The "cushion comfort" part of this bra is an airy foam around the underwire and bottom of the cup. I liked it because it felt like my breasts were supported by a cloud, and the extra padding gave some push-up. However, that foam compressed and wore out within a couple of weeks, turning this bra into a regular old molded balconette with a little extra thickness at the bottom.
Part of the quick wear was the quality of the bra (the band stretched out a LOT in just a couple of weeks), how incompatible it was for my shape (the underwires were too narrow), and how small it was for me (two cupsizes too small).
This bra was measured after several months of regular use and machine washing.
Everyone is right that the band sizes run small. I usually need a 34 band -- and a 36 when the band is very firm. But the H cup starts at a 38 band in this model, so what can you do? At first, the band was quite snug, but it stretched out a lot within a couple of weeks. I didn't expect great quality from this brand, though, so I wasn't surprised. I've worn this bra about 12 times, and I'm already using the second column of hooks.
It's true that it feels like your breasts are encased in a cloud when you first put on this bra. ...At least at first, it was the only bra I've found in a long time in which the straps didn't dig in painfully. It's shockingly comfortable at first, but that doesn't last very long. Still, I got this bra marked down for just $12.50. Even though the quality is not great, I don't regret spending $12.50 on it.
I have narrow shoulders and a wide root. I'm also bottom heavy and uneven by about a cup size. Unlike most with wide roots (at least so I've read), my breasts are not shallow. As a result, I usually have to choose between bras that have enough depth and bras that comfortably contain all of my side breast tissue. I've never found one gets this balance exactly right -- AND that has straps narrow enough not to fall down. This one is no exception. I do have underwire against my breast tissue on the left side, but it doesn't hurt the way most bras do thanks to all the cushioning. I also have quite a bit of gaping on the right side and some empty space at the bottom. I never have empty space there -- this bra is for breasts that have a lot of depth. Still, I couldn't go smaller because that would make the pain worse on the left side. The straps are...extremely wide set in this bra. I need a racerback strap to keep them from falling off.
In spite of the bad fit, this bra makes my breasts look fairly even, and the gaping doesn't show under t-shirts. Even though it wears out quickly, it's still one of my more comfortable bras. I have problems with straps digging in most of the time, and the straps on this bra are padded.
It's also kind of a maximizer, and I feel slightly awkward whenever I go anywhere wearing it because it makes my boobs look quite a bit larger than they are.
I love this bra and have two balconette bras by Cacique. However, most bras are ill fitting as my left breast is noticeably larger than my right one, so... my left boob fills out the left cup, and sometimes I have the crease or bulge, so I have to tuck and fold under the wire or back on the side to get rid of that. On the right boob I ALWAYS have gap like where my boob "folds" up between the top of it and my armpit. :/ My mother always makes fun of me like I'm rolling my boob up in my bra, but that's just how it sits and what it looks like in ANY bra that fits well otherwise. *sigh* So, if you are more even than me, and somewhat deflated 10 years after nursing your babies, this bra might work for you.
EDIT: Shoulder straps are always slipping off my very sloped shoulders. Underwire does not poke me at all, though.
Probably my favorite bras. Unfortunately, they wear out and the band stretches out really fast. A bra only lasts me 2-3 months with regular wear. Since they are the most comfortable, I continue to buy them despite the poor quality. I like the mesh band, but once it stretches out, it rolls up into one tight little strip that digs in. It also makes my boobs look pretty great. It has minimal padding, but a nice shaped, molded cup and a cushioned underwire.
Just got it and tried it on, and oh my goodness it feels amazing. I was sure the cup was going to be too big - r/ABraThatFits suggested I would fit a 38 F/G and this is an H, but it fits well. I love the padding, and it's really comfortable. I noticed as soon as I put it on my posture was better too! We'll see how it wears, but first impressions are fantastic! Not the prettiest bra in the world, but I don't care!
Second impressions after having it for a couple days: this bra is awful. The bottom of the cups wrinkle and the fabric comes up too high under my arms. I ended up being really sore after wearing this for 5 hours. Right size, awful fit.
Pros: pretty color, and the straps are divine. Cons: band is way too loose. I ordered it in a smaller size, just to see, and it was still very loose (i.e. slides up anytime you move/breathe). Odd fabric; makes it hard to scoop and swoop; too satiny for my tastes. Stretched out in a matter of weeks.
I've owned this bra in a couple of sizes and, even though the sizes were all too small for me even when I was wearing them regularly, they were pretty comfy! The underwires are padded quite a bit which makes it feel like your boobs are sitting on clouds.
I don't know really what breast shape this bra best suits, but I don't imagine that it would work all that well for someone who lacked upper fullness.