Lately, I always feel like i’m opening my blog posts with an apology… i’ve been so behind with getting reviews written and I am really sorry. I realise that sometimes things are beyond my control, and that’s cool… but this time, i’ve just been neglectful and there is no excuse. I’m sorry.
Now that awkwardness is out of the way, let’s get on and talk about the next review for the delightful people over at SheVibe. I just want to take a moment to really thank them. They took a chance on me as a relatively new blogger, and one from the other side of the pond as well; they have been so supportive and helpful. So thank you, Team SheVibe; keep being awesome!
Anyway… along with the JimmyJane G-Spot Rabbit, the other product I requested to review was the Aria Mi Vibe Rechargeable Bullet Kit by Blush Novelties. As you know, I firmly believe that sex toys do not need to be gendered; anyone can use a bullet, especially as there are so many ways they can be used; it doesn’t always have to be about achieving an orgasm. So when I saw this, I had several ideas in my head and I really wanted to put it to the test. So was this bullet really all that versatile? Well let’s read on and find out…
The Aria Mi Vibe is packaged simply and tastefully. Inside the box, you get: rechargeable bullet, a silicone sleeve and a magnetic USB cable. The bullet features 10 modes of vibration and boasts ‘deep rumbly vibrations’. It’s waterproof as well, allowing for easy clean-up and bath time fun. The silicone sleeve is made from ultra-sleek shiny silicone with a nice amount of flex to it. It features a ribbed tip with a slight curve, as well as a wide body with ‘curves’ which are supposed to ‘hug’ the vulva. It has a finger grip on one side to allow for ease of use.
The Aria Mi Vibe needs a 2 hour charge and this should give around 1 hour of play time. The magnetic charger fits comfortably and has a decent hold; I didn’t experience any problems with it just ‘dropping’ off. The bullet is operated by a single touch button on the base. The button is a little stiff and I did find it a little awkward to use (but more on that later). The first 5 settings are the ‘speeds’ and then the last 5 settings are the patterns; your typical pulses, waves and crescendos.
The bullet is your fairly standard size; it’s a bit smaller than say, the We-Vibe Tango but still has a good amount of weight to it. Operating the bullet is a little finicky; you do have to push quite firmly in order to switch it on and change the settings. It’s not the toughest thing, but if you are someone with limited dexterity, it might be something to just be aware of.
So, I honestly wasn’t expecting much from the bullet. I see so many products that claim to have ‘deep rumbly vibrations’ or even just ‘powerful’ vibrations. And so many disappoint. When I switched on the Mi Vibe for the first time, I was shocked. On it’s lowest setting, it felt like the Tango on it’s lowest setting. It soon had my full attention. On it’s subsequent power settings, things took a slight turn. The power is definitely there. I was actually shocked at how strong this little bullet got. The only problem is past the first setting, the rumble is gone and is replaced by your typical ‘angry hornets nest’ kind of buzz. But it’s strong. The only thing I can compare it too, is the Palm Power. Not in terms of actual strength, but more a case of ‘power vs size’. I just wasn’t expecting something so powerful to be so… small.
For me, the buzz is just too much to use directly on my skin. Much like the Tango, it feels a little… abrasive. But that’s fine, as there is a little silicone sleeve you can insert the bullet into. This little curvy beauty has a rippled head which curves slightly, which leads to some wide curvy ‘hips’ with ridges. On the other side, is a little heart shaped appendage which you can slip your fingers into. Inserting the bullet is a little… rough. A little bit (and I mean, a little bit) of lube is recommended to make things easier here. Just be careful to not push the bullet in further than the little silver ring; otherwise it becomes VERY tricky to remove!
I was pleasantly surprised that the silicone sleeve did nothing to dampen the vibrations. They were still very much as powerful as they were. They just felt a little softer. Still buzzy, but a little softer… I was very keen to start rubbing this in places to see how it would feel. First, we tried frenulum stimulation. I discovered that the pinpoint tip was a little too much and actually over-stimulated me to the point where it felt too much. With a bucket load of lube, and an adjusted grip, I was able to hold the Mi Vibe under my shaft, so as I masturbated, it glided along the underneath, providing vibrations all throughout. It was a little clunky and required lots of patience and adjusting; but we got it to work and the orgasm was… OK. I felt I had to work a little too hard for that one.
Instead, I found that this bullet for me is a great foreplay device; so using it to tease my nipples, for example was very pleasurable (although we still have to keep it on a fairly low setting otherwise it’s too much for me). I also found that using the curved tip end to just tease my perineum and even my butt hole, ever so slightly, was incredible. So I guess it has led me to orgasm more times than I really give it credit for. And I suppose that does speak to the versatility of bullets. You can use them how you see fit; if it feels great (and is safe) then go for it! Just remember, this isn’t an ‘insertable’ toy, so don’t go putting it in places you shouldn’t!
Clean-up and Maintenance
The bullet and sleeve are completely waterproof, and i’ve found a rinse with some warm water and a little bit of soap is enough to keep these clean. Pat them dry with a soft towel and then pop them away, ready for their next adventure. The silicone sleeve is a little bit of a dust magnet (but let’s face it, what silicone ISN’T a dust magnet, really?). I love the fact this charges so quickly and an hour is definitely enough time for me. It’s also relatively quiet is well, if that’s something you need to consider.
I actually like this Mi Vibe more than I thought I would. I honestly thought I was going to hate this, but I somehow made it work for me, and I really do like it. I can tell you that there will be a few that will not get on with the buzziness; and for that, I would say stick with the Tango. But for me, once the silicone sleeve was on the bullet, the high-pitched vibrations became a little more palatable; and as I said, there were so many other places I could use the bullet to stimulate myself. So even if it was too intense to say, use on my penis, I could use it in other places and it would feel really good. It’s good to just explore, play around and see what works for you. Like a Wand vibrator, bullets can be an enhancement OR the main event; that’s entirely up to you. Personally, I think Blush are onto a winner here. Did I mention it’s also MUCH cheaper than the We-Vibe Tango… just putting that out there…
Where to Buy
NOTE: This product has now been discontinued, but you can check out some other awesome products over at SheVibe!
I would like to thank SheVibe who sent us the Aria Mi Vibe free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our thoughts or experiences with this or any other product we receive for review. Affiliate links have been used in this post.
The Lowdown | Aria Mi Vibe Rechargeable Bullet Kit
Pros: Quick charge time, waterproof, removable silicone sleeve for customisable sensations, STRONG vibrations, easy to hold.
Cons: Vibrations err into ‘high-pitched and angry’, button can be a little fiddly to operate during use.
Bottom Line: For a bullet as cheap as this, it does pack a serious punch; if you want a Tango but don’t have Tango money; this could be a good little alternative. It’s strong and (initially) rumbly; but the silicone sleeve does help soften those higher-pitched vibrations.