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Fits ribcage68.6
B. perimeter23.4
Stretched Band71.2
Band Length57.4
Cup width13.1
Cup depth21.5
Wire length24.8
Cup height13.0
Cup separation1.8
Gore height7.8
Wing height7.8
Strap width1.5
Hooks2

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  1. 8
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    Used to fit

    This review is for the Masquerade Rhea size 28F in the colour Antique.

    Bra description:

    A luxurious-looking bra out of matt satin and intricate detailed lace in a beautiful but difficult to describe colour. None of the images I've seen online does it justice. It's a kind of delicate greyish pinkish sandish slightly-darker-than-nude hue -- a light rose or mauve taupe comes to mind. Anyway, even though it's definitely not nude, it's an excellent and definitely more romantic alternative for a neutral-coloured bra, which is exactly what I was looking for. The centre gore is adorned with a bow and a tiny sparkly pendant. As said, the lace is intricate ... and expensive-looking. It's not entirely flat so it might show slightly under tight, thin, clingy clothes. The zigzag stitched seams are much less noticeable in real life than online images suggest although, again, they might show under tight, clingy clothes. The cups are only thinly padded, but the material feels quite sturdy, almost stiff. They are lined with soft and comfortable cotton. Straps are only partly adjustable. The non-adjustable part is completely non-stetchy and covered with the same satin the cups are made of, which feels quite comfortable. The wings are made out of two layers of a perfectly matching stretch satin. There is no boning in the wings.

    Bra fit:

    I must say, I am impressed. First of all, it kind of sort of fits!!! Secondly, this bra gives me the kind of shape I was expecting from Ewa Michalak's CHP, but that one didn't work for me AT ALL. The cup shaping keeps the breasts close to the chest, pushing them upwards for an uplifted, separated, and rounded 'Regency'-type cleavage. Compared to my Ewa Michalak CH there is a lot less projection and I first thought my breasts looked slightly flattened and almost 'minimised', (*) but it's actually really not a bad look bad at all. I do like the shape a lot: it's simply a bit more subtle than the shape I get in my CH and a bit more wearable for that reason as well. I know others consider this a look for 'special occasions', but I'm also happy with for a more everyday appearance. The cup height is quite perfect on me and there's only the slightest of gapping when I move my arms and shoulders. The only real gripe I have with the cups is the slight irregularity at the bottom of the front most cup seam: for some reason there is a bit of diagonal pull in the cups that makes this part pucker. I'm very tempted to slip in a thin piece of boning to straighten it out as it's just such a shame in such an otherwise beautiful bra. (**)

    Technically, the wires are probably slightly too wide for me (judging by the marks they leave on my skin; it really isn't noticeable as such while wearing the bra), but not uncomfortably so. I actually think I prefer them this way, at least as long as I'm still breastfeeding. Unlike the Curvy Kate Tease Me I tried several weeks ago I do not notice the wires in this Rhea at all: no poking or pinching anywhere. The centre gore lies nice and flat and exerts zero pressure on my sternum. The tight band stretches the wires somewhat (hence maybe also the diagonal pull in the cups?), but they do not seem to distort significantly and the bottom of the cups isn't noticeably flattened. My breasts fill out the bottom of the cups reasonably well and the cups do not slip down like they did in the Tease Me and the CHP I tried.

    The strap placement is a bit too wide for optimum comfort, but it *just* works. The slight gapping of the cups when I move my arms is mostly due to the wide strap placement. The fact the straps are only partly adjustable is a bigger problem: as I have a very short upper torso I have to tighten them almost all the way to prevent them slipping off my shoulders.The material of the non adjustable part feels sturdy and comfortable. The zigzag stitching isn't the most aesthetically pleasing, but it doesn't bother as much as I thought it would.

