My shape: Self-supporting teardrop with very tall and wide roots that give me fitting problems like shallow breasts, but with max lower projection and loads of side-boob; slightly FOB, center-set, forward-facing, and firm tissue that doesn't like being pushed around.
This review is for the Sapphire colorway I received in a swap around Christmas.
This is a very pretty bra, but alas, not for me. First off, the cups are ITCHY. Scratchy seams in the cups absolutely drive me nuts. Curiously, it wasn't the lace that was itchy- that was barely noticeable, regular lace, and the satin was SO SOFT, especially in the straps, and even the band wasn't a ...problem, nor was the tag. It was all in the modesty cookies, and boy, it was bad. When I took the bra off after the photos, it left red marks all around my poor nipples, and while I welt easily, this was still pretty significant. I don't know if washing would fix it or smooth out the sheer fabric seams at all. Honestly, I'd rather just have a completely sheer all-lace cup instead.
On to shape:
Projection: I think this bra has a lot more upper projection than I need. My tissue slopes in a fairly straight shot from my collarbone all the way down to the apex, and I have sadly discovered that there is (so far) not a single three-piece cup that can comfortably or attractively accommodate that. It also is fairly shallow in the bottom of the cup. Looking at other users' photos, I would have thought it would be projected enough, but now that I am going back and looking at the stock photos, I can see a lot of them riding down slightly on some of the models and wrinkling in the same places. The major culprit, though, is the apex: that sucker is REALLY TALL. Like, more than 1" higher than mine. You can see in the photos that scooping didn't do that much to alleviate the wrinkles caused by this combo. The cup is too high because of all this - you can also see where I tucked it down so things fit a little better. (Note: without having the seams criss-cross right at the apex, it is way less scratchy this way!)
Also, the sides are slightly shallow, too - inside by the bridge AND outside under the arms. I think this is why I initially felt like the wires were too narrow, but in the photos you can see that they obviously aren't. Because of this, I get a little bit of tissue trying to escape over the wings as if they were too short, but not enough to bother me.
Wire width: Great! I love wide wires. These are definitely wide enough for me.
Wire shape: Pretty good! Too steep, but it didn't bother me.
Band: Maybe a little on the tight side, but I think it would relax with a wear or two. It was certainly comfy enough, and obviously sat properly. I wish it had 3 hooks instead of 2, but oh well.
Straps: Plenty of adjustable length for me, although they can only adjust halfway because of the embellished front. Speaking of which, I love embellished straps! Lots of people don't, but I do. They are so pretty and cute, and so SOFT! If I could, like, cut these off and put them on another set of cups, I would.
Bridge: The center gore is tall, but actually really comfortable. I had to go back and edit to add this, because it was so comfy I forgot all about it. Super narrow! I'm sadder now that this didn't work out, because I need super narrow bridges.
Overall, not a bad bra, and still very pretty. It's a bit more like a frosted cupcake in person, in my opinion, but I love the choice of tassle instead of a bow at the center front, the embellished straps, AND the comfy bridge!, but I do wish it wasn't so scratchy. There's no way I want to troubleshoot this to find a potentially better size match with that looming as a possibility. Read more 572 more words
I bought this bra new and unworn, so the measurements I took were without any wear or "breaking in" of the fabric.
Despite having a 37" comfortably snug underbust measurement with compressability down to 35" at the extreme, I found that I could almost not clasp this bra. While it does stretch to 38", it takes a massive amount of force to do so. This fabric is quite firm!!
With a "normal" amount of tension (the amount of tension I tend to exert on my other bras in normal use and the tension it takes to measure them at their longest) this band only measures to 34".
I would ...advise most folks to size up in this band, or prepare to use an extender.
I found the wires much too narrow in this bra. It is not shaped like other Panache models at all. I ordered a Freya Lyla Balcony (4302) in 36GG at the same time, and it had wider wires than this Masquerade Persia even though Freya's wires are notoriously narrow in general.
The bra is quite pretty, though not really in my taste. I like it more in person than I did viewing it online and am glad I got to try it out. I feel like only two hooks on a bra in this size and with so much band firmness is sort of silly, as it means the wings taper down to be quite short. The lack of give in the band just meant ridiculous back indentations and bulging on a cushier lady like myself.
This is one of the first Panache bras in my size where the wire height under my arms was not uncomfortable. From the tip of the underwire to the band it is only about 5", and that felt really perfect for me as a high chested lady with only 5'1" of height. If that is you too and you have a narrower root, this could be a good bra to try.
I warn though that the cup seemed to come up a bit high, and the cup at the very top was a bit roomy. I think this bra was made for someone a bit more shallow than me - less projection and more height - as the lower part of the cups seemed to compress my breasts quite a bit. Read more 280 more words
I found the 28 back extremely tight, not like previous 28H Masquerade bras. It is also not properly fitting for my close set boobs. I would suggest Persia would best suit those with definitively set apart boobs, full on top and possibly smaller in the back to feel comfortable.
This is a really pretty bra that looks quite expensive. It fits me more like a full coverage than a Balconnet . It is 7 3/4 inch tall and my max is 7" and shorter than 7" is even better. I have short roots. So I don't totally fill the upper portion of the cup. It lays smooth though and the looseness doesn't show under a t shirt. Shape is round with a very good lift. This bra has amazing center projection and even though the gore is too tall for my touching boobs, it manages to tack pretty well. The cups don't do quite as ...well for my immediate projection. The straps are not as wide as most balconnets and I think that might account some for the excellent center projection. I think these cups are very generous for a 28GG.
