If you want something small and discreet that you can pop in your bag and take on the go, you might consider going with a lipstick vibrator. These bad boys are easy to use and just as easy to hide.
But before you head out there to make your next big vibrator purchase, there are a few things you should know. Let’s go over what lipstick vibes are, what you need to be on the lookout for and which ones are best to buy!
What are lipstick vibrators?
Lipstick vibrators are part of the mini-vibrator family—basically, tiny little vibrators that are easy to carry with you (and hide, if that’s what you’re looking for).
What separates the lipstick vibrator from the rest of the mini-sized picks is that it either looks like or is shaped like a tube of lipstick. These little bad boys are designed to be discreet—you can keep them in your bedroom or store them in your handbag and, in most cases, no one will be none the wiser.
Traditional lipstick vibrators look just like a tube of lipstick, like the Naughty Bits Bad Bitch Lipstick Vibrator. With these guys, you simply pop the top off and go to town. You can toss it in your bag before you head out on your next date and bring it out if the night seems to be going the right way.
But if you’re looking for a more traditional vibrator that still follows suit, there are also those that are styled like lipstick vibrators but don’t have a lid or any kind of “lipstick” features that would let you store it in your makeup bag without explanation. Instead, vibrators like We-Vibe Tango are small and portable, but they are unlikely to be mistaken for a tube of lipsticks.
What you need to know about lipstick vibrators:
Lipstick vibrators are great because they don’t stand out. You can carry one around without worrying that you’re going to accidentally dump your bag and a massive 8.5-inch realistic dildo is going to pop out.
But if you’re considering purchasing one, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Lipstick vibrators are for clitoral stimulation only. You cannot insert them or you could risk serious health issues, namely if it gets lost.
- They are tiny toys with tiny motors, which usually means they’re pretty loud. The rule tends to be the cheaper they are the louder they tend to be.
- Again, a small motor means less power. Your lipstick vibe isn’t likely to be as wild as your full-sized, high-quality pick.
- You need to take extra care when cleaning a standard lipstick-style vibrator. There are more nooks and crannies for bacteria to gather.
How to Pick Out a Lipstick Vibrator
Not unlike other sex toys, lipstick vibrators can be really cheap or super expensive, and everything in-between. And like all other vibrators on the market, it tends to be a you get what you pay for scenario.
Now, no one is saying you need to throw down $100 on your next new toy, but you also don’t want to be expecting a $6 purchase to give you the orgasm of your life (though stranger things have happened).
Taking into consideration the size of the overall product, it stands to reason that lipstick vibrators are great for a grab-and-go session or if you’re just trying the whole vibrator thing out for the first time.
What to Look For:
Lipstick vibrators are a pretty specific category of toy that doesn’t fall into that “all shapes and sizes” mantra. They are all small and they all look pretty similar. But there are a few things you’ll want to compare before you make your decision on which one to purchase:
There are really only two power sources for vibrators—USD and batteries, and there are pros and cons of both. Many people prefer USB-charged vibrators because AAA-batteries (which are almost the only ones that fit into something this small) can be pricey, and finding access to USD-charging capabilities becomes easier and easier each day.
That said, there are two distinct reasons why you might consider a battery-operated vibrator instead. The first is that batteries don’t need any charge time, which means if you’re in a rush and you want a vibe you simply need to pop in new batteries and you’re good to go.
The second is that if you’re a plain traveller, a battery-powered toy can be stored in your checked back on a plane whereas those with built-in batteries often cannot. While this isn’t always the case, if the battery inside the product is a lithium-ion battery can catch on fire in the undercarriage of the plan but a toy with removable batteries can be stored in your checked bag with the batteries in your carry-on.
Regardless of what kind of sex toy you are purchasing, you want to make sure that you are getting something that is made with materials that are safe for you.
Most lipstick vibrators will be made of silicone or ABS plastic material, both of which are safe. However, you want to double-check the ingredients as some of the cheaper products you purchase say that they’re safe but contain harmful chemicals in them.
Always ask the product seller if you have questions or concerns about the material in the specific vibrator.
We mentioned earlier that speed might be a problem in some of these smaller vibes, and we weren’t lying. Most lipstick vibrators have a single speed available, which means there isn’t a lot of customization available.
You might be able to find a few good choices that have a little variation (the Bad Bitch does have 10 vibe patterns to chose from). As a general rule, the less you have to pay for it the less choice you’ll likely have.
When we talk about style in the context of vibrators, we’re talking about the buzz style, not the overall look.
Another issue with the smaller vibrators is that because of the small motor there is only so much they can do related to the sound. Which, unfortunately, means, many of these are louder. Though you can find quieter options when you look at the higher-end models.