review : OLENS Scandi Contact Lens

October 31, 2020

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
Earlier this month I was given a chance to review the new Scandi* color contact lenses from OLENS Global. It's been a while since I got to play around with lenses so I was super excited! If you're a K-Pop fan, you might already be familiar with OLENS as BLACKPINK are endorsers of the brand. Several of their lenses can be seen worn in BP's music videos. In fact, Scandi lenses were used in the Ice Cream MV 🍦✨

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS is the #1 contact lens specialty store in Korea. I've known about them for a long time now since EXID's Hani used to be their brand ambassador way back in 2015. The Scandi contact lens is the newest addition to their "iris contacts" line, which focus on changing the look of the iris while still looking natural and realistic. They're an upgrade of their best-selling Spanish lenses, with more colors.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
The selling point of Scandi lenses is the natural-looking design. Unlike most lenses that I've tried before, the color pattern is only on the middle part of the lens. (This is why the lenses have a graphic diameter of only 11.9mm, even though the total diameter is 14.2mm.) It doesn't have a limbal ring either. The rest of the lens is just clear, so the pattern itself blends into your eyes effortlessly. And because the design is quite subtle, you can wear these lenses with a variety of makeup looks.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co

SCANDI GRAY

Jennie and Lisa's pick! Unlike most gray lenses that look blue when worn, the Scandi Gray lenses are a true gray. Blended with the gold inner ring though, the color leans a bit more warm overall. When worn the lenses give a very chic look, so I can see why these lenses are JenLisa's favorite! Also my favorite from the five.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co

SCANDI HAZEL

Jisoo's pick! (She also wears this for the Ice Cream MV but I couldn't find a decent photo, sorry!) I was excited to try these out. Hazel lenses are my go-to because I find they go well with my skintone, but it's hard to find ones that don't look too yellow or too orange. These fall right in the middle, so they're perfect.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co

SCANDI OLIVE

Rosé's pick! I was looking forward to these as well. I personally like how green lenses blend with my dark eye color, so I've developed a preference for them. The color is a muted olive green that blends seamlessly with the gold inner ring. Surprisingly, it's the most natural color out of the five, so they're my go-to for minimal makeup looks. Great as everyday contacts.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co

SCANDI LIGHT GRAY

Compared to Scandi Gray, the Light Gray lenses actually lean more blue when worn. The gold inner ring is also more visible. The color and design feels similar to another design by OLENS—Russian Silver—but here the design is only on the iris. The overall look is very chic and stylish.

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Scandi Light Gray worn by Lisa in the Ice Cream MV ♥

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co

SCANDI AQUA

Out of all the colors, this one was the most vibrant. As you can see the gold inner ring is a lot more visible here compared to the other colors. As the color is so vibrant, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to pull this color off, but surprisingly the aqua is actually very wearable. These are great if you want something to change up your look instantly. Even with the vivid color, the design is very subtle so you can wear these without worrying about the lenses clashing with your makeup.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
Scandi Aqua worn by Jisoo and Lisa in the Ice Cream MV ♥

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co

1DAY vs MONTHLY

As mentioned, the Gray, Hazel, and Olive lenses come in both Daily and Monthly variants, while the Light Gray and Aqua only come in Monthlies. The design is exactly the same in both, but the difference lies in the material used to make them. 1Day lenses are made from Puscon, while Monthly lenses are made from PolyHEMA. The difference between the two is that the 1Day is made of a more hydrophilic, higher quality material, which explains the higher water content (48% vs 40%). If you have extra-sensitive eyes, I suggest going for the 1Day variant. In my opinion, after trying both, I feel like there's not much difference. My eyes tend to get dry very quickly, but I can wear both types for at least 12 hours without any problems.

Coming from the Philippines, I understand that these lenses are more costly than most locally available options, so think of it this way: because of the current quarantine situation, I've only worn lenses maybe once or twice this month. All other times I just wear my glasses. In this case, 1Day lenses are more cost-effective than monthly or yearly lenses. One box of 1Day lenses contains at 10/20 pairs of lenses depending on the color (Scandi Olive only comes in a pack of 10). So if you only use 1 pair a month you get up to 5/10 months' worth of lenses. Personally, I think it's a pretty ok deal. But if you prefer monthlies, all Monthly lenses on OLENS are always Buy 1 Get 1 Free, so you can get 2 months' worth of wear for the price of one.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
For natural contacts that still make an impression, the Scandi lenses are a great choice. I've always had a problem with finding good natural-looking colored contacts for dark eyes—oftentimes if the design is visible, the lens itself is uncomfortable to wear. My eyes have gotten a lot drier as I've gotten older too, so I've always wanted to get daily lenses because I heard they're a lot more comfortable. And they really are! I'm glad I finally got to try them for myself, and I think I'll be sticking to these from now on.

OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
OLENS Scandi Contact Lens Review | chainyan.co
All OLENS Global new members get a sign up coupon for a discount of up to 15% off. New members also get a Welcome Kit (pictured above) which includes free 3 pairs of 1Day samples to try out on their first purchase of 1Day lenses. Plus there's free worldwide shipping – free standard shipping for orders over $100 and free express shipping over $150. Express shipping uses DHL, and it's SUPER FAST, just 3-5 business days! My lenses took only 3 days from KR to PH, and it was delivered right to my doorstep. Here's a suggestion: ask your friends to do a group order with you so you can avail of the free shipping!

If you do decide to buy, let me know which ones you got and what you think of them ;)

DISCLAIMER: This product was sent to me by OLENS Global for review, but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Please see my full disclaimer for more information.

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