Insignia Isla

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La Isla Mala

This is probably the biggest flop of the entire Lelo line, for me. It is overpriced, and boring yet pretty. I care a lot more about function than design. The metallic paint can also flake, in addition to the design being hard to clean. Avoid this in favor of Mona, Elise or even Gigi.
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Pros:
Interesting design
Cons:
Boring shape, boring vibrations, overpriced
Rating by reviewer:
2
extremely useful review

Use

Isla is supposed to be a g-spot vibrator, but the lack of any substantial curve to the body or to the tip in general makes for a very "subtle" vibrator. The vibrator is also more oval shaped than round, and so it doesn't really give any sensation of fullness for most people. If you prefer a slimmer insertable, then you might like this. You could also use it externally.

In theory, the design is safe enough for anal play, but due to the design/construction I would not recommend anal play at all unless you cover it with a condom.

Material / Texture

A visually striking combination of standard, silky Lelo silicone skin and metallic-coated plastic make the Isla appear more posh than the other Lelo designs. While it is still a 100% firm and unyielding toy, it is pretty. But pretty is worthless if the design fails. And especially if pretty gets in the way of safety.

I have heard reports from others who own this line and use it that the metallic paint eventually starts to flake off. I contacted Lelo and they told me that they would replace the vibrators under warranty if it's within the 1 year, even though you might think that this is a cosmetic issue. In my opinion, and the opinion of those who have "flaky" Lelos, it's really not cool to use a sex toy as expensive as this Lelo and have flakes of paint hanging around inside your vag. Not cool at all, at any price but especially this price.

Design / Shape / Size

Isla and the other Insignia vibes all have three big design changes – the buttons are totally different and are underneath the silicone; the handles are pronounced and oval with a cut-out; finally a metallic plastic “interior” is added for looks. The metallic plastic interior surely doesn't add anything to the use. In fact, it makes it a lot harder to clean. As you can see below there is a fairly noticeable gap between the plastic and the silicone – I had a bitch of a time cleaning lube and fluids out of the crack. If this portion were actually made of metal I might be more impressed but it’s still plastic.

As with all Lelo toys, you can lock the control panel by holding down the increase and decrease button at the time same for a few seconds.
Lelo Gigi, Isla, Mona

Functions / Performance / Controls

Instead of four buttons in a circle, as with other Lelo designs, there’s now three in a row. One to increase power, one to decrease power and the center button changes between straight vibration mode and pulsating mode. The pulsating functions are all pretty standard; since I'm not a fan of patterns (or this vibe in general) I can't say that any of these were worthwhile to me.
Controls on the Isla, the Mona and the early-model Gigi
In keeping with the lackluster vibrations, there's also not a lot of noise. Not much going on to warrant much noise! I did submerse this in water and it continued to work just fine, despite appearances to the contrary with that charging port.

I don't feel that the position of the controls, combined with the different handle, equaled a good grip. In fact I would find myself accidentally hitting a button quite often.
Showing how its held during use. Buttons face you but are awkward to get to with your thumb

Care and Maintenance

Isla is fully waterproof. I don't care if your brain doesn't understand how it could be, since there is no cover on the charging port, but it is. You will not ruin it if you submerse it, I tried it out myself. Lelo wouldn't tell us it's waterproof if it's not, they would have a lot of vibrators to replace under warranty otherwise!

You're going to need care and skill and patience to clean this, because of how much gunk gets trapped in between the silicone and plastic. It's ridiculous and can be unsanitary unless you're careful. Also, take care in putting anything with an edge down in there, because once you scratch the metallic paint it will start to flake off over time.

Soap and water, or toy cleaning wipes is just fine. The hard plastic and silicone are non-porous.

Packaging

Ah if only beauty trumped brains. Or, rather, brawn in this case. Isla and the other Insignia vibrators are beautiful but they don’t really appear to be anything special. The trademark Lelo box is a little more posh on the outside, but the black pressboard is still the same, just bigger and compartmentalized. The black satin pouch remains the same. For some reason, the line includes a brooch of the Insignia logo – does wearing this signify to others that you are a modern, vibrator-using woman? Instructions and warranty papers are standard Lelo fare. The exterior box you'll not want to keep but the interior box, as always, is lovely for storage.

Personal comments

Isla is marketed as their g-spot vibe of the line but the curve is subtle. The size is subtle and feels slim to me. In short...it’s a boring vibe that just doesn't have a prayer of doing squat for my g-spot. Mona (original or 2) far outranks it in function; even Gigi as well. It also seemed that the motor is not quite as powerful/rumbly as Mona (original OR 2) or even Gigi. It felt a bit more diffuse and nothing to write home about.

I’m a harsh critic – but I’m picky and I’m fair. I don’t like dropping cash on a lackluster vibe anymore than you do. This probably wasn’t the best specimen of their line for me to review because I already have my g-spot needs very well taken care of. However, given the cleaning issues and the motor I can’t exactly see myself having a hugely positive review of the Alia, either, which is their Siri/Lily version of the line. So far as I can see the Insignia line is made to appeal visually and is best used by women who have sensitive clits and g-spots and want their vibrator to look posh. I can’t really find a justification for the price increase, either.

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  • GONE!
    GONE!  
    Thanks for the honest review!
  • thegogofiasco
    thegogofiasco  
    Thanks for the review/warning.
  • XxFallenAngelxX
    XxFallenAngelxX  
    Thanks for the EU review!
  • SourAppleMartini
    SourAppleMartini  
    Fantastic review, thank you!
  • snowminx
    snowminx  
    I liked the comparison pics, thanks =)
  • Sneekyfox
    Sneekyfox  
    Thanks
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