesight is such a precious thing to have. If you're afraid, or doubtful, or can't afford them then don't worry about them...they can be a really cool costume accessory but people will still love your costume even if your eyes aren't perfect. They are a medical device, so be prepared to invest a healthy amount of money and time in them. As a wearer of contact lenses for over a decade, and costume lenses for nearly 3 years, I can say that they are a lot of fun.
Sorry to be so long-winded but in this case too much information is better than not enough. :)
kat of the Rikku contacts
04-15-2003, 02:20 AM
I worked in theatre for over six years and have done photography/modelling for seven, and one of the tricks I learned is that you don't need to alter the actual eye color to simulate a certain characters irises. You're rarely ever close enough to someone to see their eye color, and if you're worried about what it may look like in a photo--enter Photoshop! I'm completely computer illiterate and even I know how to alter eye color digitally.
I'd definitely forego the contact lenses. They're expensive and they can really irritate your eyes. I've spoken with actors who have worn special effects lenses, and most users suffer eye dryness and redness, itchy eyes and headaches--even if worn for a few hours. It's because special effects lenses do not have to meet the same requirements as daily wear lenses, and many of the effects require paint/materials that will naturally irritate the eyes.
The trick I mentioned above is used alot in large stage theatrical productions where the audience is far back from the stage. Simply outline your eyes in an eyeliner a few shades darker than the eyecolor you wish to emulate. Apply eyeshadow in three stages: blend the darkest shade into the liner and halfway up the eyelid, the medium shade should blend all the rest of the eyelid and to the outside corner of the eye, and then take the lightest shade and extend the color up into the natural curve of the bone that forms your eye socket. Make sure the shades are blended well--by the time you get close to your eyebrow, the color should be barely there. Brush off any excess, and use a finishing powder to soften the effect if you wish. It may sound like a cosmetic tip from the 80's, but unless someone looks really close at your eyes, the overall effect gives the impression of a different eyecolor.
Will it work for you? Who knows! As they say in Ancient Greece, I'm just the messenger, don't hurt me because of my information! ^_^