Valea Brilliant came to me from Bulgaria.
I have a 29 inch underbust with almost no squish, and find in EM bras I can be either a 65 of 70 band (if EM bras fit me at all. I'm not willing to special order a 65H to find out if there is any reality in which my boob shape is compatible with them). In comexim, I can fit a 65, but seem to prefer a 70. The same is true for Gorsenia, 65 fits, 70 is more comfortable. Kris Line - 65 or 70 depending on the model.
I decided to go with a 70I for this attempt, since ... altering down the band is not the end of the world. I often have to narrow gores, so I thought 70 would be safer than 65 in case that ended up being the case here.
This bra is nearly identical to Kris Line's Brilliant in terms of shape and construction, so I'm thinking a knockoff, but you know what? The Valeia is prettier, and it feels better against my skin. (The last three pics are comparisons of Kris Line Brilliant in 65GG and Valea Brilliant in 70I. You can see the Kris Line's 65 band is a bit longer, but the Valea's has more give. What this says, well, I can't be sure. I've bought Kris Line's brilliant twice, both times in a 65 band, and the two bands were two completely different lengths, so I can't really do an adequate size comparison there. But, I think given how stretchy the Valea is, a lot of ladies would probably prefer to size down a band.
Cup shape and sizing is pretty much identical. Both have a 6 inch wire width, but the wires are very sturdy in both cases, so even though I'm constantly on the hunt for 5 inch wires, these actually feel narrower than most 5.5 inch wires I've worn and at least during try on, the width didn't bother me. How it'll fare for all day wear, I'm not sure ye, but the wires don't warp or wiggle like a lot of the UK bras I've tried. I don't know if they'd be bendable.
The Valea is a warmer, creamier beige, closer to my skin tone. The Kris Line is 'coffee', it has a hint of a cool rose shade to the beige. The Valea is more of a honey beige so looks much more neutral on my warm skin tone. Okay, I'm still casper colored, but my undertones lean toward the pink/yellow end of the spectrum, so on me, the Kris Line just looks brown, but the valea looks more like a traditional nude. Someone with a cool skin tone would probably find the opposite to be true.
I like the Valea's material better: it's softer, almost silky to the touch, with a subtle sheen. The Kris Line Brilliant is just, you know, meh. On the other hand, Kris Line's Brilliant goes up to, I believe, an N cup (or something like that), where Valea's Brilliant stops at I. If you're in the size range though, the price difference between the two is significant enough to opt for the Valea (which lands at around $35 USD, where Kris Line, even on Zulily and Brastop, is often more costly.)
In terms of construction though - identical. I have the same issue with the valea as I do with kris line - the elastic seam up top is too tight. I'll have to remove it to open it up for my full all over breasts. It's a minor alteration, so no big deal, but because of that I'm not sure if I wouldn't be better off to size down a cup. I'm not sure if opening up the top of the cup will cause gaping or not, so having only tried it on for a minute or two to write this up, I'm debating on whether to alter it or sell it and buy a 65I instead. I think if I buy a Valea bra again I would definitely want the smaller band, but I'm still mentally analyzing how the alterations I'll need to do will affect fit.
Shape is basically the same, too. I'd call it a "natural" shape. On me it's not completely round but the pointy quality is soft and attractive.
Updated on Sep 06, 2014 Flag this
I got the sizing wrong, having only ever tried the comexim basic before, but I'm happy with it all the same.
On my 29 inch underbust, the 65 band fastens, but I find it more comfortable with an extender, so will buy a 70 next time. Much more open up top than the basic, so in spite of the low gore, I don't seem to be spilling out of it, even though I'm center heavy.
I would prefer the gore were a little more narrow at the base, but that's a very common complaint for me and I think I technically can wear this bra ... without altering the gore.
I get a little gaping up top, which makes me think I might do better in 70HH than 70J the next time I order, but I'm not completely positive yet.
The wires are perfect, the depth at the bottom of the cup is very comfortable. The whole structure feels very stable and I think will be a really good bra for me in the right size. 65K is not that size, even though that's the size I would have needed in the Comexim Basic if my breasts weren't too tall for it (the top of the bra curved in a way that cut into tissue even in the proper size on the basic).
Will definitely keep the comexim full cups on my list.
