It's the question of a generation: Can you get old Snapchat lenses back? Like many millennials (and the select few parents who are savvy enough to use the social media app), I'm positively exhausted from Snapchat's constant toying with our emotions. First, they gave us the ability to puke rainbows, then they cruelly yanked everyone's favorite lens from the app, then they gave it back, and finally they took it away again for good. After all, in keeping with the impermanent nature of Snapchat, the app rotates lenses daily; no matter how much you may love sending a demon face to your brother at 2 a.m., each lens is designed to disappear within the week — or so everyone thought.
Just when you thought you had come to terms with the fact that all your favorite lenses are doomed to an early grave, Snapchat opened a "lens store" that it is now selling filters and lenses. For 99 cents each, you get to keep your favorite selfie-augmentations forever. Most importantly, the store's inventory includes both old and new lenses, and rainbow puke is one of them, because of course it is. Are you as excited as I am? Because I'm pretty freakin' excited.
According to The Verge, you can access the lens store by scrolling past all the free lenses, which are accessed by pressing and holding on your face in Snapchat's selfie mode. It's pretty simple — which may be a problem if you have a tendency to online shop after too many glasses of Chardonnay. (Not that I know from experience or anything.) If you're worried that Snapchat will start charging to use lenses at all, don't start freaking out just yet. The Verge also reports that the company will keep offering seven free lenses a day in addition to the 30 lenses in the store.
The lens store is just one of many additions Snapchat has made to the app this year, including paid replays (also 99 cents), a trophy case, and effects that let you speed up, slow down, or rewind videos. Basically, the app is turning into Photobooth for the selfie age, and I don't know about you guys, but I am so here for that. Speaking of which, I do believe it's time for my 1 p.m. Snapchat selfie — perhaps I'll make it a rainbow puke.
Who am I kidding? Of course it's going to be rainbow puke. What kind of millennial do you take me for?
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