This is a really really short band for a 28. I needed 1 1/2 extension to fasten it. The band is stretchy satin and I've never had one with this fabric to know how it will stretch with time. The lower portion is lined with a skin toned fabric that matches my skin tones quite well. I am pale.
This bra is not for shallow breasts. There was major wrinkling along the horizontal seam, and the top edge dug into my breasts because this bra is closed off at the top. However, it's absolutely beautiful. I love the tassel where there's usually a bow, and the band is made of a nice thick and satiny material. I didn't have any problems with the band--I'm sub-28 and I had no problems getting it on. The band is definitely on the stiffer side, though.
When this bra first arrived in the mail I tried it on and did not like the fit. My smaller breast had a huge gap in the fabric, but since my breasts are so unequal lately, this was to be expected. My larger breast also had a gap in the fabric, so I put it away and ordered the 28DD.
The 28E does have a decent band. I am a smaller 28 band so I really appreciate the tighter bands.
The other day I went to try this bra on again, and the larger breast fit magnificently. The top actually looked like it had been painted on, and ...I had amazing support. TMI: It was just before my period so perhaps my breasts do swell / shrink a significant amount during my cycle.
The other breast looked horrible. This bra emphasises the volume difference the most of any of my bras, and I played around with all of my pads to try to compensate, and tried to shorten the strap, but I could not get the fabric to lay flat across my breast on the smaller breast. It was not noticeable through a shirt, but I wanted the same amazing look on both sides. (I hate having to always say, "it's not noticeable through my clothes". For once I want a bra that looks great when I'm naked and great when I'm wearing clothes, and has no problems that I am overlooking. This is a problem with me more so than the bra, but it's sill not perfect for me.)
I really liked half of this bra (the side that fit my larger breast). The band was decently tight, no need to size down for those who have that option.
The straps don't fully adjust, but this wasn't a problem for me. Even the small boob where I shorten the strap considerably I didn't have it all the way (when it was all the way tight it hurt my shoulder too much).
I have a good colour of skin for this bra, it really looked like it was showing my skin through.
I hope I can make an adjustment to the one side and get it to work exactly. Read more 263 more words
The Persia bra has a stretch satin covered band and center gore. I have it in the colour Damson which is a burgandy, dark maroon colour.
The band is stretchy but somewhat restrictive. I usually wear a size 28 band in Cleo and Freya but in Masquerade's satin bands I find that, although easy to fasten in a 28, they can feel a bit uncomfortable when I breath deeply.
The 28GG was a great fit in the cup (and leans towards large rather than small) but I found that the sister size 30G was a better back size for me.
The Persia style is a balcony bra with quite a square neckline and it sits quite high up in the center gore and has quite a bit of coverage at the top of the bra - in between a full cup bra and a balcony bra. I adore this shape on and it's very flattering I think.
Review is for the 'Damson' colorway. Looks more like wine than a plum color to me, though. Nice narrow U shaped wires, sufficient bottom projection, great lift: I get the typical Cleo high & round "apples" shape. I think this bra is made for those even all around. Heavy embroidery in an ornate pattern reminiscent of mosque screens or Byzantine (Turkish) ceramics; the bra is well-named. The embroidery is on a slightly sparkly sheer background. Half-lined in a silky beige mesh that matches my skin tone, so the illusion is of a fully lace bra. That lace? Kinda scratchy and stiff, especially noticeable on skin at the top ...unlined part and straps. Maybe a few washes will soften it up, but is is quite thick and stiff. Lace extends all the way along inner part of the satin-covered straps to past the shoulder and down the back a little to a silver ring and the adjuster. Straps are quite narrow and elastic after that point. They are also wide set, but I have wide shoulders so its OK. Band is a matte satin, very firm,, TTS and doesn't feel like it will stretch out with wear much. Wires come up high on the sides, containing side flesh, but not too high to poke. Cups also come up pretty high and the neckline on me is rather square-ish (wide set straps contribute no doubt). I can't quite fill the fabric right at the gore and get a tiny gap there because I am not center-full although I am close-set. Gore is narrow enough for that and tacks without hitting breast tissue. It's not enough loose fabric to mar the fit or look though.The bra is very lightweight; honestly from the design it looks "heavy" but is not. All in all a beautiful, romantic, well-made bra in a nice deep color that fits great and looks elegant. Read more 207 more words
The Masquerade Persia is my favorite bra. I have it in sapphire, and I loved it so much I bought another one in black. I've heard that with some bras the black runs smaller than other colorways, but that is not the case here; the two fit exactly the same. I will say that the band on my first Persia started out quite firm for a 28 band but stretched pretty fast, which is the only downside of the bra. Otherwise I love everything about it. To repeat the relevant portions of my original review: Like most other Masquerade bras of the same size, the Persia has average-to-narrow ...wires. It has a decent amount of projection, and unlike some projected bras, the projection is not just at the apex, but all over. It allows enough room for my center fullness, but isn’t lacking in space on the outside or bottom either. For me, this is the bra that is so perfect for my shape, and therefore so comfortable, that I can forget I’m wearing a bra. And it’s gorgeous too! Read more 72 more words