I kept meaning to write a review on my black sclera, but when I got word I was getting a pair for my Gambit costume courtesy of my mum, I decided to hold out until I got that pair so I could put both in the same post. So, here's a double-whammy sclera review post. :3
...A really long post.
You can see my normal eyes here
. No need to take up photo space with them. XD I have no idea what my skin was trying to do today, so I apologize on its behalf. You can see what's going in them here
. That case is ridiculously handy.
I can't actually remember which site I got these from, as it was a while ago and I went through hundreds of sites to get these. I can tell you, however, the the brand is Gothika
. Very high quality and I recommend them.
First up, black sclera. I use these for both my Morpheus and Daniel Hall costumes, and I might be making an EverQuestII Fae soon to use them with. They can also be used to great effect in a lot of original costumes. Here
they are in their vials.
(Black sclera with flash; linked because of image limit and because this photo is awful XD)
With flash indoors. This is the last time kids take the picture for me. As you can see, these heavily colored contacts don't take well to close-ups with flash, because unless the pupil hole is exactly
the right size and exactly
in place, the flash will completely reveal your normal eye color in the area of the pupil hole not on the pupil. Really takes away from the effect. So, avoid close ups.
Or at least avoid close ups with flash. Without flash is a lot more forgiving. This is also how most people will see it just walking by. One of the coolest things about these contacts is that people will rarely know if you're looking at them. It's like sunglasses, except only over your eyeball.
Outdoors takes great photos with these lenses, too, and because there's proper light, you can see everything else great on the costume, too. Definitely my favorite way to get close-ups with scleras on.
+Stunning effect. People will swarm you and ask you dumb questions (you have no idea
how many people believed me when I told them I sharpied my eyes), and it freaks most people out. It causes a huge stir no matter where you are.
+Bold color and very unique
+Without flash, photographs well and is great even from further away (see here
for the eyes more to the distance).
come in perscription at most sites (some people don't believe me when I say that)
+They last you a while if you take care of them (a year and a half and still in wearable condition).
+I actually think the darker your eyes are, the better. These are really opaque, so the only time your eye color is visible is through the opening for the pupil, and if you have a darker eye color, the less noticeable that slip it.
+...They're really cool.
+Pricey - these cost about 270$ plus shipping (luckily, these were from a site that did not add extra money for perscription).
+These are hard to wear. They're really large (see here
a comparison to normal contacts and see here
for how it relates to the eye). It takes a lot of practice to be able to get them in quickly (it took 45 minutes my first time - now I can do them in about 1-3 minutes).
+Uncomfortable - really, the comfort factor seems to depend on the person. I only hear horror stories about the pain they cause, and I've worn them for over 14 hours straight, no eye drops, and had only mild irritation. When they first go in and after they come out are definitely the worse, and my eyes feel really dry for a day after, but it's never really hurt.
+While these do come in perscription, there is some tunnel vision and it's hard to focus on anything, especially things close up (very hard to read). I'm not sure if the problem is the same with plano scleras.
+You have to get a specific perscription for sclera, because the base curve and diameter are much different from normal contacts. Some optometrists don't measure for sclera prescriptions and you might have to search around before you can get one.
+You're not supposed to wear them for long periods of time (3-4 hours) - since mine are a bit smaller than they ought to be (explained below with the Gamet contacts), my eyes could breathe well enough to get away from this, but if they start to hurt, be sure to take them out and rest your eyes for at least an hour!
I, quite frankly, love these contacts. They add a lot to a costume where the characters have very distinctive eyes. They are, however, a huge investment, especially for a costume. I don't wear these any more than about ten times during the year. And they are uncomfortable, even if not painful. I don't have any regrets about splurging on these, because the look it adds is just amazing.
I bought these from 9mm SFX
. They are much thicker than my Gothika contacts, and much bolder and photograph better (and more expensive). You can see them side-by-side here
. This particular style comes with many names (either ones close to "Gambit" or something having to do with "vampires") and are hard to come by on many sites.
I am going to be using these, obviously, for a Gambit cosplay soon. I might also use them for Dot rebooted as a sprite for Underseas Adventure from ReBoot. Here
they are in their vials.
These aren't quite so harsh under the close-up, flash circumstance as the black scleras, but I still advise against it. Again, flash is great for further away, but try to avoid flash for close-ups.
See, much better without flash. I should point out that I get my sclera about 2 mm too small so my eyes can breathe and that's probably why I don't have the discomfort others do. The trade-off is that at certain angles (a lot of certain angles), the white of my eye shows on one or both of the sides. But first glances usually hide this from most people.
Again, I'm fond of the outdoor lighting (despite how pale I get in it <_<), especially with these contacts, as they have more definition to see than the pure black ones.
+Because these are thicker and have a design (instead of being straight black), they are much more striking than the black sclera, and still look great from further away (as seen in this
+The expense is even greater than the black sclera, due to the coloration. They were a bit over 300$ with shipping (these ones were a gift for Christmas, even I would have had reservations about a second pair of sclera).
+Much thicker than the other scleras, and much thicker than any other contacts I've tried on (you can see them compared to a normal contact here
). They get uncomfortable faster, but after my second wearing, the discomfort was much less pronounced.
+These are even harder to see in. As well as the problems above, there's a red haze if I don't look directly forward.
Even more than the black sclera, I love these contacts, and I haven't even worn them with a costume yet. They are wondrously striking and stand out even from a distance. Again, they're horribly expensive and uncomfortable and I doubt I would have gotten them (or at least so soon since I got my last pair) if they weren't a surprise. I'm so glad to have them, though, and I just can't wait to get my Gambit costume completed and wear them out to a con.
These are a lot to spring for for just a costume, but if you can and are willing to, then go for it! It's adds lots of depth to the costume and looks amazing!