Cup height (measured up the center outside): 5.75"
I have this in the mineral blue color and it is just so gorgeous! It's my first Masquerade--I have a couple more on the way and I can't wait to see them in person.
The band is satin and nice and firm; it's the first 28 band I've had that actually felt good and not too stretchy. The flowery embroidery on the cups is on a mesh overlay and there's a pretty little ivory bow in the middle. The embroidery and seams are lovely, but visible under tight, thin shirts. There is one vertical seam on the inside of the cup and ... two on the outside.
The satin straps aren't fully adjustable and I had to tighten them all the way due to my high-set breasts. Hopefully they don't get too stretchy with wear. They are beautiful, though!
After reading other reviews, I decided to size down a cup in this and I think that's the way to go. It might be a touch too small, but in plunges I think that's what I'd prefer to potential gapping.
This bra gives great cleavage! It doesn't smash my breasts together but gives fabulous uplift and a shape that's round, but not as round as my Freya half-cups. The top of the gore (where the wires end) doesn't quite tack but I don't think it's a problem--perhaps caused by sizing down in the cup? Anyway, it doesn't bother me and the bra is very comfortable in spite of that.
UPDATE, ONE MONTH LATER: I now wish that I had gone with my regular size! I have also gained a little bit of weight and my measurements have changed a smidge and I'm quadding a bit more than I'd like in this. I'd recommend trying both your regular size and a size down if you have the opportunity (I didn't).
Also, as I learn more about narrow vs. wide roots, I've noticed that the cup seems a little too wide for my root. It's a little shallow also (I think I have fairly average projection) but fits me well anyway.
The bra is still ridiculously comfortable and I still love it! It's a great plunge.
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