BlackPink OLENS Scandi Review

I am a huge fan of the colored contact lenses in the Scandi line from OLENS ~ their hazel, olive and aqua lenses are fantastic for light colored eyes!  I wanted to go over these lenses  again, with a fun twist focusing on the contacts used by their brand ambassador, the K-Pop girl group sensation from YG Entertainment, BlackPink!  I received these lenses from OLENS complementary for review purposes

 
 I received these products complementary to review and was not paid.  All reviews are my own honest opinion and  I never have been asked to write copy for a brand.  This blog post might contain promo codes, affiliate and referral links, which using my links will help generate a small commission that helps support my blog at no extra cost to you.

OLENS is one of the first color contacts specialty brand to go global and they have helped introduce specialized colored contacts.  OLENS has developed Puscon, a material designed for sensitive eyes. It uses an FDA approved Phosphorylcholine, prevents protein deposits ~ I have a huge problem with that, increased oxygen permeability and has a hydrophobic  structure that forms a layer of moisture while minimizing water loss. OLENS handles their lenses using strict KFDA guidelines. ~ read more at olensglobal.com  I have never tried any other colored contacts, but according to OLENS, Scandi is more comfortable that TTDEYE and has similar effects as Solotica, but at a more affordable price point. 

OLENS offers several different lines: natural and realistic Scandi, exotic Russian Velvet and Spanish, romantic and fanciful ViVi Ring, 3D pigmentation, sophisticated colors with Secriss 3Con and so much more! They offer 1 day, 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 ~ 6 month contact choices, with a variety of prescription strengths ~ even no strength ~  diameter and colors.

I posted both the official photos from OLENS and my photos of how they look on me.  I think that is important, as OLENS uses models with dark brown eyes and the effect can be quite different on someone like me, with green eyes.  

My prescription lens that I use now are for astigmatism and I am lucky that the prescription strength is the same in both eyes at -5. OLENS does do a lot of BOGO so if you have different strengths, you are covered.  My base curve and diameter is slightly higher than they offer at OLENS , but that is due to the astigmatism correction.  OLENS has all of the specs on each one of their products and you can search on a lot of the specs, like diameter, prescription and so on.

Scandi is one of  OLENS most popular colored lens. This line is their best for natural and realistic eye colors, with soft edges and blendable shading.   Some of the colors come in both daily and 1 monthly wear. The monthly wear has  a total diameter of 14.2mm with a graphic diameter of 11.9mm and base curve of 8.6,  40% water content and made of polyHEMA.   The strength goes from 0 to -8.  The 1 day wear has  a total diameter of 14.2mm with a graphic diameter of 11.9mm and a base curve of 8.7, 48% water content and made of Puscon. The strength goes from 0 to -8.  Scandi is the upgraded version of OLENS Spanish line.

This lens does not have different left-right strengths to choose from but currently it is on sale for buy-one, get-one free  ~ so you get to pick TWO boxes with different strengths.   Just like all OLENS that I have tried, these are very comfortable to wear and I didn’t experience any dry eye.   The patterns in these lenses are very tight and look like an iris ~ it has the striation and different shades that make an iris.  The pattern is only around the outer edge, so expect to see your natural eye color peek out when wearing Scandi’s.

My natural eye color is green.  It changes colors on its own, so it can look blue, grey, aqua or taupe depending on my eyeshadow and my health.

image from olensglobal.com

Scandi Aqua Scandi Aqua is a new shade in this line, an upgraded version of Spanish Aqua. These were worn by BlackPink’s Lisa and Jisoo in the “Ice Cream” MV. The official photo has the color looking more blue on brown eyes, but it does have more of an aqua outer ring shading into more gold towards the inner part.  These come in the monthly wear only.

image from olensglobal.com

On my eyes, these are truly AQUA.  My natural green backdrop really helps pop that light aqua and gold coloring on the lens, resulting in a very dramatic but realistic color for me. 

 
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Scandi Hazel  The Scandi Hazel naturally blends with my original eye color. These contacts were worn by BlackPink’s Jisoo in the “Ice Cream” MV and are her pick.  This comes in a monthly version and a 1 day version ~ the  1 day version is made with premium Puscon material for additional moisture

image from olensglobal.com

I didn’t think I was going to flip out over the hazel color as I thought, meh, HAZEL.  On my eyes they look like an amber with greenish yellow tones, which looks amazing on me, like owl eyes.

image from olensglobal.com

Scandi Olive  These are BlackPink Rose’s pick from the Scandi line.  Olive is a really lovely mossy green. These also come in a monthly version and a 1 day version.

image from olensglobal.com

These are SO similar looking to the Hazel, but the difference is there ~ it still has the intense golden ring but on the outer edges, there is some darker shades creeping in, so olive is a little bit darker than hazel.  It is very subtle.   This transformed my eyes into a true olive green.  I am very pleased with this color!

image from olensglobal.com

Scandi Grey These are BlackPink’s Jennie and Lisa’s pick in the Scandi line. This comes in a monthly version and a 1 day version.

image from olensglobal.com

This is a darker grey with a golden brown inner ring.  It looks beautiful on a dark brown eye, with the dark charcoal grey outer ring.  On me, these just made my green eyes look greener, if that makes sense.  But it is not really noticeable.

