The bra is padded, and there’s one vertical seam in the middle. This pushes the breasts into it, and thus gives a forward and projecting shape, moreso than anything else I have tried. The band is continuous, offering good support despite having a thin band with only two hooks. Straps are halfway adjustable in the back. In the front they are much wider and a soft satin, though I don’t think I’d call them padded.
The band is on the tight side and the cups are open at the top. I’m shallow profiled, so I don’t easily get Marie Antoinette cleavage, but this bra does a heck of a good job. Some days there is a little gap at the top, but if I attempt to put all my migrated tissue into the bra it’s an excellent fit. If you’re between sizes, order up a band. The straps adjust short enough for me (often a concern) and the satin is comfortable, although wide.
Very pleasantly surprised by this bra. Normally I live in my Polish half cups, but was surprised to find that Delphi is actually a really great (and close!) fit. Unlike my Rhea, which is wearable but technically too shallow for me at the bottom of the cup, Delphi has enough space at the wire and tacks beautifully at the center gore. Its wide, satin straps and band are so comfortable and the cups are lined with a wonderful soft plush material. It gives a great, super round and projected shape, not unlike my Ewa CH. Lastly, the design is just gorgeous with the contrasting vine embroidery. Beautiful design + fabulous comfort + great shaping = my dream bra. I bought both the sepia and the black/silver color ways, and found the sepia to fit just a little more open at the top of the cup than the black, otherwise they're identical.
I bought this in the AW12 colour which is black/ivory.
The bra is very gorgeous. It is well made and looks luxurious to me. From other reviews on Delphi bras I have read, I found out that the straps are foam padded, however, mine aren't. It feels like it's a piece of satin folded two to three times before getting sewed. It does not affect the comfort for me. The wide straps are very very comfortable. Some might not like the wide straps but for me, this is the exact reason I lust for this bra in the first place.
As for the fit, the cups fits perfectly on my ...28G boobs. While I crumble on the bottom of my 28G Rhea, I didn't in this one. I got Marie Antoinette cleavage, which I love. Since halfcups are perfect on my FOT boobs, this is a winner. One thing I noticed though, is the construction of the bra different for GG+ cups? I saw two vertical seams on 28H, but for mine, there's only one vertical seams.
The band is a typical of Masquerade bras. It is not stretchy at all. I find that I need to use an extender and hook it on the last hook of the extender to be comfortable. My underbust is 27" and this bra stretches to 27.5", but because I like super snug band, this is perfect for me. Other who doesn't like uber tight bands might want to consider sizing a band up and go down a cup from your usual size -> sister sizing.
The shape it gives is similar to Rhea and the embroidery doesn't show under clothing, unless the top is thin. All in all, I'm so glad I finally get this bra! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" /> Read more 188 more words
In my quest to try as many Masquerade bras as possible, I decided to give Delphi a try recently. Initially I stayed away from this bra because the reviews indicate that the fit is not super consistent and can be a bit tricky. Sadly, this didn't work out for me.
Based on the 2HC construction and measurements, I thought this would fit like a balconette version of Alice. Though some reviews indicated that the cup runs large, others said it is true to size, so instead of sizing down like I did in Alice to a 30D, I kept my normal sister size of 30DD for ...this bra. However, while the band works and feels decently TTS for a Masquerade 30 band, I had all sorts of problems with the cup, mostly due to the shape being a mismatch.
Delphi is a 2HC foam cup construction, and the outside of the cup is black mesh lined with opulent champagne couchwork embroidery of scrolls and flowers. The upper cup is straight, but the embroidered overlay has a scalloped edge. There's nothing to indicate from the measurements that the fit would be unusual, however the problem is that the wires on this bra are very firm. Thus the cups end up being extremely narrow and projected, and for that reason the wires cut into my side tissue and feel too short at the sides, while the cups gap horribly. Delphi is also cut with severe fullness right at the seam as well as a very vertically projected shape, so the lack of tissue here creates a visible pointy appearance. You need a lot of projected tissue to fill out these cups properly, and due to the narrow wires and open top, it is also designed for very FOT shapes. Note that the open top is relative to the wires, as it is definitely not an open half cup. The cup has a very projected center point that closes off again, but this is mostly concentrated at the center of the cup. As with most Masquerade foam cup bras, it is cut to be center-full.
