Pretty in pastel - traditional vibrator by Cal Exotics - review by countrycutie

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Extremely loud, but satisfying

The Pretty in Pastel is a very basic, but very satisfying waterproof vibrator. It is great for beginners, solo use and partner use and with a good amount of lube, is super fun toy!
Powerful vibrations
Raised design
Hard plastic
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


I did not expect to love this vibrator, but I really did. It's a good size for both beginners and more advanced users, but not the best choice for a size queen. It can be used as a vaginal toy or a clitoral stimulator with the vibration on or off. I would not recommend using this toy anally as the design on the side is raised significantly and could potentially be very painful.

Although the vibrations are strong, they are more of an external vibration than internal so this might not be the most satisfying vaginal vibration. The little nub at the top of the vibrator is great for easy insertion, but slips around a lot when used on the clitoris. Be careful to use a delicate touch so as not to injure the pelvic bone.

This vibrator is a great toy for for both solo use and use with a partner and can even be taken in the shower or bath for added fun!
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Solo
  • Where
    [ ? ]
    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Tub/shower/pool
  • Features
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • 3 speeds
    • Texture
  • Body / part areas
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    What areas on the body can this product be used / what areas does it stimulate best?
    • Clitoris
    • Vaginal

Material / Texture

The Pretty in Pastel vibrator by California Exotics is made of ABS with PU Cute and ABS with silver plating on the ring. In English, this vibrator is made of plastic with what it claims as a satin finish. The plastic is not especially soft or silky, but more of a hard plastic that requires lots of lube (water based!). It is very solid with absolutely no give. I equate the plastic to that of a plastic Bic pen.
Pretty in Pastel

The design is raised up on the shaft significantly. Probably a good 1/8 of an inch off the surface of the vibrator. Because the swirl design is so loose, you can feel every bit of the texture when inserting, hence why I do not recommend this for use anally. As far as vaginal use, if you like texture, you will love Pretty in Pastel, but if you are not a fan or it feels uncomfortable to you, this is not the toy for you.

The bottom portion of the vibrator where the control is has a bit more grip to it than the shaft.

I did not notice any scent.
    • Bumpy
    • Rigid

Design / Shape / Size

The Pretty in Pastel is solid plastic with a screw-off base that is water proof for bath time play. This toy is best used lots of lube! It can be used with any type of lube, but I prefer water-based. The bottom features a shiny silver ring for design. The vibrator flares out below the ring creating a little nub making the vibrator easier to grip. At the very bottom there is a button for controlling the vibration speed. There are 3 settings: barely vibrating, hello I can feel you and whoa! The button is rigid and takes a bit of thumb power to click, but is doable. How often do you change the setting anyways?

The swirled design on the shaft is elegant and beautiful adding to the femininity of this toy. The design is raised significantly, which is great if you like to feel it inside of you. I, personally, loved it. There is also a small nub on the top of the vibrator that makes inserting it easier.

This toy measures out at 7 inches long (5.5 that is insertable) and a diameter of 1.25 making it a great as a first vibrator. There is absolutely no bend or give to this vibrator. It is not ideal as a G-spot stimulator or for use as a life-like toy. See the picture below with the vibrator compared to the size of an average pen.
    • Beginner
    • Partner play

Functions / Performance / Controls

This vibrator has 3 speeds. The lowest setting is so subtle I found is pretty worthless. The medium setting is nice, but I found the high setting to be the most satisfying. It is very intense, but that's exactly what I was looking for. The vibrations are mainly felt on the surface. The setting can be adjusted easily by the push button at the very bottom end. A little bit of thumb exercise, but very easy to use right out of the box.

It requires 2 AA batteries (not included). To install the batteries, simple unscrew the base, insert the batteries and seal it back up. Make sure to get the based completely screwed on, especially when using in water. I'm not sure what the battery life is on this toy yet, but I'll definitely include that in my follow-up review.

I really liked the power behind this toy, but it is extremely loud! I am sure my upstairs neighbors were able to hear it. Even at the lowest setting it makes quite a bit of noise. I had the volume on my computer turned all the way up and the toy definitely drowned out the music. In the shower the sound is much more manageable.

This toy is waterproof and performed perfectly when submersed.
    • Easy to use
    • Not discreet at all
    • Powerful

Care and Maintenance

This toy is very easy to care for. Because the plastic is so rough, I recommend using a lot of lube.

Being that Pretty in Pastel is waterproof, the clean up is super easy. Simply wash her with a little antibacterial soap and warm water, towel her dry and store. I store it in a plastic case with a soft cloth, but I'd like to get a soft individual case for it.
    • Easy to clean


This toy comes packaged in a slender clear plastic box. The box has lots of pictures of the vibrator and information about it unlike other toys i've seen that give little to no detail. I am very impressed with the information included on this package.

The vibrator itself is encased in a plastic casing molded to the shape and fitted perfectly inside the box. Because the box is clear, you will be able to see your new toy immediately. There are no instructions included in the box as they are all printed on the side of the package. No additional accessories included. The package was very easy to open - no scissors required!

Disposing on this box is a challenge as the plastic cannot easily be torn up and there are pictures printed on every surface of the box.

    • Not discreet

Personal comments

Ever since I received my Lelo vibrator, I swore I would never like another vibrator. I was very surprised by the Pretty in Pastel. It is a powerful vibrator with a very easy to use control. I love raised design and you can't beat waterproof!

My only complaint is that it is super noisy!

Additionally, there is no locking feature so I will not be packing this baby in my luggage.


I've only used this toy solo, but I very much enjoyed it. It is easy to hold and provides lots of vibration power. It required more lube than other toys because of the rougher plastic, but otherwise a great toy. I'll definitely add this toy to my favorites!
Follow-up commentary
After using this vibrator for a few weeks, I've become much more fond of the raised details. They feel really nice if you twist very carefully. What I am not liking is the battery life. This baby soaks up energy quickly to the point that I've found that only the highest level of vibration provides any stimulation for me. I am also not fond of the jump in intensity between the highest setting and the one below it. There really should be another intensity in between. It's like night and day.

Complain, complain... I'm still using it, so it's not that bad! It is a great basic vibrator and is a good value for the price. Invest in rechargeable batteries!
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  • Badass
    Lovely review, thank you for sharing. I definitely think I would love this toy. I think the decal on the side is very cute.
  • Geogeo
    So pretty, wishlisting now
  • Stinkytofu10
    Great review, thank you!
  • sexfairy
    Thanks for the great review and pics!
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  • MrWishyWashy
    Great job, thanks for sharing!
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    Thanks for the great review.
  • skeeterlynn
    Thank you!
  • Rory
    Nice review! Thanks!!
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