For reference I am FOT with pendulous, projected and wide set breasts. I'm also slightly splayed. My favorite bras are the 36J - Panache » Jasmine Balconnet Bra (6951) , 36JJ - Curvy Kate » Gia Balcony Bra (CK2101) , and the 36J - Elomi » Caitlyn Underwire Side Support (8030).
For some reason I've seen little to no information about this bra anywhere. When I was browsing Brastop.com and saw a padded bra in a 36JJ for under $30, I just had to have it. I was a little scared that it wouldn't fit correctly since the Parfait Charlotte ... was a disaster on me, but when I tried this bra on it brought tears to my eyes. In case you've tried the Charlotte, these cups had the same kind of "padding" that's more of a thick lining than a padding, and the inside of the cups show that it's a 3 part cup construction rather than a molded cup.This means that despite being padded, you don't have to sacrifice support. The cups are also deeper and not as wide as the Charlotte, which alleviated all the weird shape problems I had with the Charlotte's super wide and shallow cups.
It's an extremely beautiful bra, and definitely feels more expensive than it was. In case you've never heard of Flirtelle, it's a sister brand to Curvy Kate and I'm pretty sure it's a Brastop exclusive brand. I've heard that the Flirtelle padded bras follow the same basic design as the Curvy Kate Daily Boost (CK1801) . So in case you own and love the Daily Boost, here's a fancier design of it. This bra also comes in an unpadded version, but that version has black cups under the lace rather than the cream color of the padded version.
I used to wear padded bras from Lane Bryant when I was still forcing myself into their 40H bras, and this bra brings me back to the days when I could have my boobs look super round and at my chin. The only difference is that this time my breasts are actually being supported. This is the closest thing I've found to the bras Lane Bryant sells, which were perfect for me.
I have a problem with most bras where the straps are too wide set and feel uncomfortable on my shoulders. I don't have this problem in this bra. The band is super supportive, and the cups are far more structured than the average unpadded balconette. For my breasts specifically, it really helps to have more substantial fabric to hold them up. I wear this bra at work where I do a lot of physical labor, and I've never had problems with back pain due to my breasts being supported incorrectly.
It's a shame that this bra isn't very popular, because I've been having trouble wearing anything else due to how comfortable and sexy I feel when I wear this bra. I'm definitely going to try more padded bras from Flirtelle, because I love this bra so much. For the price and appearance of these bras, I really can't find anything better.
Edit 8/15/2015: I've since grown to about a 36K-KK-L, and although this bra is slightly too small for me, the fact that it's padded helps to hide the little bit of quadboob I get. It's still extremely comfortable, and it's still in my regular rotation. Keep this in mind if you're unsure of what size to get, because this bra is very adaptable to size fluctuations in my opinion. Obviously, the bras I have listed above do not fit me anymore. I've been opting for the Panache Tango in a 36K, this bra, and 2 Cleo bras (Marcie and Meg) that somehow fit me even though they're a 38HH.
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