The very open top compared to the wire width also makes the strap placement seem too wide on me, though they don't slip off. They just feel like the placement is a little bit off. The straps are made from tapered black satin, and only the back portion is adjustable. It is a firm and nice quality strap, but the comfort level may vary compared to a full elastic strap. Other than this, the rest of the construction and fit is pretty standard for Masquerade bras, as it has a satin band on this style that fits similarly to their other styles. The only decoration is a two-toned center gore bow.
This is a beautiful bra, but it requires a very specific shape to work. This is designed for narrow, extremely projected, center-full shapes. Depending on your size you may want to size down in the cup, but ultimately you need to be the right shape for Delphi as the fit is not very universal. Read more 424 more words
This bra is very comfortable. It gives me a similar shape to my 28GG - Masquerade » Rhea (6121) however, the cups are roomier and I get less cakes as a result. The straps are like nothing I've ever seen before. They are wide and regal. They are padded with foam for extra comfort. Would be good for open or wide necklines.
You know what? This bra is actually pretty great. I have been pretty loyal to Polish bras the last couple of years, and I wear Ewa Michalak every single day. However, I got a chance to get this bra, and I couldn't believe it -- the shape and fit is very similar to that of my 70J - Ewa Michalak » Chp Brzoskwinka (301)! Sure, the gore is slightly different and sits on top of my tissue instead of separating it, but other than that, it's pretty close. The upfront, rounded shape is nearly identical. There is a great amount of projection at the bottom of the cups, which is awesome. It only has 2 hooks, but the comfy padded straps nearly make up for it. This shade (sepia) is a great nude for my pinkish-pale skin, although I don't know how well the raspberry trim would disappear (it is really pretty, though.) Overall, it's a really lovely bra that feels comfy and gives an awesome shape.
Ooh I love this bra. I just got it yesterday and it's beautiful. One of those dance around in your underwear singing "I feel pretty" kind of bras. I could probably do with a band size down and a cup size up, but for an outlet steal I am pretty darn satisfied. Some times I get quad-boob and sometimes I get gaping, it all depends on my posture. That said my normal posture works perfectly. For the amount of "cakes on a platter" cleavage I get (which is a first and fabulous), it is pretty darn supportive. The lace at the top is slightly itchy, but I think it will soften and I will become used to it. I've never owned such a nice bra before! Granted I could only afford it on clearance, but still! It really is designed to push you in and up, so it gives a great front-on shape (very slimming) as well as a nice rounded profile. I'm so excited about this bra. I really want to get the matching panties now too...
This bra is quite stunning online and reads a bit differently in person though still very pretty. The band is quite firm with little stretch and the cups were too small for me, but oh my goodness the cleavage! Even without swooping and scooping the girls were high and perky in this bra! The wires are a bit narrow on me so coupled with the too small cups this bra is not currently a good fit on me. I'm tempted to order it in either a 34F or 34FF but I'm uncertain whether this would address the too narrow wire issue.
This remains my all time favorite UK bra. I loved Masquerade bras, and was disappointed when they were discontinued. The fit is great, especially if you need the narrow wires typically found in Polish brands. The fabrics and embroidery are all miles above typical UK brands.
Though I'm a dedicated Ewa Michalak/Comexim fangirl, I've been interested to try more readily available brands/styles known to have good projection (e.g., Masquerade Rhea, Antoinette, or Delphi). The Delphi was my least preferred style to try but I found such a great deal I figured it was worth a try, for diagnostic purposes if nothing else. The projection is better than I expected but I could have still used more, however the main issue, as I anticipated, was this size being large on me, and I was really right - it's at least a cup size or two off. In person it's also a little mature in style for my taste as I thought it might be, but the satiny straps that widen from 0.5" at the cup attachment to 1.125" at the widest point are a beautiful feature. Not for me but it'll be listed soon for someone else who's interested!