Luxe Empower - discreet vibrator by Cal Exotics - review by indiechick

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Good things come in small packages

Looking for a toy built for partner play? Look no further than Luxe EMPOWER. This toy packs a fairly decent punch that, while not strong enough for the more advanced users, is a great way to bring toys into the bedroom for the first time with a less experienced partner. The lower settings had me moaning while the buzzier settings had him going like an energizer bunny. It is comfortable to hold when using on another and with all body say materials this toy is a fun addition to my sex life.
Silicone, designated on/off, good variety
Ergonomic only when used on another, Can be buzzy, louder than expected
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


Designed as an external clitoral vibrator, it can be used on any external erogenous zone. I find it an exceptionally wonderful tool for warming up. I love some of my larger toys but sometimes struggle with them feeling painful if I have not warmed up my body. This toy is great for use along the lips of the vagina to introduce the body to the thoughts of play time.

This toy is a great addition for anyone who likes vibrations but needs them in a smaller more economic package for consistent use.

This toy should not be used for anal play as it is shorter than my hand and all about the same size with no flared base and could be a horrible trip to the ER.
  • 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
    • Everyone
    • Solo
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere

Material / Texture

The toy is half silicone and half ABS plastic making it very body safe (though not intended for insertion). There is some minimal texture on the tip of the silicone portion, though I could not feel a difference during use. The silicone does have some drag to it, but that can be remedied with the smallest amount of lubricant. There is a barely visible seam that runs length wise through the silicone portion, however, I can barely feel it with my finger and cannot sense it at all during use.

The silicone portion is slightly squishy and has a little bit of flex at the tip when you apply a lot of pressure, but I would consider it fairly rigid in its shape.

The PU coated plastic has two finishes. The main body of the toy has a velvety matte finish that is enjoyable in the hand and a plastic silver metallic band used to separate plastic and silicone portions of the toy. The plastic is completely rigid.

The toy smells like "new car" I do not know how else to describe it. It is not bad nor is it overwhelming, however if you sniff your toy you will understand what I mean by this.
    • Light odor
    • Not porous at all

Design / Shape / Size

I was actually fighting with a friend over this potentially being a g-spot vibrator as in the photos it has a very distinctive shape to it, with a nearly 90-degree hook. However when the toy arrived it was clear that it was for the clit as it neatly fits in the palm of my hand. It looks a bit like a tilde (~) as it is wavy in the middle and one direction points up with the other points down.

The handle of the toy is very ergonomically designed, however it works better for use on someone else than it does for self pleasure. When you hold it to please another, the whole thing is cradled perfectly by your palm but then your hand is left in an awkward position making it difficult to please yourself. When placed at an angle that I could please myself it was not designed well at all as my hand covered the buttons and the plastic end seemed a bit small for me to hold onto.
    • Ergonomic
    • Partner play

Functions / Performance / Controls

The toy has 2 buttons to operate. 1 is a designated on/off switch while the other is used to cycle through the functions. The controls are backlit with a red light that goes off in conjunctions with the vibration setting. Low is dim high is really bright and the patterns all occur in the light as well as in the vibe.
Some of the settings are deeper and some are very buzzy. The "stronger" the vibration level the less I enjoyed it. The lower settings are not rumbly, but they are enjoyably strong where as the high settings become too buzzy for pleasure (for me). My favorites are Low, Medium, and the 6short 1 long pattern setting.

Vibration settings:
Escalate/ Descalate
buzz buzz buzz buzz mid-length
buzzbuzz Fast and short
6short 1 long

Having a designated on/off button makes this toy super easy to use, however it is unfortunate that is doesn't stay on the function that it is shut off at, nor is there a backwards option, so you have to cycle back through everything.

This is a louder toy than I was expecting from something so small and I attribute much of that to how much this little thing vibrates. The whole thing vibrates tip to tip, which can be a bit of an annoyance when using it.

This toy is water proof and is just the right size to take into the tub with you.
    • Easy to use
    • Multiple settings
    • Not very discreet

Care and Maintenance

100% water proof use soap and water and an old tooth brush as there are some small textures to get into and an old tooth brush does the job.

It is a silicone toy so please only use water based lubricant. You can always do a test patch but really why would you want to risk it?

Because it does not have a locking feature I take out the batteries for storage purposes, however that is not required.

Because it is a silicone toy it will pick up lint and hairs so I store mine in an extra bag I had lying around and keep it away from other silicone toys.
    • Easy to clean
    • Easy to store


Simple Clear Plastic packaging. Gives basic information about the toy on the back in 5 different languages. Though no real instructions which could cause problems as it does look like a mini g-spot vibe when it is designed for external play.

    • Minimal
    • Not discreet

Personal comments

Not really enough for a more advanced user but I think it is a great beginner toy and a great way to start sharing toys in the bedroom.


I used this toy with my boyfriend as a way to introduce him to things that go vroom and ladies and gents I am happy to say he is hooked. He especially loved it on the very sensitive underside of the penis especially around the tip and is very fond of me using it to apply pressure to his perineum. We used it as foreplay before the best sex of our relationship AND as a second and third go round were it was his main source of pleasure (though he always says that having me there does it for him). This was a great way to introduce him to the work of VROOM however it is also why I have no photos as the toy is at his house and I am home.
Follow-up commentary
While I don't LOVE this toy, I do still enjoy it. It's a little buzzy for me, but the men seem to love it. (Multiple relationships), everyone just wishes that it wasn't PINK!
It is great on the perineum on my guy. He loves the sensation on his nipples too. It's a little buzzy for me, but I have higher demands for what is enough in my book. So any toy that keeps him happy while we play together will keep me happy.
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  • indiechick
    The men keep loving it though. So its okay by me. I do wish that CaL ex would put a higher end vibe in some of their toys
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