The hot pink plastic that makes shaft of the Panache is smooth and hard, while the silver control dial is ridged for gripping. This basic design isn't very exciting, but the hard casing does transmit vibrations well all along the shaft of the toy. Most experienced users won't be very impressed, but someone looking for a basic vibe which isn't over the top will probably be pleased.
You cannot get any more basic than the design scheme offered by the Panache: the shaft is fairly short and thin, smooth and straight. The control dial turns from an off position to a low vibration setting and finally to a single higher setting. The dial turns easily, and unfortunately can be inadvertently knocked to an unintended setting during use.
The thin shaft might be nice for someone who is new to anal play and looking for a smaller toy to start out with. When well lubricated, the Panache is a nice toy for this purpose. However, users should be aware that since it does not have a flared base, it should be used with caution for anal stimulation. For vaginal penetration, many women will find the Panache to be too small, although its small size could be nice for vaginal teasing.
The Panache comes in a matching hot pink case, reminiscent in shape and size to a perfume bottle, which may disguise its true identity unless someone peeks inside.
The Panache is a low quality toy which is not terribly impressive when it comes to performance. When turned on to full speed, it seems to have fits and starts where it slows down slightly before picking back up to high speed. Rather than being a feature, I believe this is due to poor quality electronics which will soon fail.
The hard plastic transmits noise more than softer materials do, making this toy slightly less discreet in volume than what is optimal.
On the up side, the vibrations are strongest in the tip, making the Panache ideal for clitoral and nipple stimulation.
Because the watertight seal is fairly reliable when screwed on tightly, soap and water are the easiest way to clean this vibrator. The fact that it has very few small nooks and crannies means that toy wipes could also be used, but there's no need for any special products. Alcohol can be used as a disinfectant between uses, if desired.
The hard plastic is compatible with many types of lubes, just make sure you adequately wash any reside off after each use.