    The band is really a tad too snug for a 28 band, but it does work for me. I'd say it's about as tight the band on my 65E PL Onyks if not slightly tighter and it really is every bit as tight as I can take. I wouldn't want it any tighter, but one band size up will almost certainly be too loose. (***) I measure 69cm/27" underbust -- someone who measures in as a solid 28 I'd strongly advise sizing up. The band is shaped slightly funny in that it seems the wings to curve up rather than down. This makes it feel as if the band rides up in the back, even though it really doesn't. Simply takes some getting used to, I suppose. Apart from the fact I wouldn't have minded a cm or two more room, my only real issue with the band is the lack of side seam boning and/or the lack of a powernet lining in the wings: the tightness of the band of course doesn't help, but -- I think at least partly due to the fact that the satin the wings are made off is so much stretchier than the edging elastic -- the band wrinkles and causes slight discomfort. Side seam boning and a sturdier powernet lining would allow a more even distribution of the band tension along the entire height of the wings (not just along the elastic edges) and would almost certainly result in more comfort.

    Conclusion:

    The Masquerade Rhea truly is an Almost Perfect Bra for me. I don't think the shape it gives is as glorious as what Ewa Michalak achieves -- I do prefer the slightly more projected shape I get from my HM Gold -- and I do have some issues with the fit and construction, but really, despite its minor imperfections it is an amazing piece! Anyway, I'm now sorely tempted to get it in all colours available plus, of course the matching knickers ;)

    Edited To Add:

    I tried this bra with an extender and I must admit it fits much more comfortably that way. Of course, with the worst of the strain off the band and the wires it shows the cups are actually too big: they do gap quite a bit. I'm going to try this bra in a band size up and a cup size down, ergo in 30DD -- I'm thinking I should get a pretty decent fit in that size.

    Edited to Add, The Sequel:

    So, I was taking some photo's today to list this bra for sale as I had concluded previously it fits me too tightly in the band. I had even gone so far to order a band size up ... but before proceeding with the listing I decided to try it on once more as I'm having a Difficult Boob Day and my (only) other fitting bra doesn't fit comfortably at all. 'Lo and behold, miss Rhea fits me so well today, it's as if it's a different bra. I don't even notice the snugness -- what's up with that?! So, here I am, editing this review AGAIN and quite probably deciding to keeping this bra after all. I now have a 28E on the way as well to try when I'm feeling 'smaller'. Heck, why not order a set in black too?! ;)

    Edited To Add, The Really Final Version:

    (*) (**) After trying this bra in a 30 band as well, I have a strong suspicion that both the flattened shape and the puckering in the bottom of the cups are the result of diagonal tension in the cup caused by a 'too tight' band. Don't ask me why -- I'm almost thinking it is actually a design or construction flaw that has to do with fabric grain or something. It is also slightly funny, because the 28 band certainly doesn't FEEL too tight on my 69 ribcage (it feels tight, but not TOO tight) and the wires don't really seem as distorted as I've seen them in other bras with much looser bands (Bravissimo Mademoiselle ... ?).

    (***) Surprisingly, a band size up seem to work just fine. The band is not very stretchy to begin with and I haven't notice the 30 riding up on me at all. At 27" I'm obviously just in between band sizes so maybe that's why it works for me, but for what it's worth, if you experience a flattened shape and/or pucker in the bottom of the cup, try going up a band size. I myself definitely got a better shape that way.

    The Masquerade Rhea is a mysterious bra. I've now tried it on in four different sizes and for some odd reason they all seem to fit. My breast size and density fluctuates (due to breastfeeding), but even though there may be as much a three cups sizes difference between my 'smallest' and my 'biggest' shape, these changes are not very clearly reflected in my actual measurements. Believe me, I quadruple checked! True, these four bras may not all fit the same at the same moment, but for Bratabase recommendation purposes I cannot say of any one of them that it doesn't fit under the current measurements at all. For what it's worth though, I have decided I get a better shape in a 30 band, so this one is probably going to be listed soon ...

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      Regency cleavage! Why on earth have I not come up with those words! That's exactly my shape preference!

      Also I thought I was the only one not liking that zigzag lace. For that reason I tried it in black. But I cannot fit it since I cannot make it reach around my curved body :D

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      I knew it would appeal to you, Jane Austen fan ;) So am I, by the way ;) And I'm also beginning to realise that 'Regency cleavage' really is my preferred shape as well :)

      In my opinion the zigzag stitching is a poor design choice, but I must say I'm not half as bothered by it as I thought I would be. For some reason it looks much worse in photos than it does in reality.

      If only the straps were not placed this far apart -- really, what kind of models do they use when they design these things? *rolls eyes*

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      I am really fan of your keen observations.... you should be the CEO of any leading BRA company....