Updated on Aug 19, 2014 Flag this
Chose my size based on Samanta's size chart, and that ended up being not quite right for me. I'm between bands at the moment, and wearing 75s in Comexim, but favoring 70s in Kris Line, so when the calculator spit out 75J, I thought that seemed pretty reasonably close, and it's been a while since I've had the opportunity to try a Samanta, so it seemed safest to just go with it. I will definitely want to try a 70K the next time I have the chance. The band is easy to fasten on the tightest hooks, and I could likely go tighter. I am saying that ... as someone with bony ribs who tends to prefer a slightly looser band. This is very stretchy compared to other Polish brands I've tried, and that was my experience a while ago when I tried the Hana in the A122 cut as well, so it seems like those of us who generally size up one for Polish bras don't need to for Samanta.
As is common with Polish bras, the full coverage style fits me a bit more like a balconette. I find the cup a little on the shallow side for my extremely projected breasts, but that may well be because it's a sister size off. I'm not sure if I would still think it's shallow in the proper size.
All in all, it's a nice basic black,and perfectly wearable, though the band is going to need to be shortened without much delay. Wish Samanta would make some pretty bras in the larger sizes. It seems my choices are basically black, beige, or white. It's not an unattractive bra, but it's also nothing particularly exciting.
Updated on Jun 13, 2015 Flag this
I took a chance on this bra and it really surprised me. I won't say it's perfect - it's certainly not, but very wearable, and I think a good enough deal for the $30 I spent on it.
My shape: Full on bottom and in the middle, projected, soft tissue, narrow root, loss of volume, a little close set, with a curved breastbone which causes splayed breasts and a somewhat projected sternum . I teeter between a 30H and 30GG (28HH-ish in Freya and stretchy bands). Bras always sit a little lower than they should on me, partially because of the projection, mostly because the curvature of my ... chest means my underbust sits on an angle, leaving a bit of sliding inevitable.
The band: FIRM. It strikes me as similar to the Fantasie bras I've tried in terms of firmness, and may actually be even a little firmer. I'm between a 28 and 30 back (I measure around 29 inches), and the 65 band feels pretty good out of the box, but probably fits closer to a 28 band than a 30. If you're between sizes, you definitely want a larger band.
The Cups: Definitely more suitable for FOB than FOT. The top of the cup is fairly tight. The bottom I wish was a little more projected, but is still wearable the way it is. This is definitely a fuller cup, and the cup shape reminds me a bit of fantasie's three part balcony bras - it's a lot of bra, but still pretty comfortable overall. It was fine in the front with a tank top for me, but a bit higher on the side - definitely will show under a sleeveless shirt. The cups cut in very slightly along the top of my bust, but not enough to be visible when clothed, and this is a common problem for me with full cups in general.
The shape they give is pointy. It's not necessarily horrible pointy, but it's definitely noticeably pointy in profile. Not my favorite look at all - I prefer a nice round profile, but I've seen worse.
The Wires: slightly narrower than my Cleo Lucy - so the width suits me fairly well. They come up pretty high in the center, but not so high that I'd worry about them showing through anything but a particularly low cut top. This is not a cleavage bra by any stretch of the imagination, though. The center gore comes up pretty high, and the wires are pretty high under the arms, too. I'm only 5'4 though, and I don't find them so high that I'm getting poked, or anything - just high enough that it's probably not the bra to go sleeveless with.
The Straps: The straps are positioned well, and fully adjustable, but since the wires - and as a result, the cups - come up so high, the side of the cup does dig a bit into my armpit. This is a typical complaint with full cup bras for me, so if full cups don't usually bother you, this one probably won't either.
Sizing: tight in the band, big in the cup - according to the listing, a 65K is the equivalent of (US 30J/UK30GG). I'm between a UK GG and H, and an H would definitely have been too big, so if you're between band sizes, you'll want the larger, between cup sizes, you'll want the smaller unless you're particularly FOT. Sister sizing is probably the way to go, but I think it fits pretty similar to Fantasie (the few times I've tried the brand - I'm more of a Cleo girl), so if you wear a lot of Fantasie full cups, your Fantasie size might be just about right.
The looks: This is where Gorsenia shines over UK full cups, I think. This bra has style. It's just pretty - the floral detailing, that dash of color in the flowers and along the lace upper section, the flower embroidery trailing down onto the gore- it's a very simple, but elegant looking bra.
My final verdict: It's a pretty decent bra for the price. I like the firm band, and the look of the bra. The wires are long, but comfortable and supportive. There's definitely attention given to the finer aspects of design, so even if the cut is a bit matronly, you don't feel like you're wearing your grandmother's bra. The straps are fully adjustable, and comfortable.
