I've been needing a strapless bra for a while. I've only had a cheap 34D from H&M (pre-ABTF) and a 28F Freya Deco Strapless (post-ABTF) and both of them don't fit. I've been browsing a lot of reviews and have yet to find a narrow and projected strapless bra that's also open on top and has a low and narrow gore. So, I gave up on my search in the Western market and decided to try Qmomo, a Taiwanese brand which makes strapless bras so popular even in other parts of Asia like South Korea and Hong Kong.
A little bit about Taiwanese bras - I believe they are the Polish bras of Asia in terms of fit (not size range). They have snug bands (sometimes run a size smaller) and narrow cups that brings things front and centre. Most of their bras come with cookies too, just like Ewa Michalak. A department store brand price is around USD40-50 something. Their band size typically starts at 30 (not sure about the other end), and I have seen cup sizes up to H (but they run 1-2 sizes small so basically a UK F/FF). This is small compared to UK/Polish bras, but already better than a lot of Asian brands.
So, onto this particular bra. This is the only strapless bra model of Qmomo that does not have extra padding at the bottom. Instead, it comes with 2 cookies on each side - 1 like those from EM to insert at the bottom of the cups, and 1 to insert at the side of the cups, into 2 different pockets on each size. They come in a set with a matching thong or hipster pantie and a free extender. The straps are removable. The cups are seamed and foam lined (like the lined styles from Comexim), and according to the product description they are 3mm thick. There is a beautiful lace overlay. I've purchased the white one but they also have black and beige. The band is snug, with boning on the sides and 4x4 hooks. There are plastic strips along the edges of the band and top of the cups to prevent sliding. I have paid about USD35 for the set, which is very nice in my opinion.
In terms of sizing, my usual size is 28F(UK), so my equivalent EU size is 60G. This bra only starts in 65 band, so the sister size of 60G would be 65F. But I was suggested to size up 1 cup if my usual bras are not padded, so I've ordered a 65G. I have tried on the bra without any cookies. As you can see from the pictures, the cups are too small. The cup depth only measures to 7 inches, although it feels like 8 inches, because I usually need 9 inches of depth and I'm not overflowing that much in this bra. While the wire width is OK, I have spillage in the centre and on the sides. The gore is also floating. This is not totally surprising, because a lot of Asian bras run small in the cups. I will have to return this bra because it's already the largest cup size available. The band runs 1 size smaller, with a 65 band measuring 28 inches stretched.
In terms of fit, it is hard to judge since the cups are too small. I am projected fuller on top and centre, have tall and narrow roots, and extremely close set. My best fitting bras are Panache Jasmine and Comexim 3HC's. I would say this bra has not very deep cups, average cup height, but is more on the narrow side with a slightly low gore.
It is such a disappointment that they don't make one larger cup which I would probably fit into. I've got it from a local stockist, and I will only be refunded in points, not in cash. So if any of you are interested, I can sell this set to you or request an exchange to another size/colorway and sell it to you.
Updated on Mar 22, 2020