Would you like to try our new Mango Fruit Blast Smoothie? As soon as I saw “Ant-Man” I knew I had to cosplay UnderEmployed Scott Lang. And honestly it was the most affordable cosplay I’ve ever done. I found the polo and apron on Ebay, ordered the name tag online, and a Twitter friend came through with the hat! That was the hardest part. And I guess my cosplay was so exact that people wondered if I was going to work right after the convention. Or if I had just come from work. I made people crave ice cream as well. Needless to say it was easy to look super annoyed in photos!
I wanted to bring a little extra something to my Scarlet Witch cosplay and in order to do that, I turned to contacts! I settled on purchasing from Pinky Paradise. I know a lot of people use them and figured they’d be a good place to start. The prices they offer are very reasonable. I paid just $25.90 for the contacts (Super Pinky Bright Red) and I paid $15 for quicker shipping. I needed them quickly and didn’t want to risk it. They arrived in plenty of time for the convention!
When they arrived, each contact was in its own glass container that was sealed. I received a lens case as well! I thought I took a photo of them when they arrived but I guess I didn’t. But the glass containers were very small, just enough room for the contact to float around. I purchased some contact solution from Target and let them soak like suggested. I did a test run and everything was fine but I wanted to make sure I wore them for a few hours before writing this review.
The day of my cosplay arrived and after what felt like hours trying to get them in, I was good to go! I haven’t worn contacts in years and it’s something you should really practice. As always, make sure to soak them and check for any issues before putting them in! If I had to guess, I’d say I wore them for around 4-5 hours. I didn’t have any issues with vision and they were comfortable for the most part. I did use some eye drops to help with dryness but that’s probably something that will go away the more I wear them. When it was time to take them out, I just pinched them and that was that! It’s always easier to take them out than put them in.
As far as the color goes, I was really pleased with it! I have blue eyes, which I’m sure helped them appear a bit more red or brighter. The one thing I really liked about the PP website is the fact they have “real life” photos of people wearing the contacts. It’s a great way to try and judge if the color is what you’re looking for, and how your natural eye color might affect the results. At one point, I thought I had found the right red until I looked at some of the photos. It turned out to be much too light. I kept looking and then finally found the color I ended up purchasing.
I would definitely wear them again and use Pinky Paradise in the future if I needed contacts. I’m glad I decided to go with contacts as part of my costume because I feel it really added to the character. It was pretty cool to have people look at me a little weird and then ask if my eyes were really red!
Have you worn contacts as part of a costume? Who do you use?
I had someone ask if you need a prescription. You do NOT. I wear glasses in my every day life but went prescription free for the contacts. I believe you can order them with your prescription if you want to though.
Here’s my breakdown for what I spent on putting together Scarlet Witch. I did all this in about two weeks. I put a * next to the contacts because I did pay $15 for quicker shipping since I needed them to arrive before June 19th. I didn’t think it would be fair to put that in the total since if you plan your cosplay a little better than this, you won’t need that rush shipping! I really lucked out by already owning a red jacket but if you need one be sure to check Ebay. You can find some pretty affordable jackets there. If you plan on adding paint, or altering the jacket you don’t want to spend a ton of money on one! If you’re on the hunt for boots, I’d check DSW. This time of the year especially. You’ll find a ton of deals on boots since it’s now Spring/Summer. If you’re someone with some art/sewing skills you could probably put this together for closer to $100. As you can see, the accessories are what really added up here. If I had the time, I would have attempted the jewelry but I still would have needed to order the arm warmers. The contacts aren’t really needed for Scarlet Witch, but I thought they were a nice touch. You could 100% do this costume without them. Honestly, I don’t think the total price is that bad! If you’re new to cosplay, or looking for an easier character I highly recommend Scarlet Witch from “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
When cosplaying your wig can really make or break your costume. Sometimes it feels like the hardest part of putting together a cosplay. You need the right style, the right color, something that doesn’t break bank, and the list goes on and on! When I was trying to find a wig for Scarlet Witch, I checked the typical wig websites, and even Ebay, but nothing jumped out at me. If it did, it was too much money. I found one that I really liked but it was $70! That’s when I remembered Deidre had mentioned a different wig website before, Wig Is Fashion.
Wig is Fashion offers a wide range of wigs. They have everything from natural to fun and colorful. I was searching for a simple, brown wig that featured no bangs and a little bit of wave. That’s when I came across this wig for just $24! I couldn’t believe the price, and it had everything I needed for Wanda. I went ahead and placed my order. I was still a little nervous though because wigs can always be hit or miss. They can be too thin, they can end up being completely different from the photo, the color can be off. Once I hit “order” though all I could do was sit and wait.
When the wig arrived it was in a small but sturdy box. Inside the box I found the wig in a plastic ziplock bag, with the wig itself wrapped in a hair net. Basically the typical way you receive a wig. The shipping was pretty quick for coming from overseas. I ordered it on the 22nd of May and had it around June 5th. I believe they offer quicker shipping options if you’re short on time! As far as the quality of the wig, I was really impressed! The wig is very thick without being too heavy and fit really well. It was a little wavier than I expected but that really wasn’t an issue. It really is a high quality wig and I would order from Wig Is Fashion again!
(I hope everyone enjoys the new header! Super thanks to my friend for cooking it up!)
I have another post coming with a breakdown of costs but wanted to share some photos! I didn’t get the chance to have any photos taken by photographers this time around but hopefully down the road I can get that done! I’m glad people noticed the contacts since it took me 15 years to get them in. This was probably the most comfortable costume I’ve worn and I can’t wait to be Wanda again. The Quicksilver was a real pro at playing dead! She was great. A big thank you to everyone who’s commented on the photos via Twitter or Instagram. It really means a lot. I’m still new to this cosplay thing but the nice and lovely comments really help!
And I added some ~*magic*~ to this photo!