[Toy Review] Lovehoney Sensual Glass Irridescent Anal Beads

It’s Sex In Full Colour month at Lovehoney in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month. So during June, I’m going to be bringing you a series of reviews of fun, playful products to bring a little additional colour and sparkle to your sex life.

Today’s review is also a first for me, as I’ve never reviewed a set of anal beads before. In fact, I’ve never even tried anal beads before! Read on to find out how I got on when the Lovehoney Sensual Glass Irridescent Anal Beads landed in my review pile.

Dare to Gleam…

The Irridescent Anal Beads from Lovehoney are made of borosilicate glass (the same stuff that Pyrex cookware is made from.) Borosilicate is hard-wearing, body-safe, and easy to clean.

Irridescent Glass Anal Beads from Lovehoney

Measuring a total of 7.5″ in length, this set of beads offers 6″ of insertable length and a convenient loop handle. The toy’s seven beads are very gently graduated in size, getting a little larger as you move from tip to handle, and the whole shaft is slightly curved.

The glass shimmers in different colours as you move it and it catches the light. The pink, yellow-gold, and blue shades are eyecatching and unusual. The product description refers to the design as “oilslick” and yes, it really does look like spilled oil in sunlight. It’s almost impossible to capture the full effect on camera (at least with my level of photography skills) but this toy is so, so beautiful.

Comfort and Experience

So I was a little nervous about trying the Irridescent Anal Beads. Glass toys tend to be intense anyway because they’re so rigid and unyielding, and glass anal toys particularly so. But the rounded tip and smooth glass made them a breeze to insert and super comfortable to use.

Glass Irridescent Anal Beads

The great thing about anal beads is that you can insert them as much or as little as feels good for you. I found that the entire length was a bit too much to be pleasurable, but going to the fourth or fifth bead was perfect. Your mileage may vary, of course.

The loop handle makes these beads ergonomic and easy to use and manipulate, however far you want to insert them.

Whatever you do, remember to use tonnes of lube. Sliquid Sassy is my anal lube of choice but any thick, body-friendly lubricant will work with a glass toy.

Some Fun Ways to Use Anal Beads

As with any sex toy, the only “correct” way to use anal beads is the way that is safe and feels pleasurable to you. The first time you play with them, I suggest just inserting them and seeing how they feel. You can wiggle them around to get some additional stimulation, which I hear is particularly good if you’re someone who has a prostate.

With that said, here are a couple of other fun and creative ways to play with anal beads:

Play with temperature

Run your Irridescent Anal Beads under some warm water or put them in the fridge for a few minutes before you play. Glass retains temperature, so you’ll be able to enjoy a warming or cooling sensation.

Pull them out at the point of orgasm

This is the main reason many people swear by anal beads. If you pull them out just as you reach orgasm, they can intensify the contractions and give you a more powerful or longer-lasting climax. This won’t work for everyone, of course, but give it a go if you’re curious!

Verdict

I’m a convert! These glass anal beads are ideal if you’re experimenting with anal play for the first time and looking for an easy, safe toy. They’re also ideal if you’ve tried silicone or other soft anal beads and are looking for something a little more intense.

The Lovehoney Sensual Glass Irridescent Anal Beads retail for a bargain £32.99. You can a discount on your entire order with the code “coffkink10” at checkout.

Thanks as ever to Lovehoney for sending me this toy to review. All views, as always, are mine.

[Toy Review] Avant Pride P4 Power Play Silicone Butt Plug

Pride month may now be over, but Blush’s Avant Pride line lives on! Besides, it’s never a bad time of year to plaster your favourite pride flag all over everything, including your sex toys. As well as the Power Play plug, they also make the same plug style in genderqueer and genderfluid pride colours, as well as rainbow, trans pride and lesbian pride dildos.

