I've been getting a lot of questions about where and how to order Solotica lenses lately from Soompi, Youtube, and my blog, so I thought I'd make a post about it. First of all, these lenses are Brazilian which means you will ONLY find them online from sites like Viallure or lentesdecontato.net. These websites are in Portugese so it may be helpful to use some translator.
There are a few things to keep in mind. First, the price of the lenses on the websites is in BRL (Brazilian reales) so you will need to convert the money into USD (American dollars) or whatever money you are using to pay. So don't freak out and think each lens is $150 USD! The lenses usually run around $40-50 USD depending on what style you buy, and shipping is around $20 USD. Shipping cost of course varies between sites so make sure you double check on all costs.
You will need to know what style and color you want. For that, you can google Solotica to find pictures but here is a breakdown:
* azul: blue
* verde: green (only looks natural on light eyes)
* verde marine: aqua
* ocre: greyish brown
* mel: honey (usually looks green)
* grafite: grey (usually looks blue)
* ice -not pictured-: white (usually looks light blue or grey, was called "branca")
Hidrocor (Most opaque, no limbal ring)
Hidrocharme (Middle opacity, thicker limbal ring)
Natural Colors (Least opaque, thin and light grey limbal ring)
These lenses are semi-opaque, which means that they are not completely a solid color but have little dots that blend with your natural eye color. The model for the color chart has light brown, honey-colored eyes and as you can see, each color blends in with his real eye color. This is a VERY IMPORTANT thing to know, because the color of the lens will be different on different eyes. For instance, on my medium reddish-brown eyes, the NC ocres (orangey yellow lens) looked honey-grey while the Hidrocharme mels (yellow lens) look foresty green. Mels actually mean "honey" in portugese and look lime green or yellow on light eyes! My advice would be to do your homework on these lenses. Look at photos of the lens on someone with your similar eye color.
From what I know, natural colors can sometimes be too translucent for very dark eyes so they don't show up as well as charmes or cors. Charmes can give you an "innocent" look by enlarging your iris, while cors are the most natural. You just have to worry about "bleeding" with cors in certain colors (mel, ocre) because it may look like you have a yellow ring around your iris if your iris is small, which isn't the prettiest thing. Grafite (grey, but actually looks dark blue) and branca/ice (white, but looks light blue) don't give you a bleeding problem because their base color is white and blends in with your sclera. The limbal ring in natural colors and charmes masks the bleeding problem. Also, verde marine is more of a bright greenish aqua than in the color chart.
Viallure now has an English-version of their website. Just click on the little British flag at the top right of the page. On the order page, the price is for 1 lens, and you need 2 so double the cost for the price of the lenses. Your order will show up on the next page with 1 lens for the right eye, and 1 lens for the left eye. Finish ordering through the website or e-mail or IM Ana Paula (English-speaking rep for Viallure) at firstname.lastname@example.org if you get confused and would like to order that way. Ana is very nice and Viallure has great service. Just as an additional note, they will ask you for an ID number, but just give them a random number that you write down for your records.
For Lentesdecontacto.net, the process will be in Portugese, but I've heard that they pack the lenses safer than Viallure. I may be wrong on this, but I think both companies are now accepting paypal payment if you are worried about credit card information. Also, tutorials for ordering from either site can be found at the Lensaholics forum in this thread: http://lensaholics.proboards102.com/index.cgi?board=solotica&action=display&thread=4214
I hope that helps everyone out and I hope you guys enjoy these beautiful lenses as much as I do!
EDIT 5/9/09: Due to e-mails and comments from various companies promoting or "calling out" websites for being good to buy from or being scammers, I have disabled the comments for this post. If you do have questions, please comment on the most current blog post. I urge everyone to be very careful in purchasing Soloticas online. Use a lot of discretion and do your research. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Thanks guys.