I requested the Vida Zara from Fascinations to review because it’s so sleek and pretty, and as should be pretty obvious by now, I’m always willing to try vibrating sex toys. Vida has several high-quality vibrators, but I was particularly drawn to the shape of this one since the bulbous tip is bent for G-spot stimulation, but it’s not a drastic curve.
I must admit, I totally overestimated Zara‘s size. I know the dimensions are listed on the product page, but for some reason I still have a hard time visualizing just how big or small something is. At just 6 1/2 inches long, with a little over 3 inches of insertable length, this compact little vibe is discreet and easily incorporated into partner play. The widest point on the tip is right around 1 1/2 inches in diameter, giving it a fairly modest girth of close to 4 inches.
Now, what I didn’t expect and was totally impressed with is the packaging. It is awesome! I hope all Vida vibes come in zippered leather cases. Actually, I don’t know if it’s real leather or not–it smells like it could be, but I’m not sure. Either way, I love it. It’s gorgeous and very discreet.
As for the vibe itself, Zara is made from silicone and “anodized gun metal aluminum” so it’s nonporous and has the added benefit of being waterproof. The silicone has quite a bit of drag to it (so water-based lube only), and the fact that it attracts lint is very obvious by the dark color. There is a single, oval-shaped button located on the top of the handle that lights up when in use, and the motor has 5 speeds of constant vibration. Press the button to turn the vibe on and cycle through the settings, then just hold the button for a few seconds at any time to switch it off.
Perhaps the impressive packaging gave me unrealistic expectations for the performance of this vibe, but I must say that the vibrations themselves are somewhat underwhelming, and I really can’t tell that much difference in the intensity. The motor certainly gets louder and more high-pitched as you work your way through the speeds, but I don’t feel that much of an increase in strength. Also, the vibrations are a bit buzzy and can be felt all the way through the handle. Still, the Zara has the advantage of being very firm, so it’s really effective for applying pressure to the G-spot, with or without the power turned on.
I think this could be a great vibe, but it definitely needs a more powerful motor. Also, I love the Zara’s design, but I think the control button would have been more conveniently placed closer towards the bottom and on the underside of the handle. That way, I could more easily operate it with my thumb, but I think I’m just being nit-picky now, and it certainly wouldn’t look as good there. This would make an ideal present for anyone new to using sex toys, as it’s not the least bit intimidating and comes packaged ready for gift-giving.