Today I have a rather different review for you all. You may remember how last month I told you all about the new luxury dating app, Luxy. The main reason I agreed to partner with them was because my nickname amongst close friends is Luxy (my surname is Lux), and found it hilarious that a dating app should share my name...but the second reason was because I was so intrigued about how it would work. So after a month of using it in London, Geneva, and New York, I finally feel as though I have a good understanding of the way it works.
The first thing I noticed when using it was that all the men on it are so polite. Ladies, you will not get any unsolicited d*** pics here, no 'I think you're fit let's go on a date' messages, and no men posing with a drugged up tiger while on a gap year in Thailand. It was a refreshing change after the short time I spent on Tinder last year, which I joined after I felt like I was missing out on sharing hilarious stories with the girls in our various whatsapp groups.
After filling out my Luxy profile with a mysterious 'non-disclosure' on income and 'Media Entrepreneur' job title (it asks the sort of questions you would include on an old MySpace profile, just in a more sophisticated and mature way), I set about swiping.
After swiping left on a few much older men, I realized one major issue with the app...there was no way to set an age limit. Whereas with the likes of Tinder I could set the age between 25-35, on Luxy you're stuck using up precious left swipes (you only get a certain amount of swipes per day) on men in their fifties that you would never even consider. It made me feel a little uncomfortable if I'm honest, I wasn't keen on random men older than my own father being able to look at my profile, and send me a message if they had the paid Luxy Black option.
However, the men more my age that I did swipe right on (ladies, there are some very good looking men on this app), came up with an instant match - every single one. Which made me worry that they were all doing that thing guys do when they swipe right on every single woman and hope a fraction of them swipe right on them also. But, all of them were super polite. A little too polite for my liking...I mean come on, keep it interesting please.
The only ones I doubt would have been so polite are the ones I swiped left on - the ones who listed themselves as 'handsome' 'sexy' 'hot' etc when they clearly were not... #cringe
There's also a thing called 'Luxy Roses', and during the summer, they had the 'Aloha Flower', which you can send to someone you like the look of. My favourite feature though was 'Moments', it was basically the Rich Kids of Instagram feed but within the app. I'm a super nosy person so I loved seeing photos from the parties people were at, the holidays they were on, and the flash cars they were driving (I'm a bit of a supercar lover...). It was a little like having a social app within a dating app.
You can also be sure that the men are who they say they are, because when they have been photo-verified and income-verified (by them submitting their tax details to Luxy), they get a little gold 'verified' badge. And don't worry gents, the same goes for the women too ;) You can see an example below of a guy I matched with in Geneva who was income-verified as having £1million+ in net assets.
So did my experience of the app differ depending on the city I was in? Not massively, but a little. In London there was definitely a much larger amount of fast cars and Europeans visiting the city for the summer. In Geneva I didn't use it too much as I was super busy, but there were heaps of French people using it and definitely a lot more 'verified income' users. And in NYC, they love the Moments feature out there, which was great for nosy ole me! Also there were a fair few preppy Americans on it so if that's your thing download Luxy and get on a plane to NYC haha.
And would I recommend it over Tinder? It's definitely interesting and of a much higher calibre, it was refreshing to not have to pretend I know about gap years and hostels and budgeting and eating 2-minute noodles, and it was also refreshing to chat to someone who knows exactly what you're talking about. But a lot of the guys came across as quite boring and reserved, and just a little too polite for me, and despite the promise of each user being let in based on looks, there were a fair amount of very unattractive old men on there with beer bellies. But don't get me wrong, there were also a lot of incredibly attractive men on there, so I guess it all balances out. I feel like I need an app inbetween the two...or ya know, just meeting a person in real life.
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*I've partnered with Luxy to bring you this post, but as always my review is 100% honest