The X Lux Vixen is the first foray into a ladystoner products line for our friends at X Vape. At first glance, it may seem easy to dismiss a lipstick -shaped and -sized vape as an example of pink marketing. After all, $108 seems like a lot to pay for a vape that is this tiny.
The Vixen is a little over 3" tall and is shaped like a lipstick or mascara. The cap magnets on, with a notch that clicks the lid into place. There's a V-shaped logo that cleverly conceals the power button. When you press the button, it lights, but very discreetly.
The mouthpiece is a dummy lipstick in a shocking red. The "lipstick" magnets onto the atomizer chamber and stays in place snugly. Every aspect of this vape is well designed, with the look, feel, and heft of it evoking a high end cosmetic rather than a vape pen. This vape will definitely fly under the radar if you are trying to conceal it from people who are not on a Need To Know basis.
To change temperature settings, click the logo button three times quickly. The low setting (3.3volt) illuminates green, 3.7volt is blue, and 4.20volt lights red. This corresponds to temperatures of 400F, 500F, and 600F respectively.
The Vixen comes with a two atomizers, including a ceramic one. I used the ceramic for my inaugural run. I figured I would bring this puppy up right, so I bought some Harmony Extracts Sour Tangie wax and loaded her up. I set it on the low temp setting.
It hit instantly and vigorously, producing an impressive and voluptuous vapor cloud. I used this with two gentlemen, and neither had a problem with it, despite it totally looking like they were using lipstick. Passing it around reminded me off being in 8th grade and passing mirrors and lipstick around to test out with my friends. My husband hit it and was very complimentary about the flavor and vapor cloud produced.
I waited a couple of days and tried the quartz coil. I used Blue Dream wax from Honest Marijuana. Once again, the Vixen produced a wonderful cloud, even on the low setting. I haven't yet tried the medium or high heat settings because I really haven't seen a need for them. I'm getting the results I want on a low setting. Why mess with success?
I followed the booklet instructions to get a solid, full charge on the initial charging. Battery life seems pretty good, but I did notice that the battery depleted much more quickly at high altitude (over 10,000'). I've experienced this with cartridge pens and other vapes, so I don't find this to be a true negative. It's just something to be aware of.
Currently, the Vixen comes in two colors: basic black and a really lurid fuchsia, with glossy gold accents for the lipstick tube, atomizer, and power button. Before this product was available for purchase, I got to see and touch a black prototype. I eagerly anticipated the arrival of a promised 'pink' version, even keeping a photo of it posted at work.
I guess I expected the real product to be like the picture: softer, pinker, less vividly fuchsia. At first blush, I was a tad bit disappointed in the color, because it clashes mightily with the garish red-orange of the lipstick. I also didn't like the gold at first, because I prefer less flashy metals for my jewelry.
After using it and seeing the humor in watching a couple of burly guys and two makeupless Colorado ladystoners bringing a Miami coral lipstick to their lips, I embrace it fully. This thing is perfect exactly as it is. I love the screaming pink; it's easy to find in the bottom of my purse. And it's gorgeous!
For a more discreet vaping experience, the black Vixen will hide quite nicely amongst your cosmetics, attracting little attention from nosyparkers or concentrate-pinchers. It really does pass as a lipstick.
In summation, the X Lux Vixen vastly exceeded my wildest expectations. Far from being a poorly engineered, girly version of a vape, this thing rips! It's very portable, gives big, reliable hits, and flies low under the radar of prying eyes.
At the same time, it is blatantly, stereotypically, garishly, cartoonishly ultra-feminine. I don't know if the good people at X Vape were going for the rich irony that delights the cynical souls of Gen Xers and their spiritual children, but this thing is fabulous. Imagine Marilyn Monroe hitting this thing. Now imagine Phyllis Diller. Or Divine.
Everybody (and everything) looks better with a touch of lipstick. ;)
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