Bra is still new - this is my first wearing. The bra is from May/June of 2011 - after the "amazing new fit" around that time.
This bra is designed to mimic the Fantasie smoothing bra, the non-stiff-cup version (number 4250). My initial reaction is that it's an obvious copy, and not necessarily a bad one. There need to be more of this style of bra - a soft, smooth, unseamed cup. The Fantasie version only comes down to a 30 band, which when new fits my chest on the tightest hook, and quickly becomes too loose. The good news about this FigLeaves version is even though it's also ...only a 30 band, it's a tighter "30". I'm wearing the bra on the longest/loosest hook, and it's tight enough. This suggests the bra will still work once broken in. That's definitely a plus.
An immediate negative, at least for me, is that straps. These are wider-set in the FigLeaves version. They're not quite as wide as Panache straps, but they are wide enough to be uncomfortable for me. Still, if wider-set straps work for you, and you like the Fantasie 4250 but not its price OR need a smaller band than it offers, this is looking like a great option.
I'll try to add more information as I wear the bra and it breaks in. Read more 114 more words
I was sceptical at first when I saw it right out of the box since I had never had a non-padded(lined) bra before. However, the material and the quality of the bra is outstanding, so much better than something you'd buy in the high street! Nice wide straps that don't dig in and they're really plain, no fuss, I really like that. The straps are fully adjustable and great for a shorty like me(I'm 5 feet tall/152 cm tall, this bra is suitable for short, average and tall women)
It's definitely an everyday bra, no lumps and bumps, just a smooth finish and it doesn't show through at all ...in the nude colorway. The only detailing on this bra is the little(and very subtle) bow in between the cups. The fabric is thin but sturdy and strong, not something you'll have to be careful with in case you have long nails. Strong quality. If you wanna avoid nipple show to all costs, don't buy this bra. If you get cold enough it will show through, even in the summer(which was when I bought it). Now this doesn't mean it shows at all times, definitely not. Most of the time it doesn't, because most of the time your nipples aren't hard.
First impression when I got it on: ''It's too narrow in the cups for me'' And yes, it really is. Too narrow shape for me, U-shape, but not totally like the letter of course haha, but it's way too narrow for me, it gets really uncomfortable after a while. I think I have slightly wide set boobs because I get red marks on the sides of my breast tissue after wearing it. I think this bra would suit a girl who doesn't encounter this problem frequently. I think it's down to my own shape. I could fasten it on the loosest hook at first when I got in early July, now I fasten it snugly on the middle hook. So the band is really good, doesn't stretch out too quickly.
To give you an idea of how wide my boobs are(to make it easier for you to decide if it'll be comfortable for you), the breast tissue on the sides start.... Hmm... How should I explain this? Maybe 2-3 cm ''in front of'' my armpits. I could've needed cups with more space in between but it wasn't super uncomfortable in that aspect, I can fit 3 fingers between my boobs without a bra, in this... Not so much, I'm way too pulled in to the front in this bra. I recommend this bra if you think you have the shape for it! Absolutely flawless product in terms of quality and the price is cheap!
Close to fitting, but just a few too many wrinkles at the top of the cup for me.
I'd say this compares to the Fantasie Smoothing Bras but has slightly shorter cups and lower gore - a good thing for me! Not as much fabric to wrinkle. The band isn't very stretchy and runs tight - I prefer it most with at least one row of an extender. Wearing it tight makes the wires become quite painful.
The bands on this and Essentials Lace Wing bra are very tight. Very. The underwire channel along the band cuts into my ribcage. There is a little wrinkling across the top. After stretching the band twice to try on and once to measure, the bottom of the back elastic looks all misshapen and cheap. It is very matronly looking. The Lace Wing is prettier, though still utilitarian looking.
My shape: slightly shallow teardrop/FOB with super wide/tall roots and very close-set tissue in the middle.
This review is for the Raspberry colorway.
I just got this bra (and the matching shorts) from a Figleaves clearance sale for about $15, which is pretty good compared to the standard $70 range for 30s I am usually limited to!
It's not a bad bra, although there are some interesting quirks which I'll have to wait and see about.
The good: For one, it is a tight 30, which is lovely! I don't know how much it will relax, but right now it is probably the best-fitting band I have - I've been cheating with 32s ...lately because they are cheaper, and usually cuter. It's also a lovely color which I could only describe as raspberry, so they were right about that, and the lace band is lined! How cool is that? Maybe that's why it fits so well.
The bad and/or weird: The center gore is too high for me. Who is surprised? Not I. The pictures weren't misleading, but I guess I just decided to risk it. It's not super high, and at least it's not painful, like some Chantelles I have tried. Oh, well.
No padding + satin = zero nipple discretion, which could be a problem for me.
It is a little scratchy at the tag (which I would remove) and right at the tips of the underwires under my arms. It's not much, so I'm hoping this is just because it's literally brand-spanking-right-out-of-the-package-new and will go away after a wash.
