The Fun Factory Bootie is a highly acclaimed butt plug that has been on the market for a few years now. It’s got a fair few reviews around out there, but Lovehoney were kind enough to ask my opinion too. It comes in a small cardboard packet with a clear plastic window on the front and a sophisticated image of the toy itself on the back. Inside the packet is the Bootie in a clear tray as well as a couple of information and product leaflets and a sachet of Fun Factory’s own lube.
The Bootie is made of high-grade silicone, which means it’s body-safe, hypoallergenic and sterilisable. It’s also fantastically easy to clean. The silicone is a lovely velvety-soft texture with very little drag on the skin and that only attracts a moderate amount of lint and dust. It is a lovely colour of purple and well-made, however there is a slight seam around the toy. You’re incredibly unlikely to feel this during use as it is soft and subtle, but it does slightly mar the quality of the plug.
The silicone is also interestingly versatile even within the toy: it ranges from very flexible and squishy where it is thinner (for example, the base) to firmer where it is thicker (as it reaches the head). This is wonderful as it means that the toy is flexible enough that the base never feels obtrusive but firm enough that it is not at all difficult to get the toy inside you.
In fact, the base is probably my favourite thing about this butt plug. This is only my second butt plug ever and the first one did not, ahem, sit well with me. It was uncomfortable and had a rubbery circular base, which was just obvious and annoying when I tried to sit down or walk around or really do anything. The Bootie, however, is wonderful. The base is long, meaning you don’t have to worry about accidental disappearing acts, and thin, meaning it sits comfortably between even my rather large arse cheeks. When you walk around with the Bootie in, the Bootie stays still and in place and doesn’t encumber you.
And in use? Well, it’s a small plug, only three inches long with the widest point being one inch in diameter, but as an anal novice, that’s pretty much what I need. It inserts very easily, given it has a fairly blunt tip, and actually seems to draw itself into place within my arse, which is great. But I don’t know that I like it.
OK, that’s not quite right. I like it, I’m just not sure it likes me. I’ve tried it a few times now, obviously, in various ways, and it always just ends up being uncomfortable. We tried it during sex and found that even though the base is long, it didn’t get in the way of anything. OK, so the Bootie turned itself 90 degrees inside me at every given opportunity, but it stayed inside me even when I thought it wouldn’t. After sex, though? I started getting uncomfy and had to take it out.
I used it during masturbation. I warmed myself up nicely with vibrations on my ass and mild fingering, just in case. I popped Bootie in and pressed my massage wand against the base. It felt fantastic. The vibrations travelled through the silicone like a dream and I learned I really like anal vibration. I came over and over and it stayed just where it was supposed to be, despite my muscles trying otherwise. But after that, after maybe five minutes of sitting around on my computer chair, it got uncomfortable and had to come out.
The same thing happens when I just try to wear it around the house or what have you. It feels a bit more comfy with the head pointed towards my back than my front, but after not too long I just need to take it out. I don’t really know why. It feels fantastic during masturbation with some added vibration and I can certainly recommend it for that, no question, but it just doesn’t like (to borrow a phrase from my American reviewer colleagues) “hanging out in my butt”.
I really want to like this butt plug and I genuinely do like using it during masturbation, but I can’t seem to get on with it for wearing, despite the base being perfect for just that. But, Bootie, thing is, it’s not you. It’s me. This toy has worked perfectly for hundreds of other people and has mostly got rave reviews. The quality, aside from the teensy seam, is clearly great, so it must just not be right for me. My best guess is that it’s the fact that the head curves and that perhaps I’d prefer a straight up and down butt plug.
In any case, the Fun Factory Bootie is a great quality butt plug that is safe, sexy, silicone and has a fantastically comfortable base. You might be like me and find it uncomfy or you might be like the majority of users and think it’s the bee’s knees. Get out there, read a few more reviews of it and see what you think. And if you like it, head over to Lovehoney to pick it up for an incredibly reasonable price. ♦
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