Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Circle lens review: E-301 3 Tone Grey (Toric) from mukuCHU

Since some of my lenses have started to expire, I made an order quite awhile ago for new toric lenses to replace the ones I had. Since the E-301 series was finally available at mukuCHU for purchase, I knew I HAD to get these! I have been wearing these consistently for the past month to school.

Note: Review is required but I purchased these lenses.

The design of the lenses. If you look closely, you can see that the design doesn't take up the whole lens, so it's actually quite small :(

Since these are similar in design to the Gothic 3Tone series, I decided to compare them side by side:
The E-301 is much smaller at 14.00mm and the pupil ring is slightly darker, but for the most part other than that they're very similar.

All of these photos were taken with natural lighting:
One eye in, one eye without. You can see that there is a very slight enlargement, but not very significant.

Both eyes in, without makeup.
Both eyes in, with makeup.

I decided to go for a more natural makeup look since these lenses are also very natural. Sorry if it looks messy, but I was in a rush because I had to commute to school!
Makeup details:
- Primer: MAC Prep + Prime Skin
- Redness Correction: Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Bedaub
- Concealer: NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand in Glow (blemishes)
- Foundation: Candy Doll Liquid Foundation in No. 03
- Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark
- Contour (face): Fyrinnae Cosmetics Matte Bronzer in Medium
- Contour (nose): NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash (Ash)
- Highlight: Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!
- Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Hervana

- Eyebrows: NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Taupe/Ash (Taupe), Diamond Eyebrow Concealer in Chocolate Brown
- Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Eyeshadows: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe (base), L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe (lid) and Amber Rush (lid)
- Eyeliner: Momoeri Long Beam Eyeliner, NYX Slide-On Pencil in Jet Black, Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown (lower lash line)
- Mascara: Maybelline Illegal Lengths Fiber Extensions Mascara layered with NYX Doll Eye Mascara in Long Lash
 - Eyelashes: Mizukitty's Sweet Ribbon Series for Eyemazing in No. 301

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm in Caring Coral

- Very natural looking
- Comfortable for being toric lenses
- Great clarity of vision
- Custom made to order

- Not very large enlargement
- Might be too natural for my own taste
- Need eye drops on hand once it starts to dry out (around the 6 hour mark for me)
- Expensive, long wait time to receive them (took 2-3 months)

They are 14.00mm lenses with very little enlargement and natural design that are definitely best suited for everyday wear. Coming from a toric lens wearer, these are probably the best lenses I have gotten clarity-wise (even better than my clear prescription ones!). I often had a hard time with lenses going out of focus easily and not being able to drive at night, but with these I don't have any of that! I can drive at any time of the day and they don't go out of focus. You should always apply eye drops when you initially put them in, since the lenses are a bit thick. Comfort-wise, they're fine but start to get dry after about 6 hours. Nothing that eye drops can't help! If you are looking for a natural looking lens, go for these! If not, I would recommend EOS Flower for a more enlargement and a nice design.

Want your own pair? Get them at mukuCHU for $46!


  1. I only use grey color contact right now but I think I'll buy some other colors soon >_<
    I don't if it's just me who prefer bright color con more than natural ones XD

    1. When I first started wearing circle lenses I only had grey and colorful contacts as well! However I started wearing brown contacts when I realized the others weren't good for everyday wear, and now I love them!!

  2. They look really natural!! I just bought blue and grey puffy 3 tones recently to go outside of my box...and now I reaaaally want to get some natural brown lenses lol! XD I think I can pull it off...maybe I'll wear blue tomorrow..for the first time XD

    1. Puffy 3 tones always look so good, so definitely a good decision on your part :D I was like that too as well, I liked big contacts but once Remi Sakamoto became the main Diamond Lash model and kept wearing Honey Wing contacts I just HAD to get them as well! Which are super natural, which is weird for me 8D

  3. Wow, I think they look great on You, seriously, I`m in love!! :D I like the medium enlargement too. I`m into more natural lenses more, as I don`t really do more extravagant makeup recently (;_; ) but come spring, I`ll be able to have more fun. In winter I`m hiding my face from rain and snow anyway :/

    1. That's horrible that you have to endure such horrible weather, but I don't blame you for wearing more natural makeup during this time then :( Hopefully you'll be able to wear more extravagant makeup soon :D

  4. Thanks for the review! ^^
    I have to wear toric lens too ;_; But they're just so expensive >_<" I bought one pair from Mukuchu that I love, but I'm sad that they don't do any larger >_<" Where else do you normally get your toric circle lens from? ^^
    Also, I might not get a notification from this so if you can, email me or just drop a comment on my blog ^^ I really need help D: I think I also talked to you before about it on Kogal Panel about it aaages ago >_>

    1. I have bought toric circle lenses from another place before, but it was overpriced and the prescription didn't turn out correct... therefore kinda a bust :/ Honestly mukuCHU seems like the only place to get toric lenses that are your correct prescription LOL If you need more coverage I would recommend the Flower lenses!

      I will x-post this to your blog :)

  5. Thank for for writing this review! I used to be able wear prescription lenses that were non-toric but stopped after my astigmatism got worse...toric lenses seem to be really overpriced (like $70) in so many places and I didn't want to spend that much money, but then because I thought that the normal price was really high I didn't trust mukuCHU because it seemed so much cheaper! I will probably be ordering from them sometime soon-ish :)

    1. I'm glad I could help you! mukuCHU is really reliable, and I get my toric lenses exclusively from them since they're affordable and my vision is so good with them!