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The Brilliant is probably one of the better designed bras which I've seen in this size range. It has a 3 part cup (two sections with a vertical seam between them and one running diagonally across the top), fully adjustable straps, and fastens with 4 rows of 3 columns of hooks. It's also clearly been designed with large, heavy breasts in mind, as it has very wide, sturdy straps with an embroidered design on top to stop them from slipping, and two layers of powernet for the rear portion of the bra.
The wires are the narrowest I've encountered in this size range, and basically spot-on for me in ... width. It's very comfortable having wires which are actually primarily on the front of my torso, where my breasts are, and not wrapped around my armpits, or encroaching on my back. There's also an additional vertical 'wire' (usually these are actually plastic boning from my experience with bras) on the wing which adds to the band stability.
I've got the black colourway (from another Bratabaser), and I'm not sure if it's the issue where black bras often are a bit firmer than their lighter coloured counterparts, a manufacturing error, or some other issue, but this bra is considerably firmer than I would expect. This isn't inherently a con for me, as while I've resigned myself to having to sister size up in most styles to get a good cup volume, I really need the equivalent of a UK 28 band in most styles. I'll probably take the band in if I decide to hang onto it, as it's still a little on the loose side for me, even on the firmest hooks (I prefer a fairly firm band as I feel that it anchors my breasts in place better).
As a personal thing, I don't like black bras much. Still, the bra looks light and delicate, which is an impressive feat for something which also seems to have such impressive support at a large size, and there's a good balance of lace for aesthetics without becoming so textured that the bra will leave a lumpy profile under a shirt. I think I'd really enjoy wearing this style in a different colourway.
I've found that the lower section of the bra is too tall, meaning that the apex of the bra is too far up for my comparatively short-rooted breasts. This makes the shape a bit awkward. The upper section of the bra is fairly closed off, meaning that this bra cut would probably work better on breast shapes which are fuller on the bottom, or fuller on top shapes may find they need to size up to avoid cutting in. The bra cuts in on the top of my breasts, especially after wear, and I think I could do with a larger cup size if there was one made.
It's a bit difficult to gauge an equivalent in UK sizing, but at a guess, I think this bra may be similar to a 32KK or 30L. It's very narrow and deep though, so it may fit women who are on the upper end of this size range as you don't have as much wasted space from overly wide wires. I'd say that Kris Line is well worth a go, even with the slightly higher price point than other brands, as the design and quality are both excellent!
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 Flag this
When I saw this bra for a heavily discounted price I wanted to try it out. I have heard Kris Line bras are very nice, but I would hate to pay $90 for one! I had read a blog post by xelestial suggesting that the 34M fit closer to a 32JJ in her opinion... So I picked it up on the cheap!
Anyway, it's a bit big for me. Probably more like a 34JJ or 34K. Others have found the band to run tight, perhaps it's just variation in individual bras? I found this to fit more true to 34 than a tight 34 verging on ... 32. The band has 4 sets of hooks instead of the typical 3. So I fastened it on the second loosest setting for better support. Side note, I have been losing weight so that may affect how 34s feel for me.
The cups feel 1, maybe as much 1.5 cup sizes too big for me. They are made of two layers of a soft mesh material and are a standard 3 part bra. The straps are a little wider than some bras with a pretty embroidered pattern on them. It has a lovely lace pattern on the upper section of the bra and small amounts of embroidery on the lower two sections. The wires are narrower than my @Panache and @Cleo bras, on par with the @Ewa Michalak bras I've tried. Very comfortable - they don't poke my armpits! They are not exceptionally tall, so that helps minimize the poking.
It gives a nice enough shape, though I'm sure it would feel more supportive if it fit a little better. I tightened the straps to the tightest setting which helps a bit with the fit and shape.
Updated on Jan 01, 2015 Flag this
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