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      My, thank you! :)

    • ZoNi I agree with you! Because MilkAndHoney was the one who pointed out to me that above my under bust is small than my under bust.
      :)

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  2. 3
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    Didn't fit

    Aesthetics: this bra is so ridiculously pretty, pale blue satin fabric with bronze embroidery. The charm on the gore is a little plastic silver heart with a rhinestone in the middle. I love the zig-zag seams. The embroidery along the top of the cups and the bottom of the band is raised and is visible under tight clothing. The band is comfortably firm but not the tightest 28 band I've ever tried. The uplift is amazing and I love the open cups.

    Fitting: one size down would be better. I waited until I was retaining water to re-evaluate the fit. My larger breast almost fills the cup normally and ... does fill the cup when I am retaining water, however, my smaller breast is drowning. Obviously the gaping is less obvious when my boobs are fuller. The gaping doesn't show under t-shirts. My major problem is wire width; when I take it off, I can see that there is almost an inch of empty space on the outside of the cups! I really want to try this in 28E because of the open cups. Quadboob is a perpetual problem that I think the Rhea can handle very well, if only the wires weren't so wide.
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  3. 3
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    Didn't fit

    I bought it on a gamble, and alas it's too big on me: I can't quite fill it on top.
    I normally wear a 28E for reference.
    Pros:
    -Tight band
    -High quality materials
    -Very pretty
    Cons:
    -Half adjustable straps
    -Very wide on my small frame

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  4. 2
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    Fits

    I bought my first bra from another bratabase user which arrived this morning, the Massquerade Rhea. Success! It's The tiniest bit big in the cup but I'm my smallest time of the month and it will fit my bigger days. It has nice wide wires with a shallow cup fairly open on top which is perfect for me. There is pretty lace along top of cup but it does show through tight tops. I was fully aware the straps we're only half adjustable which sadly don't quite go small enough which may stop the very small gap at the top of the cup but the straps will stay ... up and the gap isn't noticeable under clothes. It's similar to my Cleo Maddie but the cup is a bit bigger overall, which is what I was after. Maddie is quite small in the cup for the size. Compared to the Maddie, the gore and the outside of the wires come up a little higher which suits me as I think the Maddie is a little too short for me. I'm very pleased with this bra, it's just sad it's not made anymore! If anyone knows of a reinvented version let me know. In the meantime, I have another colour of the same bra on its way to me.
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    • I am glad it fits you. I was also interested in the Rhea but it wouldnt have fit me size 28F.
      I will get it via ebay.co.uk size 28GG as part of a bra bundle. You might find the black Rhea there on ebay.co.uk size 30. (28 is out of stock).

    • I have a black Rhea in the same size on its way from another bratabase user and have already ordered the matching bottoms from eBay. I hope you get sorted out with yours too

    • I honestly believe you are over tightening your straps. Even this bra looks like it is digging into your skin. I feel that your trying so hard to get rid of gaping at the top of the cup that you over tighten all your straps. Also do you scoop and swoop all your breast into the cup? This will help you fill out the tops. I think plunges will work best for you overall as you seem outer full and centre full (most of you tissue on the outside breast and in the center of your breast).

    • The tops would gape a lot more if the straps weren’t that tight because the cups are way too deep and the straps would fall down even more otherwise. This bra would have been better a cup size smaller but I got it second hand so didn’t have the choice. The tight straps were a compromise to make it a little more wearable but I stoped wearing it as it just doesn’t work very well for me :(

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  5. 2
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    Fits

    The Rhea was the first bra I bought that was in my correct size: 28F. It's such a wonderful feeling that it'll have sentimental value for me. And the fact that I got it for dirt cheap on Ebay doesn't hurt either!

    The color is an extremely pretty ice blue trimmed with bronze lace. I understand this was a Bravissimo exclusive for the Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The material is a sort of satin that's very soft to the touch. I love it.

    The band is very firm so if you're between sizes, I'd definitely recommend sizing up. My underbust comes up at 26.7 inches and the 28 band on ... the first hook was quite snug. I even thought it was too tight for me at first but then it got very comfortable after wearing it for a day.

