Review: Vive Ombra


Vive Ombra
One of my favourite places to shop for sex toys is Harmony. They have some fantastic offers going on a regular basis and I can’t usually resist a good discount code. When I came across one for 20% off a selection of pink items, I decided to have a quick browse and see if I could find anything interesting.

I’m usually somebody who complains about the amount of pink in the industry, but I was quite curious to check out the Vive range, especially at such a good price. I decided to buy three toys from the brand and they ended up being the Minu, the Cleo and the Ombra, which is the topic of today’s post.

The Vive Ombra is made from premium silicone. It’s hypoallergenic, non-toxic, virtually non-porous and completely body-safe. It doesn’t contain any latex or phthalates. The silicone has a silky soft finish which allows it to glide easily across the skin with minimal drag or friction. It is recommended to use water-based lubricant with this product to improve the experience, but I have found a small amount is all that’s required for me personally. I think you’ll all be pleased to know that the silicone is anti-dust, which is a huge bonus and seems to be something of a goldmine in this industry. Even if it did attract lint like the plague, the Ombra is fully waterproof so removing it wouldn’t be a problem.

Vive OmbraIt is fully rechargeable via USB so that is simply placed into a charging port whilst the jack is inserted into the DC port located on the back of the toy. It is covered by self-healing silicone to keep the toy’s waterproof abilities intact, but this makes it stiff to get the jack into place to begin a charge. Sometimes you have to be quite forceful with it.

I thought this may have gotten easier after a few charges but it hasn’t. Nonetheless, the charge time isn’t bad at all. It takes around seventy minutes and this offers a reasonable forty minutes of playtime. This lessens to thirty minutes when used on the highest settings. It will show a green light when fully charged, white when active and orange when it needs charging.

It’s such an easy toy to understand as there’s a simple three-button control panel to operate the functions. The middle button turns the toy on and off when pressed and held for a few seconds whilst the plus button increases the intensity and the minus decreases. I found these buttons were much easier to operate than those on the Vive Minu, they were not stiff and awkward to press this time around and I feel that the button placement was much better.

The Ombra has ten settings, three constant vibration modes and seven patterns. I found all of these to be buzzy except the first constant speed, which had a minor amount of rumble to it. I liked that none of these settings had the high-pitching numbing that I hate, but I can’t say that I was impressed or thrilled with the power that they had to offer. It’s definitely not as enough intensity as I need, so I would rate this best for those who like low to mid range power options. If you need a power tool, this is not going to be the right product for you.

Vive OmbraUnlike the Minu, I can actually orgasm with this toy but it takes quite a lot of time. If I’m honest, I get bored when I use this. If I’m not climaxing within five to ten minutes I begin to lose interest. I prefer my clitoral orgasms to be quick and intense, not drawn out and mediocre. There doesn’t feel much difference between the power of this and the Minu, so I think the shape of this one has a lot to do with how it makes me feel. I think the Ombra is better suited to my anatomy and provides much better contact with the clitoris.

The Minu focuses on general vulva stimulation but doesn’t have the strength to do much past causing a gentle tingle to the area. The shape wasn’t really working for me. The Ombra however, has a rather firm head which means I can apply pressure as and where I need it. The flat, angled tip allows me to get good precision too, which is something that I appreciate. I think a smaller surface area would make the contact feel more direct and pin-pointed, but as it is, it’s great for people who like their stimulation to be slightly broader but not as wide-set as stimulation from a wand.

Overall, I think the Vive range could be better. Based on my experience with the vibrators from this range so far, I’m not tempted to try out anymore. I simply need more intensity. The Ombra does have some good features such as the small amount of flex to the shaft which makes positioning easy and comfortable and the finger loop could be useful for those with motor issues/weak joints. I personally find the loop uncomfortable and frustrating so I don’t use it, opting to hold above the buttons instead. If you’re not a power queen and enjoy broad clitoral play, then this might be worth a try but I’d recommend trying the We-Vibe Touch instead.

You can purchase the Vive Ombra (£69.99) from Harmony. Affiliate links have been used.

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