Ta-da! This is my first review for SexToy.com, and it’s a condom storage case.
The Just in Case Condom Compact II is designed to look like a powder compact. (There’s a version I that’s a lot shinier and girlier and comes in lots of different colors, but I preferred the sleek, sophisticated black of version II )
There are a lot of other types of condom cases out there (French envelopes, condom cubes…) which you can either carry with you when you’re out and about (you know, if you in into someone you absolutely have to fuck in that restaurant bathroom, or if you go home with someone… it’s good to be prepared!) or set unobtrusively on your nightstand. Portable condom cases don’t just save you the embarrassment of having condoms dicovered by friends who rudely rifle through your bag, they protect the condoms from items you might be carrying with you that have sharp edges, guarding against potential holes, as well as not exposing them to your body heat, like they would be if you stashed them in your wallet/pockets.
As a condom case, the Just in Case compact works fine. It holds two condoms, and easily snaps open and shut. I also very much like how it’s designed – out of glossy plastic with a simple logo. It also comes with two complimentary Lifestyles condoms.
What the Just in Case has that other condom cases might not is an added layer of discretion, since it’s designed to look like a compact. I decided to see how well it held up to one of my younger sister’s actual powder compacts:
Exhibit A! As you can see, the Just in Case compact is pretty much exactly the same size and shape as a regular compact. The manufacturers have even thought about details like sticking a production label on the back in the same spot. There’s even a tiny little hole in the back, just like a regular compact (also check out the reflection of my wonderfully classy Winnie-the-Pooh comforter):
Functionally, I’m not quite sure what purpose the hole serves. It definitely isn’t big enough to allow poking (unless you carry pins with you…).
When you open the compact up, here’s what you see:
There’s even a mirror inside! However, clearly the Just in Case doesn’t have any powder in it, so anyone curious enough to actually open it would be puzzled as to why you were carrying around an empty compact. Granted, making it an actual powder compact would be costly not to mention inconvenient to use, but adding a powder-poof would be a possible improvement.
…And the secret is revealed! If you pull up the “floor”of the compact, there are the condoms. The floor is pretty tamper-proof: when you snap the compact open, it opens to the mirror part, and there’s another catch holding the floor in place, so you need to actually open that compartment to get to it. I.E. if you’re not looking for it, you won’t realize it’s there. Just be careful to close the two lids separately, because if you close them both at the same time, the floor doesn’t snap back into place.
So far, I’ve carried it around with me pretty constantly, and I also use it as a hand mirror when I touch up my hair/lipgloss/eye makeup, and nobody I’ve been with has made a comment about it.
In conclusion, the only things that might give the Just in Case compact away are: the emptiness, and the fact that it feels significantly lighter than a regular compact.
All in all, though, I think it serves its purpose pretty damn well, so it get’s