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The Tristan Swirl, or Tristan 1.5 (as it's a size halfway between the Tristan and Tristan 2), by Vixen Creations is a wonderful vibrating silicone plug for higher intermediate or advanced users. The vibrations are concentrated in all the right spots with an innovative, deep cavern, it has a super comfortable base that fits nicely between the cheeks, and it's absolutely beautiful to look at.
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Pros:
Soft silicone, comfy base, lovely color, decent vibrations, good size between Tristan and Tristan 2.
Cons:
Much too large for a beginner.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review

Use

The Tristan Swirl is a large butt plug (with vibrating bullet), meant for higher intermediate or advanced anal users. Sorry beginners, this isn't for you. This is non-gender specific; anyone who is experienced enough anally can use it.

As with all plugs, there is no limit to how you can use the Tristan Swirl. During sex, during a masturbation session, while reading a book, lounging around the house, as a warm up to anal sex. Possibilities are endless; the Swirl is even comfortable enough for longer term wear because of the long neck and comfortable base. You can use the Tristan Swirl to warm up to using the Tristan 2, or any other larger plug.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Everyone
    • Solo
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Anal

Material / Texture

This toy is made of super soft, squishy, smooth, swirled, semi-matte, 100% silicone. There's no texture, other than the semi-matteness. Being made of silicone, it is odorless, tasteless, nonporous, hypoallergenic, latex- and phthalates-free, sterilizable, hygienic, and the ultimate luxury in a toy.

Without the included bullet (see below), the Tantus Swirl is super soft and flexible, with no seams or irregularities. When the bullet is submerged into the toy as deep as it can go, it firms up dramatically. If you have worries about whether you can take such size, you can leave the bullet out, and it still goes in fine, if a little floppy.

Vixen silicone is much squishier and has more give than, say, Tantus silicone or Happy Valley silicone. Because of the lack of density (due to the bullet hole), this may be the softest silicone plug I have ever encountered.
    • Flexible
    • No odor
    • Not porous at all

Design / Shape / Size

The Tristan Swirl is shaped much like the original Tristan and the Tristan 2, with a spade-shaped head, long neck, and hourglass-shaped base, which is much like Tantus's standard buttplug base, but not as uncomfortable.

As for size, the Swirl is 3.75" long, with 3.25" insertable. At its widest point, it is 1.75" in diameter (5.5" in circumference), and its neck is 1.25" in diameter (4" in circumference). This is not a beginner plug.

Do you see how pretty the swirls of the Swirl are in the photos? They're prettier than that. They're shimmery, shiny, multi-colored (black on the edges, purple in the middle) ribbons throughout the entire toy, though most noticeable in the head. They are faintly metallic, but extremely gorgeous.
    • Whimsical / artistic

Functions / Performance / Controls

In the base of the Tristan Swirl, there is a pocket about 2.5" deep where the bullet vibrator can be inserted. The bullet is your typical push-button, watch-battery, on-or-off variety, with a cord attached for easy removal. The vibe itself is about 2.25" long, so there is some extra room when the bullet is completely inserted. This means that the vibrator won't abruptly turn off when you move. Absolutely ingenious! Because the tip of the bullet is located maybe .25" up from the widest point of the toy, vibrations are felt inside the body, instead of just around the anus.

The vibrations (though buzzy and very surface-y) can be felt throughout the entire toy due to their proximity to the middle of the toy. When the bullet is inserted in the toy and turned on, it is virtually silent. The bullet seems not to be waterproof, but the Tristan Swirl itself is.

Before inserting the bullet, dab a bit of lubricant on it to aid in removal. Do not remove the clear plastic strip that is inside the battery compartment of the bullet, or the push button will not work and the batteries will rattle. If the bullet starts vibrating without the lid being on it, replace the strip.
    • Easy to use
    • Moderately strong

Care and Maintenance

Silicone is really the easiest material to take care of, because of its non-porousness. To clean on a daily basis, without sharing between people, you can clean off the Swirl with just soap and water or a commercial toy cleaner. To sanitize, if you're sharing with someone, boil for 3-5 minutes, put it in the dishwasher (no soap, top rack), or wipe down with a 10% bleach solution or rubbing alcohol. It goes without saying to remove the bullet before cleaning. To clean the bullet, just wipe down with a damp cloth. Please use a condom if you're sharing in the same session. No silicone lubes unless you do a test spot on the bottom.

Storage is a snap, too. You can store it in the tube it came in (see below), or store it with your other toys. It picks up lint pretty good, so a plastic baggy or lint free pouch is suggested to keep it lint free. Avoid keeping it with lesser materials.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store

Packaging

The Tristan Swirl comes packaged in one of Vixen Creations' smaller tubes. On the side of the tube is the standard sticker, including that the Swirl is made of 100% silicone, made in the USA, has a lifetime warranty, how to clean, how to store, and lubrication compatibility.

The tube is great for storage; you can keep the bullet and the plug together in it, and they both fit just perfectly. It's great for travel, as it's see through, but not blatant as to the contents. It's minimal, but reusable.
    • Good for storage
    • Minimal
    • Very informative

Personal comments

I cannot speak enough about how awesome the Tristan Swirl is. It has to be the most comfortable plug I own, despite being an inch in circumference larger than my largest toy. It almost feels like it's a part of your butt.

To be honest, the vibrator side of this plug is boring. It doesn't give me any added stimulation from the plug being in because it's not very strong. It's like a slight tickle. I've used the Swirl three times now, and only had the bullet in once. I prefer it without the bullet, as it is even more comfortable and not as solid.

It feels great when I put my Wahl up to it, though!

Objectively, it is worth every one of its 5 stars.
Subjectively, it is also worth 5 stars.
Follow-up commentary
The Tristan 1.5 is, without a doubt, one of my favorite plugs and definitely the most beautiful, but I don't use it too often. It's the largest plug I own, and because of that, I only take it out of the butt plug box for when I want to work up to it.

That said, I do still enjoy it and the silicone is holding up as silicone does--very well. I don't use the bullet with it, though. The vibrations did nothing for me (they were too weak, despite perfect placement of the bullet canal), and it just made the neck too solid to use comfortably. Because of this, I think I will get the Tristan 1.5, without the bullet, in a future purchase. Plus, that silicone is just gorgeous, and I want to own more of it.

Anyway, I still love my Tristan 1.5 and have even expanded my collection to include the original Tristan because of how much I like the Tristan 1.5. The shape is perfect and I love Vixen's silicone.
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Comments
  • Mwar
    Mwar  
    I'm looking to go another plug up, so to speak. This looks like a great one. Thanks for the review!
  • Trouble 63
    Trouble 63  
    Good review. I own this toy and my thoughts about it are very similar. Want the 2.0
  • spineyogurt
    spineyogurt  
    Thanks for the review
  • C-Rae
    C-Rae  
    Thanks for taking the time out to do a great review
  • Peres2013
    Peres2013  
    Thank you so much for reviewing!
  • palindromic
    palindromic  
    Thanks for the information about how the bullet affects the rigidity of the toy - super useful.
  • Jenny Smith
    Jenny Smith  
    Great review. Thanks
  • GingerSpice
    GingerSpice  
    good info in the followup!! thanks for the review
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