This is my second Empreinte Melody Contour Demi Cup in 32E. I picked up this NWT gem for a real deal after going on a hunt because I adored the Melody I picked up here from a fellow Bratabaser. Interestingly, this one is fitting differently than the other - it seemed smaller sort of overall. I decided it was more likely due to me (my body and breasts change depending on where I am in my cycle) until I took a look at the measurements side by side. The Caramel colorway IS smaller. Not by a ton, but it's enough to give me ...some quadding I wish I didn't have. The band is considerably smaller and less stretchy, and that is actually something I'm happy about - I'm on the closest set of hooks with my other Melody, whereas on this new one I'm on the farthest set. This experience and discrepant observations aren't steering me away from this style - I still quite like it - I just find it hard to understand how these bras can retail for $100+ USD with anything less than exacting quality control. I will not be paying retail for one of these bras, ever. Still, the projection, shape, support, and firm yet minimal "padding" are everything I want in a bra. Read more 121 more words
This is my 3rd cheaply acquired Empreinte, courtesy of a German lingerie purveyor on eBay. Like my other two, the cups are probably a full cup size too small for me, but the fit is otherwise so dang good I'm willing to write off the quadding as a minor problem. If I lose weight it comes straight out of my breasts so this could be a perfect fit ten pounds down from now. Anyway, this denim color is a pretty deep blue lace - with almost a hint of teal - over black moulded cups. The bra band is comfortably stretchy but does not ride up. The projection is pretty generous so I don't have to adjust my boobs too much throughout the day. I would never buy this bra at full price but I'm happily enjoying these bargain acquisitions. The shape they give me under clothing is very nice - lifted and rounded, and front and center. I enjoy that my upper arms don't run into side boob all day.
This bra is pretty amazing. Nothing has yet matched my immediate projection AND narrow roots AND given me so much beautiful lift and shaping. There are two things about this bra that, for me are not dealbreakers, but are things others should be aware of - 1) The band is STRETCHY. I started the day on the third hook and am now on the first hook. I will happily alter if need be, but knowing this as I now do, I would have sized down to a 30. This is saying a lot, because 32's are typically TIGHT on me. 2) The ...straps will not go any longer - not a problem for me but for anyone else it could be. I mean very literally that the straps are at maximum length, there is no adjustment left. If you have low set breasts or are taller than the average American woman (64" or thereabouts, I'm 65" with a long torso) you could have a frustrating problem. Now that that's out of the way, back to the pros! My breasts completely fill these cups, including when I am sitting. The cup is an E and I usually take an F, so it's on the larger side for an E, meaning perfect for me as I'm a little deflated from yo-yo weight gain/loss over the years. The center gore is fairly high but comfortable on me - my breasts have some separation. The bra is moulded and therefore padded throughout, but not by a lot... it's like an extra thick lining that hides nipples and provides fantastic shaping. My breasts when unsupported are pendulous (see my shape set http://bra.pe/KCho/ for an idea of what I mean) and this bra picks them right up, when the reverse is often true. Even when I am sitting they stay supported - there is none of that annoying sinking feeling and breast-to-torso contact I so dislike. The lace overlay is really pretty, and gives this otherwise t-shirt bra a nice feminine touch. Under the slinkiest material I own the pattern does not show through. I don't know that I'd ever pay the ridiculous American retail price for this bra ($179, um no....) but I'd buy it again for the price I've paid for other mid-range bras. Read more 292 more words
Very short, slightly narrow, projected, close set, center full, even breasts....
This is the most immediately projected, molded bra I have ever seen. Like Empreinte unlined bras, even the molded bras are exceptionally projected and narrow. Interestingly, the cup fabric is thin and stiff rather than soft foam. This won't add bulk, and it has the ability to round and center projected, narrow breasts phenomenally well. The lace covered cups disappear under thin knits.
The cups are so narrow that I can't fit into the bottom. But, the projection in this cup designs allows plenty of volume. The gore, like every other gore, is too wide for my close-set breasts. However, the width is admirably narrow down the entire length of the gore.
Although I prefer 28" bands, Empreinte elastics are very supportive in a 32" band. The straps are half-padded and comfortable.
I hope someday to find an Empreinte for me. Until then, here is another for someone else
This is a very expensive high quality bra. It is a gorgeous pastel pink with a beige-ish lace overlay. I want to love this bra given how much I paid for it but the underwires at the centre gore dig into my sternum making it extremely painful not just uncomfortable. I've tried bending it in several different ways to no avail. The only thing I can do is put a boost pad underneath which of course changes the size and I have to put it on the tightest hook.
When I first purchased this bra, it fit wonderfully. Several months later I find that I constantly escape out the bottom so I must wear it on the smallest hook. Depending how I adjust my bosom, I sometimes get the quad boob effect. Pros: smooth line under clothes, works for lower cut neck lines Cons: the band no longer fits (not sure if I lost weight or it stretched out), gives a rounded shape (I like a more natural shape).
Cup-wise this bra probably fits me better than the Prima Donna bras that I like better. This bra has nice wide and slightly padded straps, 1 5/8 inches at the widest, and in the back the straps are 1 inch. The center gore almost sits on my sternum. I don't poof over the top of the cups at the end of the day as I do in other bras.
It's a lace bra, but it works well under a t-shirt as it isn't a stretch lace, and the lace is oddly smooth under clothing. The "rose" area of the lace is a great "mark" to put the nipples...
Something about this bra is uncomfortable for me though, I think it is how the wire sits on my rib. I wore it when I was sick and laying about all day, and it created a raw spot on my skin over my rib. I have this bra on for half an hour and I want to take it off.