I got this bra cheaply with the intention of altering it. The cups fit, the band is too big and rides up. I will review the bra after I altered the band because now as it is, it is unwearable.
edit: 03/03/15 I finally altered this bra. I decided to not just shorten the band but also make it a 4 hook - closure bra! I bought some cheap 4-hook bra extenders on Ebay. For my alternation I needed 2. I removed hooks on the inner side on one so they match then I sewed one on every side of the band. Before I had removed the old fastener. It ...worked very well and it's really super easy to do. I only needed like 15 mins to do this. Now I have a very well fitting, 34KK Bravissimo bra with a 4-hook closure! Yay I had to test it immediately and it works quite well. I even think it's a bit more supportive than the usual bra with the 3-hook closure... I really do like this bra now! I wish bravissimo would do more of their best-selling Balconette bras up to a L-cup.
Update September 2015: I don't wear the bra anymore. Since I did not cut off any material of the band, it did not get much shorter from my alternation I described above. So the band still was too big for me. I thought about shortening the band, but it would have left almost no stretch it did it which made the bra uncomfortable so I have undone a band alternation. The bra is like a Bravissimo 36 band or a small 38, which is too big for me. (Band of Bravissimo bras run small anyway) Read more 181 more words
This bra has very soft, silky fabric in the bottom half of the cup, and then non-stretch lace in the upper part. The band is firm; even though it is clearly labeled a 36GG, I had to pull very hard to get it to stretch 35 inches. The firmness and band width give it a very supportive feel though, so I like that. I have an even shape with average height roots, and the top of the cup almost cuts in on my larger breast, but not enough to notice. People who have full on bottom breasts would get along well with this bra. This bra definitely brings ...the breasts front and center, and gives a more natural look as opposed to a rounded look. I am high set and have troubles with bra wires being too long and poking me in the armpit, but this bra doesn't do that. The wires are firm enough to be supportive. I am someone who needs immediate depth at the wire, and this bra has that. I got this in the caramel color and look forward to wearing it under my light tops this summer. This is a great bra! Read more 89 more words
This bra has a very "front and center" feel to it, and I like that it pulls my breasts away from my armpits. I am high-set, and this bra does not dig into my armpits at all. It feels verry supportive, and seems to have the immediate depth my projected breasts need. The band feels snug, but does creep up a bit throughout the day. (I think this is due to me needing a smaller band rather than an extra stretchy band on the bra.) This bra gives a more natural, somewhat pointed, projected shape. I have the beige color, and find that I can use it as a t-shirt bra, although I think the lace could show through some sheer t-shirts.
Was fitted into this bra by bravissimo covent garden in february 2014 so measurements may be off as the bra has stretched a little. Overall it's a nice bra but i feel like the quality is oke but not the best, the straps have started to curl and the band has stretched.
This looks and feels quite similar to the Freyabombshell balcony plunge - similar shape, fabric, colours. The main difference is that Candy Bliss has a stretch-lace upper cup, and a higher central gore. The Freya comes up bigger - I needed @30F in Freya compared to 30FF in @Bravissimo. I'm comparing both together as I splurged on both of them on the same day.
I found the band on Candy Bliss feels slightly tighter, but it could be because it feels like it has less stretch. The shape, although fairly front-projecting, feels like it gives a slightly narrower ...profile than the Bombshell and is quite slimming. Under a thin top the outline of the seam between the lace upper cup and the lower cup can be seen. A large proportion of the cup is see-through lace, so beware if wearing a light, see-through top on a chilly day as one's nips can be observed.
The straps are quite stretchy, but firm and fairly wide. They are quite soft on the underside and a pale peachy colour. They feel a little wide-set, as if I want to pull them up my shoulders a bit, but they don't slip down at all.
Now that I've had a chance to road-test both bras, my conclusion was that the Freya Bombshell was comfortable from the moment I tried it until the end of the day. Unfortunately with the Bravissimo Candy Bliss I found it started to get irritating after a couple of hours, with the gore digging into my sternum and the stretchy bits feeling just a bit too stretchy! As it just couldn't compare to the overall comfort of the Freya I decided to return it. It's a beautiful looking bra, though, so I'm sure it would be more forgiving on somebody with a higher wire tolerance than me. If I hadn't bought the Freya at the same time I probably would have kept the Bravissimo offering. Read more 224 more words