Scandi Light Gray  This is a new shade in the Scandi line and it is quite similar to the Russian Silver, which I have tried.  These come in the monthly wear only. These contacts were worn by BlackPink’s Lisa in the “Ice Cream” MV. 

image from olensglobal.com

I did like the light gray quite a bit!  I don’t think it did a lot to change my eye color, but I thought it lightened my eyes dramatically for a Scandi lens.  The light grey didn’t “cover up” my green shade, so you can still tell I have green eyes but they look like light green eyes now

 

Top: Olive, Aqua Bottom: Grey, Hazel, Light Grey

Originally, I liked the aqua, hazel and light grey but now I am leaning more towards the olive instead of the hazel.  Olive really looks like an olive green and aqua is the GOAT. Light grey gave my eyes a diffused look with a lighter green shade.   I did like hazel as well, as that gave my eyes more of yellowish-amber shade but grey was the only one that I didn’t really see a difference.   Scandi is a natural realistic color lens line, so you won’t really see a huge difference, but those three shades, especially aqua, really had an impact on my eye color.

Keep your eyes comfortable while wearing contacts by using O Fresh, a moisturizing eye drop specifically meant for contact wearers and it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid.  You should not use this if you aren’t wearing your contacts.  Soft contacts have a high water content and so it makes sense that they will dry out during the day in your eyes.  Your eyes can only moisten them so much and depending on the weather, the air might be so dry that they get uncomfortable.  Rewet your contacts by applying a drop or two of O Fresh in your eyes. 

TIPS

If you have never worn contacts before, just remember these tips:

  • Make sure to wash and dry your hands
  • Use a saline solution to rinse off the contacts ~ even when you are opening a new pair, always rinse them
  • To pick up the lens, I dump them into the palm of my hand and then use my finger pad to pick them up. Not my finger TIP, no nails are involved here.  
  • Make sure that the lens is curving inward like a bowl.  It is is flaring out, then you need to flip them inside out.   
image from olensglobal.com
  • Inspect the lens for any damage such as tears
  • If the lens looks good, open your eyes wide and just place the lens on your eye.  Blink a few times.
    • You might want to use your other hand to lift up your upper lid while you insert the lens.  With practice, you will be able to add and remove your lens one handed and without a mirror!  

OLens has a great section on lens care and handling and they do have a section about how to insert  here

About OLens Purchasing

I would suggest getting OLENS Welcome Kit if this is your first purchase, your prescription strength is the same in both eyes and you are unsure what contacts would suit you best.  This will include your choice of 1 day/20 pairs from Scandi grey/hazel, Spanish brown/gray, Secriss 3con Coral brown/gray, Spanish Circle brown/gray, Russian gold/silver, ViVi Ring brown, Secriss 3Con Natural brown/gray, Misty Romantic hazel/choco or Natural Day brown.  You will also get 3 additional pairs of 1 day contacts, randomly selected from their best sellers.  The Welcome Kit is $29.99

It appears that all of the 1 month wear contacts are on a BOGO (buy one, get one free) sale which is fantastic if you have different prescription strengths.   You can check out their Scandi collection here, where the 1 month wear is 2 lenses per box for $29.00 USD.    If you have the same strength in both eyes, try their Scandi Collection Kit, where you get to choose two shades in the Scandi Monthly wear.   The daily wear are $21.00 for a box of 10 contacts and have only the Olive, Hazel and Grey shades.   

Don’t forget that new users can save  15% off their first order, if they use the OLENS app and 10% if they use the website.  They also have a Reward Program where you can earn points with every purchase and review on their site. Those points turn into cash that you can use in future purchases. 

OLENS does ship worldwide and if you spend over $100.00 USD, you get free standard shipping. For an additional $51.00 (over $150.00),  you will get free, fast shipping  using DHL,  3 – 5 business days.  They do limit orders to $200.00 or less, as there are custom issues, so if you want to purchase more than $200.00, they recommend placing separate orders.Olens global

 

[ disclaimer:  products received complementary for review purposes ]


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