The Provoke is made of plastic and has a velvet coat of polyurethane (PU). The PU coat does not change the safety characteristics of the toy, but it does give a little bit of texture to its exterior. The texture provides the velvety matte feel, but it does provide the Provoke with more drag than a gloss finish would have. One might suggest that this should keep the toy from slipping inside too easily, but a little bit of lubricant allows this toy to move in and out too easily to put any trust in a surface finish.
The Provoke is designed with a small end and a large end. The small end is about 1" in diameter while the large end expands to a diameter of 1 3/4". The on/off button is in the middle of the toy but toward the large end where the vibrator is housed. The button does not depress and is sealed to prevent moisture/dirt intrusion. The small end unscrews and the 2 AAA batteries bridge the gap in the toy and an o-ring is included to seal the battery compartment from moisture. It all fits together in a neat little package. I hesitate to beat a dead horse, but the major design flaw is the lack of diameter variation near the center of the toy. In order to make the toy safer for anal play, the center of the toy needs to either be wider or much narrower than either end to provide a clear stopping point.
The place that the Provoke really shines is in its vibrator. This thing has seven functions, three levels of constant vibration followed by four different patterns of vibration. The level of vibration is substantial and although I had some trouble with the control button, I think it was a fluke, and trust that most Provokes will not have the same problem. The Provoke doesn't have the rechargeable feature found in some high end toys, but it also doesn't have the accompanying high price. I personally think the trade off is worth it.
Since the Provoke is made of plastic, care is pretty simple. Just wash with soap and hot water or your favorite toy cleaner and you're good to go. Plus, since it is waterproof, you don't have to worry about getting it wet during cleaning. Since it cannot be sterilized it really should not be shared with any one that you are not fluid bonded with and it shouldn't be used vaginally after it has been used anally unless a condom is employed during anal use. Not to mention, a condom would protect the control button. Either water based or silicone based lubes are both acceptable for use which helps if you want to use the toy in a wet environment. The only thing that could make the Provoke better in this area would be if it were sterilizable.
Evolved Novelties uses its standard clear plastic sleeve as packaging of the Provoke. The toy is very easy to see behind the text. There are no lewd pictures or anything disturbing, so the packaging is certainly discreet. One nice thing about the plastic sleeve is that it can continue to be used for storage if you don't mind the additional space it takes up. It definitely represents a nice touch from Evolved.
I know I have said before that what is good for the goose is good for the gander, but the Provoke is an exception. As purely a g-spot toy, this toy may be a 5-star device. As a prostate (p-spot) toy, however, this device leaves a lot to be desired. If I can't sterilize an anal toy there is less chance I'm going to use it because it comes with the additional burden of needing a condom. If I need to have my partner on hand to make sure the device doesn't disappear, there is less chance I'm going to use it because solo play is out.
The Provoke puts out a decent amount of vibration (especially on the big end) and the variation in size would make it suitable for both beginners and more advanced users, but anal beginners should be using something safer, in my opinion. I can't really, in good conscience, recommend this toy as a prostate device.