I almost feel bad writing a review because this bra is so rare! I loved Celene when I first saw it in the SS14 previews but then was disappointed when I could never find it anywhere. A Redditor offered to place an order for me and I could not resist.
Anyway, Celene is yet another beautiful and comfortable Panache offering. I was surprised by the shape it gives, though. I was expecting that rounded padded half-cup look with lots of uplift but little forward projection. Celene actually gives a very narrow, very projected look; the cups are almost pointy. Out of all the bras I have, Celene probably makes my breasts look the biggest!
The band is a firm but not tight 28 and the cup depth is true to size. As with many Panache offerings, the wings/underwire are too short for me and I get armpit tissue spilling out, but that doesn't show under clothing. Otherwise, it's a very beautiful and well-made bra.
The Celene is like a unicorn - a mythical creature, reportedly spotted infrequently, and of incomparable beauty. When I stumbled across a suitable sister size on eBay, I couldn't help myself. Since this is seemingly a rare (?) bra, with very little information on here and no reviews anywhere on the interwebs I could find, I'll do my best for those who may find themselves in the presence of the same opportunity I had.
Visually, it's stunning, despite being my umpteenth pink bra. The cups are peach and pinky-coral, so intricately decorated with fine lace, mesh, and embroidery. It's a work of art, really. ...All material used is soft and comfortable. The straps split in two right before attaching to the cups, to add a unique detail - although I worry about the durability of thin satin straps over time. I love the choice of gold hardware for the strap sliders and clasps. Masquerade and Curvy Kate are so good at those fine little details.
Band is a true 30, stretching to 30", which means it's too big for me. I can easily clasp it on the tightest hook. Sometimes I get lucky with 30 bands, and sometimes I don't.
Cups are quite projected for a half-cup/balconette style bra, and curve back in slightly on top. I measured them at 9.0" deep, which is about 0.5" small for me. I get some quadding on my larger side. Width was 5.5
Straps are long and completely adjustable up to the split satin, so they shouldn't be a problem for anyone.
My main gripe is the lack of height in the wings and wires under my arms - I feel like I have some boob escaping there. It's hard to find a bra that is tall enough without chafing my armpits. This one is just maybe a half inch to inch too short for me.
I could return it, but it's quite comfortable, so I think I will keep it until the band gets beyond wearable for me. It's really so dang pretty, I'm a bit disappointed it's not a perfect fit.
UPDATE: I ended up selling this beauty after it sat in my closet unworn, because every time I tried it, it was really just too shallow and small for me. So sad, the bra that broke my heart. Read more 291 more words
There are a lot of great things about this bra. First of all, appearance wise, it's beautiful. The inside is also very soft and comfortable. I appreciate that the bra does not come up too high on the sides. Size-wise I think it's a pretty good fit, but it is not working for my shape. The top of the cups somehow gapes and quad-boobs a bit at the same, which seems very strange. I think it's a combination of my shape and soft tissue.
The Celene is a gorgeous bra, with intricate pink embroidery over a pale pink background. I don’t even like pink, and I still think it’s beautiful. A pity, then, that it is by far the shallowest of the Masquerade halfcups I’ve tried, to the point where the wires were even digging in a little, similar to my experience with the Freya Daydreamer halfcup. It’s also more closed on top than most Masquerade styles, and the combination of shallow and closed on top resulted in significant quadboob on my projected shape. Otherwise, the wire width is the same as that of other Masquerade halfcups in 28E (average to narrow). The band seems to fit true to size.
NOTE: i did NOT find this to be the same as the Florence, as suggested by Bratabase. i own both. i feel they are close, but definitely different enough that if one fits you the other may not.
this is one of my biggest bra disappointments to date- not nearly as bad as the Tuttir Rouge Frankie incident, but close. ive lusted after this bra for ages, and i finally took the plunge and had it ordered from the UK in a group order, waited a long while for it to arrive, and found out it doesnt fit. i thought that since Florence mostly works for me in 32FF, ...and this is supposedly the same cut, it would also work. nope!
* the cups close off much more sharply than Florence- a major downfall in a bra for me and my tall roots. it leads to an awkward muffin top boob, but at least isnt visible under clothing.
*the band is much firmer than Florence, and both were bought brand new. if i have an extender it's comfortable, but it may take a while to break in as i need it on the last or second set of extender hooks. its a stretchy satin type material, not mesh like Florence. i like the material better, but it means i'd likely need a 34 band.
*the straps are different than Florence as well (which i knew about at the get go) but i actually like them better. they arent set as far out, and they are fully adjustable. the stretchy material is great and soft compared to the sometimes scratchy material of the embroidered Florence straps.
*the gore feels higher and a bit less stable, and so the gore attempts to only tack on one side and overlap the wires as it fights my center fullness. its not a huge issue, but it can cause the fit of the cup side that isn't tacking to skew.
*as with Florence, this cup isnt well suited to my low apex and has some space inside the cup above my nipple. it seems more extreme in this than in Florence, but as both are molded cups it doesnt show under clothes, it just means i dont get as much lift or support as i could in a better fitting cup.
on the plus side:
* NARROW WIRES. HALLELUJAH. 5.5inches you guys, masquerade has all the 5.5inch wire width 32FF bras. if only their bands fit me, augh!
*its gorgeous! gorgeous. prettiest bra ive ever seen, and i may just keep it anyway because ive wanted it so long. the background color is a very pale peach with a mesh overlay that has tiny dots on it. the raspberry colors lace embroidery is lovely and i love where it comes just up over the top edge of the cup. the strap attachment is unique, its a tiny triangle of 2 straps that meet the main strap.
*the materials are fairly comfortable, and i feel like the molded cup will soften with wear.
* i dont notice the embroidery or muffin boob showing through shirts, surprisingly!
im torn on keeping this or selling it. if i can get what i paid back, i may sell it. but, its so pretty and i've pined after it for so long that i may be convinced to keep it despite the less than perfect fit. Read more 447 more words