All the looks and none of the powerFive stars for style, but unfortunately this little vibe is far too buzzy for my liking. I found the vibrations numbing, and it was very difficult to get off with this toy alone. If you aren't a fan of buzzy, high-pitched vibrations, I can't recommend this toy.
The vibrator itself is designed for clitoral stimulation, though it is suitable for penetration. It is short and smooth with a curved point at the end that's perfect for hugging your clit. The vibe is "splash proof," meaning you can take it in the shower or wash it in the sink, but avoid submerging it completely. It's made of aluminum and plastic, and can be cleaned with gentle soap and water. It's powered by a single AA battery, which is a great feature for a smaller vibe, much preferable to hard-to-find watch batteries.
The La Metropole has five vibration modes: steady vibrations in low, medium, and high, alternating low and high pulses (buzz BUZZZZZ buzz BUZZZZZ), and two short pulses followed by one longer, high pulse (buzz buzz BUZZZZZ buzz buzz BUZZZZZ). The modes are controlled by a single backlit button. Hold it for about a second to turn it on, press quickly to cycle through the modes, and hold for three seconds to turn it off. When turned off, the button will blink 1-3 times to indicate battery power (three being fully charged, one low charge). The button is reasonably hard to press, which prevents hitting it accidentally during use or while traveling.
Despite its beautiful design, I was not impressed with the vibrations at all. This vibe is extremely buzzy/high-pitched, which works for some people, but not for me. However, I would still call it a powerful vibe - strong enough to make your hand tingle! I don't have the most power-hungry clit, but it still took a lot to get off with this toy. I had to press very hard, and ended up practically numb by the end. The buzziness makes it a bit uncomfortable to hold, and the sleek surface can be slippery (especially when lubed up). I found the curved tip very nice for clitoral stimulation: you can use it to hug the entire clitoris, use the very tip for pinpoint stimulation, or turn it around for broader, less focused vibes. The tip is nice for gentle g-spot play, but I wouldn't call this a g-spot toy by any means. It's much more suitable for foreplay and perhaps partner play - think of it as an upgrade from the good ol' "come hither" finger motion.
Overall, the La Metropole was just not my ideal toy. It is unrivaled in beauty by any of my old clunky vibes, but it just doesn't bring the the kind of vibration I need - low-pitched and rumbly. If buzzy is what you're looking for, this could be your next favorite. The size and design are nice and unintimidating - good for beginners or partner play. Its nice packaging makes it suitable for a gift, as well.