This is a beautifully made bra. It feels very secure when worn for long periods, the band has a rubbery lining to hold it it place. The shape of this bra is not ideal for low cut or a desire for cleavage. It holds and separates the breasts without pressing in too much. The band runs small and doesn't lend itself well to comfort.
This was one of the very first "profesionally fitted" bras I have purchased after learning that yes, 28D bras do exist, and no, I don't need to struggle in 32 bands anymore. Having virtually zero bra-fitting experience under my wing, one day I ventured into a brick-and-mortar store (which I am not going to name and shame, as they got much better since then), asking for a strapless bra to fit my shallow, wide-set and wide/tall-rooted chest. I was talked into buying this model despite feeling uncomfortable in it - the fitter reassured me that "a new size always takes a ...little getting used to". Now, in hindsight (and in comparison to other bras I have acquired since then) this model was a terrible mismatch with my silhouette type - something I should have noticed from the very second I put it on... I want to stress that I do think this, and not the sizing, is the very root of the problem here. Because everything Utopia does to my chest is wrong.
Specifically: -It is so, SO heavily underwired. It literally feels like armor. The underwires are very thick and the gore goes so high up it was painful to wear. Red marks are an understatement. -The cup is shaped in a way that's completely off the mark, at least for me. I get a major quadboob, even though I don't quite manage to fill the bottom of the cup (so the cups aren't too small). I've had the same issue with many other double-seamed models. One confusing aspect of this is that I'd class myself as relatively FOB (and definitely not FOT)...maybe it's a matter of projection. -Speaking of projection, it gives me none. It flattens my chest A LOT. -While the underwires managed to encase my wide roots quite well, I found that they were unable to stay in place with movement. This meant multiple readjustments throughout the day. - Worn without straps, this slid down from its proper position (inframammary fold). -The straps also had an annoying tendency of randomly detaching from the bra (not sure if this was some sort of a manufacturing fault?). -The overall look was unflattering despite the bra itself being beautifully made. It looks much better when it's off than on in my case... this is really quite unfortunate as I rather like the slightly retro, luxurious aesthetic. It's a shame as I like the high-end finish of this and I really wanted to like it.
Additionally: -The band runs tight as do all Masquerade satin bands (this was actually good for me, as I recently got measured at 26'') -The cups are finished with a quite solid trim - meaning, it won't be at all as forgiving as lace etc. in terms of disguising uneven breasts. Read more 357 more words
Edit: Having recently tried the Masquerade Rhea, I find that the shape of the Utopia strapless is extremely similar to Masquerade's most popular bra. Those who like the Rhea and are looking for a strapless should definitely look into this one.
I wasn’t wowed by the appearance of this bra when looking at pictures online, but in person it looks great, very sophisticated.
The Utopia runs snug like most Masquerade bras. When I first tried it on, I could only just barely fasten it around my 25 and a quarter inch ribcage. It has stretched a little, but it’s still tight for a 28 band. That’s probably a good thing, ...considering that the cups are too small/shallow for me. (Note, however, that while it is shallow, it is not any wider than my other Masquerade bras in 28E.) Worn as a strapless, the wires of the Utopia instantly slide down below my IMF, and the bottom of the cups crumple. This bra has basically zero immediate projection at the underwires, and I’m not even someone who needs all that much bottom projection. If I wear the straps, that helps keep it up somewhat, but I get quadboob. I think a 28F would have been a better fit for me in this bra, but it probably still wouldn’t have enough room on the bottom.
Fortunately, since the band is sufficiently snug, there is no danger of it falling off even though it doesn’t fit. It is wearable, if not ideal, and since I doubt I’m going to be able to find another strapless bra in a 28 band that isn’t insanely expensive, I’ll probably just make do with this for the time being. Read more 171 more words
The bra comes with removable straps but Bratabase didn't provide a place to measure them so here goes: 1.5cm, which is under 0.6".
There are bras that have received full marks in every aspect from me before but I think this bra needs a category above excellent.
I can't do the looks justice by just describing them.
Dark graphite satin with black detailing is a stunning combination. It reads darker in real life than on promotional images.
The bra is thoughtfully chic and embellished with soft lace detailing adorning the top of the cups, around the cup edges going up the side wing and as a fluttery detail on removable straps. ...There's a dainty picot trim adorning the vertical seams in the cups. There's an elegant metal filigree logo attached to the right side wing. It matches the hardware used on straps and the black and silver center gore button decorated with rhinestones. Hardware that's used is opulent and there's no effort to hide it, it's as if it's saying - okay, I have to be here, may as well look my best doing it.
The band is seriously firm. It would run tight even for a 30 band bra, I needed an extender to even get it on.
I think the cups might be a hint too tall and the bra a hint not projected enough for me but it does lock me in very securely.
I will be getting it in a larger band size. Read more 133 more words