Yesterday, I reviewed Germany's Fun Factory's Teneo Duo Smart Balls. Today Team USA represents!
Team USA: California Exotic's Venus Butterfly
Specs: TPR rubber or jelly, depending on the model. 3.75" long, 3.5" wide, lightweight. Straps adjust to fit most bodies (including plus size bodies!)
Appearance: Ribbed, rubbery purple or pink butterfly-shaped bullet vibrator sleeve that fits over the clit and labia and is held in place with a pair of adjustable elastic leg straps. You slip the straps around your thighs (or waist, depending) to hold the vibe in place.
I originally purchased the "wireless" version which comes with a slim, bullet vibe that runs one AAA battery instead of the traditional corded battery pack. The classic version comes with California Exotics' classic silver bullet vibrator with runs on 2 AA's, so I popped the original vibe out of the butterfly sleeve and put in my bullet instead, although the bullet does not appear to be removable for some versions of the toy (there seem to be about a billion different. Slightly less convenient with the battery pack, but the added stimulation is well worth it! The jelly sleeve considerably quiets the sound of the vibrator, making it discreet for public wear, and also makes the vibrations a bit more diffuse (I also appreciate the cushioning effect that kept the bullet from rattling against my clit hood jewelry, a big reason why I'd stopped using my bullet in the first place.) I like a lot of direct stimulation, so I found the trick to using this toy effectively during partner sex was positions where external pressure is applied to press it against the clit. It works great for grinding on while riding woman-on-top, or while fucking someone with a strap on. I don't think it would do much for me during doggy style, because while the leg straps hold it in place, it doesn't provide enough clitoral stimulation to get me over the edge. I haven't tried it for missionary position, but I suspect a vibrating cockring might be more effective for keeping things in place.
You can also wear this out and about, pairing it with tight jeans to hold it in place while concealing its presence. I imagine it could be quite fun with a remote controlled battery pack!
My main concern with this item is that it's made from not super body friendly jelly, so it can't be shared or disinfected. You can unsnap the leg straps for washing it, but you'd probably want to remove the bullet first, which makes it kind of a hassle to clean.
Overall Grade: 7/10
Both of these products had their pros and cons, are both relatively inexpensive, great for public/partnered play, and kind of challenging to clean, so in the end, I'm going to declare this a tie. Germany and or USA will wind up rematching each other or other countries at some point (and this gives me an excuse to try other Fun Factory products!)