Colored Contacts Basics: Opaque Lenses for Dark Eyes

In this series, we’ll be going over some colored contacts basics, starting with opaque lenses for dark eyes.

What is ‘Opaque’?

One of the most frequently asked questions about colored contacts has to be about changing the color of dark eyes. The good news is that the vast majority of colored lenses available today are suitable for doing just that.

Contact lenses for dark eyes are called opaque because the pigment used in the lens covers up your natural color.

These lenses look like a doughnut, with the colored portion around the rim and a clear portion for the iris. To make the eye have more definition, some opaque lenses feature a dark limbal ring, which outlines the colored portion of the lens.

opaque color contacts for dark eyes

Natural Color or Dramatic Color – You Decide

Opaque lenses come in both single-color and blended color tints. The only way to decide which type works best for you is to try both.

For example, Freshlook Colors is a single color lens, while Freshlook Colorblends is a combination of three different colors. The idea behind a blended tint is that it mimics the natural color variations in the iris.

But what if you’re not going for the natural look. What if you want to stop traffic with your eyes?

Clearly Colors Aquatic Allure
Clearly Colors Aquatic Allure

Okay…then here are the opaque lenses for you! Clearly Colors (a brand offered by Coastal Contacts) are super bright. The shades are vivid and intense. Loads of fun for parties, clubbing, and cosplay.

Another line of brights are in the Freshlook Colorblends group. They are called Vibrant Views and so far there are three shades: Sterling Gray (most popular), Brilliant Blue, and Gemstone Green. these three lenses are more vivid than the rest of the Colorblends lenses.

Other Colored Lens Looks

To be honest, there are a slew of lenses on the market now (mostly coming out of Asia), that give you different looks. Circle lenses, for example are oversize, making your eyes appear cartoonish. These lenses were designed to mimic anime characters and really took off after Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance video. The downside to Circle Lenses, Barbie lenses, and others is that they are not legally approved for sale (in the U.S.) and may not meet quality and health guidelines. Until these lenses are approved, we recommend sticking with the tried and true brands.

Here’s a lineup of the best selling disposable color contacts for dark eyes:

Freshlook Colorblends

Number one selling colored lens from Ciba Vision. Comes in 11 shades (woot!) including three Vibrant Views. Costs about $32/box for six lenses. You can get these lenses substantially cheaper with online sales and coupons.

Base Curve 8.6 – Median, Diameter 14.5

Freshlook Colorblends box

Freshlook Colorblends color chart

More about Freshlook Colorblends 3-color contacts for dark eyes

Freshlook Colors

A solid color contact lens from Ciba Vision. Comes in 4 shades. Violet is a really good one, maybe even better that Colorblends Amethyst. See here for some pics on A Mermaid’s Lagoon.

Base Curve 8.6 – Median. Diameter 14.5

Freshlook Colors color chart

More about Freshlook Colors single color contacts for dark eyes

Acuvue 2 Colours Opaques

Amazing color and fit from number one selling Acuvue by Johnson and Johnson Vistakon. Based on regular Acuvue 2 lenses. Comes in 7 shades.

Base Curve 8.3, Diameter 14.0

Acuvue 2 Colours box

Acuvue 2 Colours color chart

More about Acuvue 2 Colors for dark eyes

Clearly Colors

Seven vivid shades branded by Coastal Contacts. By far the most popular color is Aquatic Allure, but Gray Storm is coming on fast! Gray is the latest up and coming color!

Base Curve 8.6 – Median. Diameter 14.0

clearly colors contact lenses vial

Clearly Colors contact lenses color chart

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Coopervision Expressions Colors

Not as popular but still great color. I own these lenses in green and they are very comfortable. Based on the Frequency® 55 Aspheric base lens. Comes in 8 shades.

Base Curve 8.7, Diameter 14.4

Expressions Colors box

What Do You Think?

What are your experiences with any of the above opaque lenses for dark eyes? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below and let us know.

Don’t forget to check out more lenses and color guides for blue, green, gray, amber lenses at

Next in this series is all about Enhancer Lenses for Light Eyes!


  1. bess says

    looking for bright green contacts to cover dark brown eyes, just for fun. Only plan to wear in evenings once in a while. The clearly colors green envy looks good, as does the green and emerald green from freshlook. What are pricing and wearing differences?