I'm finally ready to review this one. I have been wearing it for about a month now and have finally made up what I think of it. What you need to know before reading this is that I prefer unpadded bras and my wardrobe does not require plunges because with full on top, close set and high in chest boobs I get cleavage in everything.
The cups - in 30 K the cups are made from 4 parts. I found the pl shape suits me better than the chp for this reason - the top horisontal pannel adjust better to my full on top boobs and because of it I ...feel more secure and contained, than in open on top halfcuppy chp. They are cotton lined and feel great against the skin, and outter fabric is great to touch/grope. The padding is light, almost spacerfoam like, which is my favorite material ever. The diamond pattern does not show through shirts, the seams however do, but not too bad.
The band - even though it's very stable and firm, the edging on the band iritated me until I bled. It curled up under wires causing a hideous rash. Finally I had to sew up the band on the cups so it curls to the outside (a fix I learned from Bras I hate review of the Tease me). It probably was too tight from the start, but after two weeks of wear and that alteration it is now comfortable. I do wish the side wings came higher.
The straps - Oh I hate them so! They are not as bad as the Boudoir Beau straps, but they take a firm second place in my most hated strap list. How could they be so wide and promising and then curl up in such a torture device? Sure, my high on chest boobs require shortening of the straps to the maximum more often than not. But if you make a fully adjustable strap, they shouldn't start to deform when adjusted 2/3 of the way because they can't handle the strain. They are not only set too far apart for me, so they painfully dig in my arms at the side, they are also positioned in the weirdest of places at the back so they iritate and restrain my shoulderblades while I move around. I have decided to replace them with freya antoinette straps that would be positioned more to the center. I will do so in a couple of months as I can't bring myself to chop up a fairly new bra.
The gore - this is the firs time I kept a plunge and now I'm sure I perfer higher gores. They make me feelmore stable and secure, but the main reason is I do not like boobs touching in the middle. As for this one, as low as it is, it's stll too wide for my boobs because they are close set not only at the top, but at the bottom as well. This could be fixed by taking in the gore, but that would mean taking offthose cute buttons tgat turned a dull nude bra into something worth observing. So this alteration will be done when the bra gets older and the band looser. I also had to bend the gore inward to make it lay flat, and it did only after I lost a few pounds and some boob weight - the bra was too small to begin with.
The wires - superbendy, easy to adjust to your ribcage and they stay put whole day long. Not pokey under arm either.
The shape - this is the reason I tolerate this bra and ignore all of the issues. The greean shape - very lifted, very centered. To paint a picture, my boyfriend got so used to my boobs in this bra, he was horified after seing me in the andorra and asked me why are my boobs so low! ( and andorra is a heavy lifter, make no mistake!) It does project more than my cleos and panaches from the profile, and it adds 2 cm to my overbust measurement in comparison. I don't feel like it ads too much bulk because of the padding though - I was afraid it would be much worse, not being used to padding at all. The profile is also pretty round, but still very "out there" and natural looking. Still prefer cleo profile though.
The look - i love it, that's why I bought it. It shows that nude doesn't have to be boring if you add thoughtful ande tasteful little details. The tone matches my skin purrfectly. Read more 657 more words
A lot of my general comments are similar to PL Onyks, so see that review for more. I'm going to compare them a lot here, that's just the easiest way for me to do this.
The band on this bra is a little smaller than on Pl Onyks, enough so that I am happiest with it on an extender for now. I doubt it's enough that I would want a bigger size. (Note that the EM size calculator suggested 85/38. I generally wear 32 or 34, but 34 is probably more accurate.) Like the Onyks, I find that the elastic along the bottom edge of the band digs ...in, and I wish it were wider. Likewise I think this would do better with a 4-hook band, as it would be nice to keep more of the band width closer to the hooks. Also I find the band on this rides up a little, not because it's too big, but because it doesn't do a good enough job counterbalancing the weight of my breasts. I like the fact that the band is intended to sit lower on the back, but I can't get it to stay there. I think if I could get this bra with 4 hooks (or even 5 maybe), I would probably want it a band size bigger.