The cups are the strange part. The underwires don't quite get all my breast tissue under my arms, and there's no coverage issue considering how high the cups are, but somehow I have both a teeny bit of quad-boob and cups wrinkling on the top. Under a regular tshirt the wrinkling just looks like the shirt fabric, so it's not a huge deal; it definitely does not disappear under lighter or slinkier tops, though. This must be what the other reviewers were on about when they said the cups are weird.
Overall, an ok bra, but not a daily wearer for me. Probably going in the swap pile.
Oh, and I got a 14 size short for my 40" hips. I probably should have gotten a 12, but it was out of stock and the 14 is still ok regardless. They are cute! Read more 285 more words
This bra is made from a beautiful, smooth fabric, but unfortunately it is not comfortable to wear for my shape. It is too shallow for me, and too wide-set. It presses my boobs flat against my chest, almost in an effort to separate them, but as a result my boobs just spill out of the center of the bra. This would better suit someone with splayed, shallow breasts. It is a cute bra, but looks terrible on me! I'm sure it would look great on someone else!
This bra gives a nice round shape, the band is decently tight, the lace is lined, and the material (satin?) is soft and beautiful. It has a slight shine to it. I love it, except for the wrinkling at the top of the cups. Maybe it doesn't work with my shape? I would love to try it in a 30F to see if it fixes the wrinkling.
It can fit well initially, but like my other Figleaves non padded bras, the fabric slips down after a while and I end up with very splayed breasts. I'm not really sure why it happens. It's a little loose for me (I wear it on the tightest hooks), but that's to be expected of most 30 bands.
This bra has kind of a strange fit. It's definitely a "full cup" style bra, compared to say the Deco. Despite being strapless, it's very full coverage and I don't see it working well underneath the sorts of clothing that would require a strapless bra. My main issue is that the bra has too much depth. I've never had this problem! Yet here we are, something about the depth of the cups is too much. It's not that there's gapping at the top or bottom - those parts of the cup seem to fit quite well. Just at the apex, where ...the seaming all comes together, there is emptiness in the cup. You can't tell in pictures as the cup is also very stiff and holds its shape with or without me, but I can feel that there's just a bit of extra room. If you have very torpedo-shaped boobs, and don't mind the extreme coverage, this bra is for you.
That's not to say it's a total loss. It's very supportive despite the strange fit, the band is nice and wide and firm - a must have for a strapless. But when all is said and done, I'd rather wear the Deco. Read more 105 more words
This bra didn't work for me in this size. I normally wear a 34FF and tried to sister size down to make it work, but it just doesn't. I think I'm not full enough on top for it. because the cups wrinkle.
This is a nude, molded multiway bra, with just one attachment for each strap in the front and back, unlike some multiways that have multiple attachment points. The cups are cut high enough that it cannot be worn as a strapless. I didn't wear it for very long but it seems fairly comfy, although the fabric feels a little cheap. The band has soft plastic boning on the sides and silicone strips on the top and bottom edges for grip.
This bra fits like a shallower, less cleavage-y version of the Freya Deco. The band seems fairly true to size, the cups are true to size volume-wise or ...maybe a little big. Unfortunately, the cups are cut much too tall and wide on the outside edge. If you reach your arm forward at all, it catches on the outside edge of the cup and causes major gaping. This makes the bra pretty much unwearable. For reference, I don't usually have the straps-in-the-armpit problem at all. If you have very broad shoulders/top of the ribcage, or maybe a much smaller cup, this bra may work for you, otherwise probably not. Read more 82 more words
This is a solid strapless bra, but I should have ordered at least one size larger in the cup. The center gore does not lie flat. It also tends to slide down and it's hard to tell if going down a band size would help, or it is just due to the cups not sitting perfectly. It's not a particularly pretty bra, but I feel well-supported in it and I got it on sale for next to nothing. It comes up a little high in the center too, so it probably won't work very well with low-cut tops.
I had been looking for a black, strapless bra for quite a while, so I was very happy when I found this one. It fits very comfortably, but the cup shape doesn't seem to be quite right for me. It's also a bit high cut, so it doesn't work very well with low cut clothes. It's the best thing I've got and it's close enough, so I will use it when I need a strapless/multiway bra.
I think it feels a bit big for a 30G, but I haven't really tried any other Figleaves bras, so I don't know how it compares.
This is an odd, odd bra. Every person I've spoken to who's tried it has had problems with it--either wrinkle-top or quad boob. Lucky me, I got both.
The top edge is actually slightly stretchy and gathered when lying flat. This creates the wrinkled effect on fuller on bottom breasts. My theory is, you must be firm-tissued and balanced or fuller on top for this bra to work for you.
If it DOES work for you, it's a good-looking, comfortable basic at a great price.
Originally tried this out in 34E and was the first bra I've tried ordering since deciding to really nail down my size and stop wearing 38Ds. Didn't fit (of course) so reordered in a 32G. I really like the design and the shiny raspberry color, but even the 32G doesn't fit quite right. I'm still getting a little bit of quadboob and generally in this bra I feel like my boobs keep trying to push it down. If I pull it up a bit then I get quad near the gore and gaping near the straps. I also feel like it's a bit cheaply made... but then, I did get it for 10USD.