On the down side, there's a lot of cup, and I wish it was a little looser on the top. If you're buying this bra because Polish bras are supposed to have narrow wires, you'll be disappointed, they're only marginally smaller than the Cleo Lucy. A true FOB would probably do very well in this bra, but my middle fullness means I'm probably going to be tweaking the gore a bit and give myself a bit more room in the center of the bra. The gore, however, is not impossibly wide, just a little wider than I'm strictly happy with.
It's pretty supportive - even with the straps quite loose my boobs stay pretty much in the same place, which is rare.
If you have the right shape for it, it's not the best bra you can buy, but it's a good option in a lower price range. But, it is not a bra that's going to be forgiving to every shape.
The pointy profile kind of kills it, but I wonder if this is perhaps just an FOB trait - a lot of bras give me this look.
After a full day of about 11 hours, the bra was still comfortable.
Updated on Mar 23, 2014 Flag this
FOB/Projected/Narrow Root/Close Set/Center Heavy. Bra fits me VERY well. Best fit yet, anyway. I think I may be in love. Wires are still wider than they should be for me, but probably about average width.
Band: not the typical firm fantasie band. That's a bit of a disappointment, because I love a firm band, but it's not as stretchy as a freya band, either. It's sort of a happy medium. I feel cozy, but also secure. I don't think I really need a smaller band, I'm just accustomed to a very firm band, and this is different. Nice, but different.
Gore: ... Feels nice and narrow. I actually don't think I have to alter this one.
Straps: Fully adjustable. THANK YOU! And, comfortable.
Cups: Nice smooth material with lace upper. 3 Part cup resembling Freya balconettes, but with a slightly different shape overall. Cups give a pointed shape, but a good pointed shape - it's a natural point, the point that your boobs are supposed to have, not that weird wtf pointy that a lot of bras give, and not artificially rounded, either. I do love a round shape in a bra, but I think this shape conforms more to the actual shape of my breasts, which is probably why the fit is so much better.
Style: Gorgeous. This is a really, really beautiful bra. Black and gray, delicate lace. It's grown up and gorgeous. This is the first bra I've owned that I thought 'I would love to have the matching set. ...but I'm still not willing to pay $20 for a pair of briefs, so I guess that's not going to happen. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
- This bra's measurements have been altered
Updated on Jun 14, 2014 Flag this
Runs small in the band. I pretty much always wear 30 bands, but sometimes size down to a 28 in stretchier brands. In my next Lepel order, I will probably sister size to a 32 depending on how quickly the band stretches. At the moment, I can't fasten it without an extender, but I just barely can't fasten it.
The straps are VERY stretchy, so at first wear they are adjusted nearly as small as they can go. With extended wear I will probably have to shorten them.
The wires are tall and narrow - which I love. They suit my narrow breasts perfectly. They come up ... high under the arms, and actually encase my breast tissue with no empty cup on the sides, which almost never happens.
Due to my center heaviness, the seam on the top of the cup cuts into my boobs a bit, but this is a common problem for me. I will have to wear it for a full day to see how significant this issue becomes, but most likely will alter the top of the bra to give myself a little more room in the center.
The overall construction of the bra IS really nice though. It's stretch lace, so while it appears to be quite shallow out of the box, it accommodates very well. I feel like this may be similar to Panache Andorra, but with a bit more room at the bottom of the cup, because Andorra gave me pancake boobs, and this bra gives a much more natural shape.
I'll have to wear this one a bit to see how it plays out after a full day of wear, but right now my impression is this one will be filed under "comfy bra" - this is one of those bras I can see throwing on for a lazy saturday afternoon on the couch. It's very cozy, but still has some nice style.
I actually selected the pale blue color because it was the most inexpensive, but it's a lot prettier than I expected it to be. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Updated on May 10, 2014 Flag this
I'm currently floating around a 32GG, but after trying the Le Mystere bustier in 34G, I knew that this brand ran pretty snug, so decided it was probably safe to try the soiree strapless in a 34 as well. It feels pretty perfect in the band on my 31 inch underbust, so this is one you can definitely size up in.
It's got pretty excellent lower depth, which is almost unheard of in a moulded bra or a strapless, but the upper cup is very closed off.
This could potentially be an excellent strapless for a FoB lady or someone with a short root, but is definitely not at all suitable to upper fullness, so I'm going to be returning this one.
Updated on Nov 20, 2014 Flag this
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