The cups on this don't fit quite as well as the Onyks, though I'm not really sure why. They are almost too small, but I think still workable. They measure similarly, though the underwires seem to be a little shorter on this Karmelki than on the Onyks (same channels, just less wire). I don't know if this is intentional or not.
The straps dig into the front of my arms quite badly (the cup is fine, it's just the strap attachement), and I will definitely need to move them closer in. Also the straps themselves roll and dig in. I hope that moving them so they are not placed too wide for my shoulder will help this. Although, really, I'd love to have the same comfort straps on this as the Pl Onyks comes with. I think the cups will fit a little better with a little bit closer in straps, too.
This bra works better for me after curving the underwires to follow my ribcage better, and bending the wires out a little at the outside. Also, I need to play around with the pads it comes with, because I think I can use them to shift the bulk of my breasts upward a bit, where they will cooperate with the bra better. (The bottom of the cups is a little too shallow for me. It's counter intuitive to add more volume there, but I think pushing them up a little will align the volume with the cups better.)
I haven't worn this bra very long yet, so I will try to come back and update once I've changed the straps and then worn it for any full days. Read more 389 more words
According to the previous owner, this 75C was supposed to run like a 70DD. I can confirm that the band runs exceptionally tight (like a 'true' 70 band indeed), but the cups run like a regular 70D in the PL cut. I get a floating gore and major quadboob in this bra when I still fit my 70DD 3Ds well (the 3D cut runs a bit smaller than PL). The cups of the Karmelki are quite open on top - maybe that's what lead them to believe that the "cups run larger".
It works for me at the beginning of my monthly cycle, when my boobs are at their smallest. After that, I get quadboob that even shows through shirts.
(Edited to add: My regular size is UK 30E, and 70DD in Ewa Michalak. This bra was slightly too small for me.)
I got this 2nd hand. Even it is old collection in in pretty good condition. The bra is soft and comfy, but is just doesnt want to look right on me. Ive never tried before PL with pads, and it looks like it doesnt work on me, or hopefully its only this bra! The band is perfect as for 70, unfortunately cups are slightly too wide. On darker skin tones (im so white that is not easy to find perfect bra under white clothes) should work well as a nude bra. Overall nice and pretty design.
Well, this bra fits more like 70DD as its tight but also runs bigger in the cups. Although it has wide wires that makes some empty space in the cups on the sides. Beside that, is so comfy! You can hardly feel it on the body, band is nice, straps are soft but stretchy. Would prefer it in CH/CHP.
This is beautiful for a nude/beige bra. I'm not sure if it fits me and if I'll keep it, because the top of the cups cuts in very slightly (although my boobs aren't at their biggest at the moment). It is comfortable, though, and the wires are wider than the 3D Ptys' on me (but not when measured in their relaxed state), the band seems to pull them wider when the bra is worn. Like all Ewa PLs I have tried on, this gives me an incredibly great shape.
Oh Ewa. When I took this bra out of the box I could tell it wasn't going to fit. It looks like a miniature bra. I worried that I'd ordered the wrong band size, but no, it was the 65G I'd ordered. Apparently the PL Karmelki's band is just ridiculously small. I tried it on with an extender, then two extenders. It's just not going to happen. The cups are also too small, mostly in terms of width, which may be a factor of my boobs getting perpetually bigger (yaaayy....) or perhaps they do run a bit on the small side.
It's too bad. This bra is so gorgeous I want to keep it around and look at it sometimes. Which is silly because I know I can order it in another size (and the CH style might work better for me anyway).
This bra is so close to fitting me. The band is just a bit too tight and the cups are a bit on the small side. I wonder if a 75HH would fit better. The fabric of this bra, like the PL Stalowka, is very soft.