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This bra is a little too big in the cups for me, as it runs quite large. It's also quite tight in the band, which is great for me as I really need a 26. It's a great bra if you're full on top as the cups are quite open, but even if you're not you can still get a good Marie Antoinette style cleavage! It's one of the few balconette bras I can manage to wear, as my boobs are very close set and the centre gore on this is narrow. The straps are only partly adjustable, which is a problem for me as I can't get them short enough.
It's a gorgeous bra, really sexy and very well made. Perhaps not everyone's cup of tea for everyday wear due to the cleavage, but the rounded shape is very wearable under a high-necked top too. I'd definitely recommend it!
Updated on Aug 12, 2012 Flag this
Really nice, soft fabrics, but the straps are a bit slippy on my narrow shoulders and don't adjust short enough. VERY shallow.
Updated on Oct 20, 2015 Flag this
Well, I love the color - I immediately snapped it up on braswap once I saw it was the bravissimo exclusive blue. It's beautiful just like all Masquerades. I'm not sure on the fit. There's tons of information about this bra on here, but here's what I found in regards to mine specifically.
Wire width is ok, wing height is better than my Celene. Cups look and feel soooo shallow. I don't see much visible wrinkling in the bottom, but it feels like the bra is trying to push my boobs in and up and my boobs don't really want to. I think ... all of this would be somewhat mitigated if the bra was just a bit deeper, but I only measured it at 9.1" and 9.5" seems to be my sweet spot. I fear a 28GG would have tons of extra space at the top of the very open cups.
Oh and this band is tiiiight. Stretched to 27." I can close it, if I don't want to breathe. So I added an extender. I'll probably post a fit request.
Updated on Aug 03, 2015 Flag this
I just transferred my Parfait Charlotte for this bra and I'm SO loving it!! I wasn't even looking for it. I was just trying to find a happy home for my Charlotte bra and was willing to exchange for anything in a 28G. I must have seen this bra HUNDREDS of times before but always seemed to overlook it, as nothing extraordinary about it ever caught my eye. But man, was I wrong! I completely underestimated this bra!! It's absolutely gorgeous!! So elegant, and simple, yet sexy and supportive all in one!
First things first, I have a very narrow, petite underbust (26"), and bras are usually either WAY ... too tight or just too loose...the band on this is PERFECT! It's very tight and snug but just stretchy enough to where I can breathe comfortably without feeling like my ribcage is about to implode! I've had it on the loosest hook for several hours now and it hasn't budged! I'd prob say the band is my fav aspect of this bra. I couldn't even attempt to hook it on the tightest hook yet.
The cups are pretty tall, at least taller than I was expecting. But for once I'm not quad boobing out of the thing. The top of the cup lies perfectly against the top of my boob. However, if I scoop n swoop too much I do start to spill out over the top. I wonder if maybe a 28GG might be a little better. But my only gripe about the cup is the empty fabric at the bottom, which is causing very minor wrinkling, tho I fill out the cup. Strange. But it's hardly noticeable, esp in this black colorway. The other thing I don't quite care for is how low the cup comes, the wires are sitting directly on my ribs, maybe that's what's causing the wrinkling ? I def feel like ALL of my boob is encased in the sides and I think the placement of the straps has a lot to do with that. They are pretty far out but it seems to be working better than if they weren't, if that makes sense. The straps are not fully adjustable but it's not a problem for me. They are thin but don't seem to be digging in.
The gore is fairly tall (about 3" or so) and it's not causing me or my close-set boobs a problem, so far. I will update after wearing it for a full day. But with the gore being so high it kind of prevents me from obtaining any kind of cleavage whatsoever, but that's not what I was going for anyway. Instead, this bra provides an amazing lift. It reminds me much like the Curvy Kate Showgirl collection, but my CK Thrill Me couldn't hold a candle to this bra
This bra is just so darn beautiful that I want one in every color now! I would def recommend this bra, esp for even or FOT shapes. I'm not so sure there is enough immediate projection for FOB, and it will prob gap at the top. But all in all, this is a very pretty, shiny, well-constructed, sturdy bra. And the briefs are even more comfy than the bra, for anyone who might be interested (I have the briefs in a UK size 8). I almost feel like I made out like a bandit in this exchange and had no idea! Lol, THANK YOU!!
Update: after trying this on again, I don't think it's gonna work for my shape. I need more of plunge. The gore did start to bother me after a bit, and it just doesn't look as good as when I first tried it on. My boobs grew about another inch in the bust so maybe sizing up in the cup might do the trick. So sad, it's such a beautiful bra with a near-perfect fit.
Updated on Feb 16, 2015 Flag this
Fits comfortably with the exception of my not filling the tops of the cups; would be better suited for a "full-on-top" rather than my "full-on-bottom".
Updated on Jan 15, 2015 Flag this
I love this bra! It manages to lift my separated, full on bottom boobs into a lovely uplifted, rounded shape.
High quality, beautiful detailing.
I measure 29 inches underbust, and the 28 is too small for me. I can probably just do it up, but I bought it second hand, so the hooks are a little loose. It fits perfectly with an extender.
The straps are a little wide, but nothing too bad. There's very little stretch, so they don't fall down at all.
Really love it, even wearing for a 10 hour shift, it still fits fine with no adjusting! Shame there aren't more fashion colourways now, I'd buy in every colour!
Updated on Oct 31, 2014 Flag this
This has a stretchier band than the black, and is definitely more comfortable. I love the lining to the Rheas, as it's less irritating than some of the scratchy unlined Panache and Freya bras.
Definitely fits well in the cups, and there's no sign of overspill.
Updated on Oct 09, 2014 Flag this
The band is a little tighter than in the Antique brown colour, but that's likely to be because of the black dye phenomenom. It's a really beautiful bra, and it actually fits without overspill in the bottom or top (unlike my old bras), which is the best part.
Updated on Oct 09, 2014 Flag this
Can't even fasten the band so I am unable to provide a review. Band is way too tight for me and I can't locate my extender.
Updated on May 04, 2014 Flag this
Oh, now I am disappointed. I thought this would the bra, but, well.
Wires are wide enough for my wide set breasts, and the band is firm and tight. Shoulder straps were surprisingly close together as I had read they'd be far apart. Straps being farther would have saved a lot.
But the cup shape caused problems for me. These wide wires alone weren't enough as I do have lots of boob flesh on the sides, Rhea tried to push everything in front of me, because there was too little space in the cup under the armpit. But the front section gaped because my lack of projection in that area. People have written that Rhea gives a rounded shape, unfortunately that didn't apply on me. Too bad, would have loved.
Updated on Nov 21, 2013 Flag this
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