The Power Play butt plug in white blue black and red, lying on an open diaryThe leather pride flag, designed in 1989, was originally primarily used by the gay leather community. In recent years, however, it has come to represent leather culture – and general BDSM community – more widely. The flag features horizontal lines of black, blue and white, and a small red heart in the upper left. The Avant “Power Play” plug‘s colour scheme is based upon this flag. The effect is striking, with a lovely masculine-of-centre aesthetic that is quite different from anything else in my collection.

Specs ‘n’ Stats…

The Power Play plug is quite large in size. With 4.75 inches in total length (4.25″ insertable) and a 1.5″ diameter at the widest point, it’s not a plug for total beginners to anal play. If you’re brand new, I suggest looking at something like the Temptasia silicone crystal plug in a small or the Tantus Little Flirt to start you off. (Look out for my upcoming post on the best toys for anal play novices, too!)

My hand with the Power Play black white blue and red butt plug

Instead of the more traditional round base, the Power Play plug has a wide, t-bar shaped base. It also has a short and wide neck, which is only a little narrower than the biggest part of the plug and wider than the top.

The Power Play plug retails for $30 (about £23). I stand by my previous statement that I can’t believe the value of this whole range. Never believe anyone who tells you that you can’t have safe and quality toys on a budget!

The body-safe goodness you’ve come to expect

You know that if Peepshow are stocking it, it’s going to be a quality and body-safe product! The Power Play plug is silicone, which is non-porous. (Whyyyyyy do companies make any toys, but especially anal toys for fuck’s sake, out of porous materials)!? It’s also non-toxic. As it has no motor, the best way to clean your plug is to toss it in a pan of boiling water for ten minutes or so.

Many people don’t think of this, but butt plugs are actually an ideal shape to be condom-compatible. You don’t need to use a barrier if you’re not sharing the toy or have sterilised it between uses, but if you’re sharing it with a partner you’re going to want to cover it up. Smaller size condoms are best for most butt plugs. As ever, I only recommend water-based lube with silicone toys, and I’m going to take this opportunity to give a little plug to my favourite anal lube of all time – Sliquid Sassy.

In Use

This toy is on the challenging side for me. I’ve taken toys this size and even a little bigger in the past (as well as having done anal sex with an above-average bio cock,) but it takes some working up to take something this size in my ass.

I used it after warming myself up with a clitoral orgasm (thanks to the trusty love of my life for that!) With plenty of lube, it went in reasonably comfortably. The thing I love the most about this toy is the feel of the material. The silicone is really soft, squishy and malleable, which feels wonderful and is super comfortable in use. I don’t think I’ve ever used a body-safe plug as squishy as this one. If super rigid toys turn you off, the Power Play plug could be a really good choice for you.

I really like the shape of the base. If you spin it the right way around so that the t-bar base sits parallel with your butt crack, it’s super comfortable. One of the most challenging things about plug wear, for me, is the chafing of the edges of a round base against my butt cheeks. No such problem with this one.

Unfortunately, there was one big issue with this plug that I couldn’t seem to solve: it won’t stay in! Whatever position I was in, even when it was inside as far as it could possibly go, the moment I removed my hand it just slipped out. I am inclined to attribute this to the shape of the neck, which is too short and too wide to clench around sufficiently to keep the plug in. The beauty of a more traditionally shaped butt plug neck is that your ass takes in the toy and then effectively closes around the plug’s neck, keeping it inside.

Do I recommend it?

Depends what you’re using it for. If you’re looking for a plug for keeping in, unfortunately I cannot recommend this one. I suggest you look for something with a longer and more pronounced neck for this purpose.

However, if you’re looking for a plug to thrust with, or to use as part of a play session where you won’t need to leave it in (building up to a penis or larger dildo, perhaps) then I can heartily recommend this one for its super soft squishy silicone, excellent price, and cute design.

Thank you to Peepshow for sending me the Avant Pride P4 Power Play Plug to review. If you purchase through my affiliate links, I make a small commission. As ever, I promise to only recommend products I stand behind. All views are and will always be my own. Pictures are by me – do not reproduce them without permission.