LONG POST IS LONG.
The photos of the dolls wearing eyes in this post have minor editing in photoshop, but the others will have no editing unless noted. I've used mostly blue eyes for the comparisons, since that's the majority of my collection and because blue tends to capture a lot of light when photographed.
I'll update this with more pics as I get around to it, and hopefully compare company pics to my own photos at some point too. I will also update when my Vings urethane eyes get here later this summer and as I buy more eyes in different varieties. Next on my list are some Enchanted Doll, Dollflowers, Gum Drops, and Ersa Flora. As a note, if you like a pair of eyes, get it. Photoshop can make any pair of eyes beautiful, so don't rule it out as an option if you can't afford higher end eyes or simply don't want to spend a great deal on eyes.
Personally, I feel that eyes make or a break a doll, especially on larger eyed dolls (like Delf Soony for example). I like to spoil my rarer, higher end dolls with stupidly expensive eyes lately. My grandpa once told me (granted he was talking about drawing, but the point holds) that eyes are the most important feature. They give expression, they give life. A good eye gives your doll a sense of life and that special spark. And when you can't or don't use top of the line eyes, a little photo editing goes a long way. ;) (Hey I've done it, and I'm not ashamed. I know a couple popular doll owners personally who do the same thing.)
After all of this, I can say urethane and glass eyes are my favorite. Urethanes and glass photograph the best and most vividly, and have the most depth and life to them. Granted, I'll need to use acrylics to get the right dragon-pupil eyes for my dragons eventually, but that's okay. I don't use anything other than glass, silicone, or urethanes in my dolls' eyes anymore.
Before the pictures I will do a table summary of the pros and cons of each kind of eye in my personal experience (yours may differ of course). Pictures will follow!
Again, this is all just my opinion and experience and your mileage may vary.
Posts on this blog about eyes:
Eye Company Reviews
Types of Eyes and How to Care For Them (forthcoming)
DoA threads with great info on eyes:
Flickr pools dedicated to eyes (tons out there, just search for them, especially specific brands)
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(apparently soft glass/silicone are the same thing; you learn something new everyday)
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*I've never had a pair of cheaper acrylics last long. They tend to crack over time, with use, or just from sitting in eye putty. I had one pair that I never removed from the doll crack from just sitting there. Higher quality Acrylics don't seem to have this problem.
Thornwood in 12mm Makos:
Thorn in highly edited green glass 10mm eyes:
Those same eyes unedited.
Tangle in 12mm Makos:
Jack in 13mm Eyecos:
Jack in 11mm Eyecos:
Jill in 15mm Eyecos:
Junko in 18mm glass eyes from Fairyland:
This pic is glass eyes from Denver Doll, blue Makos, and blue Eyecos. The green glass are 10mm, the Makos are 12mm, and the Eyecos are 13mm.
|Indoors with flash|
Just to show that glass doesn't always photograph well, here's a generic brand (from taobao) dark blue glass eye, high dome, indoors with flash.
A bunch of different types of blue eyes without flash:
|1. Fairyland glass, 2. DDE Acrylic, 3. Makos, 4. Eyeco, 5. generic taobao glass|
Mako eyes in various styles and colors in sunlight (outdoors to capture the best light, no flash used):
Mako eyes in various styles and colors indoors with flash:
That's it for now! I'll update as I learn more or get my hands on more eyes. Hopefully that'll be soon, since eyes are kinda my thing lately.
Thanks for reading and happy collecting. :)