Ripple me this, ripple me that... oh wait, that's the spot!NS Novelties' Envie Ripple Massager has a nice bit of kick for only running on two AAA batteries. The silicone is smooth and supple, and the bulges feel lovely popping in and out of whatever orifice you choose to insert them into. Plus, it comes in two cute color combinations. So choose one today and make your other toys Envie-us!
There is no actual texture to the toy, other than the bulges of the shaft which are part of its design. There is a very faint seam up along the silicone shaft, but it cannot be felt and is barely noticed by sight. The silicone itself is very smooth and has hardly any drag at all, though it does pick up stray hairs here and there.
The toy itself is very firm and rigid; it is not bendable at all. However, there is a tiny amount of give to the silicone bulges when squeezing them.
Along the silicone shaft there are five bulges. They all have the same circumference and diameter, the only difference is their width (or height, depending on how you look at them). From the first bulge (closest to the handle), the widths are: 3/4", 1", 3/4", 1", and 1" for the last bulge, which is rounded at the top. The varying widths of the bulges do add a nice sensation when thrusting or pulling the toy out.
Overall, the Envie is 7" long (with 4 3/4" insertable), with a circumference of 4 1/2" and a diameter of 1 1/4". The ringed handle is 2" wide and 2 1/4" long, with a 3/4" diameter hole in the middle.
To operate the toy, simply click the one button located on the handle. The light on the bottom of the handle will turn on and glow steady or blink in sync with whatever setting the toy is on.
The functions/settings are:
1. Low steady vibration (low red/pink glow)
2. Medium steady vibration (the light glows a bit brighter than when on low)
3. High steady vibration (the light glows the brightest)
4. Steady pulses (from this point on, the light blinks in unison with the vibration pattern)
5. One second long steady pulse then two shorter, quick pulses (almost to the tune of "Jin-gle beeells, jin-gle beeells")
6. Steady escalation (low to high, low to high)
7. High and long steady vibration with quick flutters in the middle
Pressing the button again brings you back to the beginning of the functions. To shut the toy off, simply hold the button in for a few seconds, The Envie also does not have a memory; when turned back on, it will always start at the first function (the lowest steady vibration). The vibrations themselves are of moderate, surface buzzy intensity. The highest steady vibration is similar in power to the third setting on the MiMi (though not as deep). The vibrations can be felt through the entire shaft, but are more concentrated at the top of the shaft. They can also be felt very easily in the handle of the toy.
The Envie is also rather quiet. If used in a completely silent room, the toy can be heard by someone else in that room. However, if that other person was sound asleep, or there was background noise (such as a fan or TV on low), it is very hard to hear the Envie. It can also not be heard through a closed door. Also, the light on the bottom of the toy is not very distracting and isn't bright enough to illuminate much of a dark room; though the light isn't the best thing if trying to be discreet while using the toy.
As for storage, either slip the Envie back into the packaging it came in, or purchase/make a drawstring pouch.
There is quite a bit of padding inside the inner box - there's a flat sheet at the bottom with a thicker layer on top that has a cutout for the toy to sit into. The box will do for storage or gift giving (even though it is not at all discreet), or you can purchase/make a toy pouch.
As I said above, I feel that the highest intensity of the Envie is similar in power to the third vibration setting on the MiMi (though more buzzy and not as deep). That is quite a bit of kick for a toy running on two AAA batteries and enough for beginners/average users, though it might not be enough power for some people.
The only real downer I can find with this toy is its packaging. It's simply too excessive. I know that some companies like to stand out with their packaging, and some do slip on an outer sleeve on top of another box... but this isn't a glass toy and simply doesn't need all that padding. The box itself could honestly be halved; the entire thing is literally twice the size of the toy itself which, again, is excessive.
Overall, this is a nice toy that I would recommend to others. However, I wish the packaging was smaller (and more environmentally conscious).