    The straps are on the cusp of being too wide-set but they still work for me. They're only half-adjustable but I really appreciate the fact that the non-adjustable part is made of the same non-stretchy satin as the cups. It gives a little of an edge to the support quality of the bra as a whole.

    The shape of the cups is perfect for my breasts. They're very separated and the cups are shallow enough that I don't get much gaping on either side of the narrow gore. They curve gently outward and don't thrust forward agressively.

    It's clear when you look at the picture that my bigger breast is the right one. There's the tiniest bit of gaping along the edge of the lace on my left one but the cup itself is filled perfectly.

    Perfect, rounded shape from the side. The Marie-Antoinette or 2 Cakes on a Plate kind of shape. My favorite kind! The Rhea gives a nice uplift and leaves you feeling very supported. The wires are of a perfect width. They enclose my breast tissue just the way I like it.

    Verdict:
    The Rhea is my favorite bra. It has everything: great quality, great apperance, great shape, great support.

    I definitely want this darling in another color. Just not the continuity colors of black or antique. I've fallen in love with the champagne/pink but it's even older than the antique ice and there isn't a single 28F anywhere. I was hoping Masquerade would introduce a new seasonal color but there's no Rhea in sight for either AW 2013 or SS 2014. Bummer.

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    Didn't fit

    Rhea is a true Marie Antoinette bra and gives a cakes-on-a-plate cleavage that is out of this world! The cups are very open at the top and accommodate upper fullness perfectly. This size is a bit small for me now, however, and I get some bubbling over the edge of the cups. It does enhance the look in a way, but I also feel like my boobs are about to fall out any minute. I’d like the cups to be a little bit higher.
    The look of the bra is very sophisticated with the black satin combined with gorgeous, thick lace at the top of the cups and on ... the band. The cups are thinly padded, but very stiff. The straps are not stretchy at all, and only partly adjustable. I have them adjusted almost to the loosest, but then again I have rather low-set breasts. Band is tight for 28, and fits perfectly for my 26" underbust (for some reason it still looks like it’s riding up). The gore is rather high, but it doesn’t dig into my sternum like some other Panache bras. It feels a little bit pinchy on my close-set boobs however. Also, I think that the cups are a bit too shallow on me, because the wires are pushing my ribcage under my breasts.
    Overall, the fit is decent and I love the look, but it’s not the most comfortable bra for me. I rarely wear it and sort of forgot I have one.

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    Didn't fit


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  8. 1
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    Didn't fit

    The band on this bra runs small, but it's not uncomfortable. It is made of a very soft material. The embellishments look nice but would probably show through any thin/tight material.

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    Hasn't set fit

    Bah! I was hoping a 28 would fit me better than this bra in it's 30E sister. The band felt stretched out from the start and had no elasticity. No matter how I wear this it rides up. I tried altering the band down and putting it on snug, tight, a little loose. No matter how tight it was to start out with it rode up in minutes. My 30E's band is obtuse and rides up eventually, but this one takes the cake.

    It looks great. It feels so soft, inside and out. The satin material feels just like you would expect - silky, smooth, light. The cotton ... is a very soft and comfortable variety, it feels similar to inside of EM's Klaudyna.The straps are wide set and I would love to move them a couple inches inward. They're also semi-adjustable and problematic. Likely in collusion with the strap's placement and band, I could never get them to exactly the right length and they would always slip off my shoulders. The cups seemed too shallow at the very bottom for me (so, average projection? Some projection is there), and the wires were about average width. I really wish the Rheas I have would work for me, but even after revisiting them after so long, they absolutely do not.

    I tried using a rixie clip and the material is too slick. All I accomplished was raking the fabric's surface.

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  10. 0
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    Didn't fit

    I have the antique ice version of this bra. The band is snug but comfortable. There are no defects with my bra either. :) There is gaping on top of cups.

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    • This bra is one of my most comfortable bras right now. Some of my other bras are having problems with the Center gore wires on my breast tissue in the middle. This bra is not giving me that problem. My boobs are more close set than I thought. Also from migration from my armpits this bra is fitting really nice.

    • Yeah, but I think I have narrow shoulder because these bra strap feel too wide. I think if I centered them or brought them in so they are no so wide, that the cups would no longer gape.

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