Review: Fantasie Smoothing T-shirt bra (4510) in 30FF

I am always on the look out for some good T-shirt bras in the full bust world. While each of the big brands has a few different seamless styles that purportedly give a smooth shape under clothes, it’s still sometimes not easy to find a holy grail – that one that really works for you.

Most seamless bras are padded bras made with foam moulding. This means that the cups themselves are moulded into a shape, and the fit depends on how much that shape matches the shape of your boobs (seamed, non-moulded bras, on the other hand, allow seams to give the support while the fabric of the bra then conforms more to the shape of your breast).  For this reason, moulded bras can be a tricky fit! The usual problem is that they are too shallow or too wide, and an additional problem is that there are few of this style that go past a UK H cup. 

I have reviewed (and own, and wear) a variety of different T-shirt bras. Most are not quite perfect for me because of shallowness or because the thick foam makes my boobs look too big for my frame! Today, for example, I wore my nude Cleo Maddie under a fitted shirt, tucked into some higher waisted slacks, and I’m pretty sure I looked slightly pornstar-esque. Oops :/

Enter the Fantasie Smoothing T-shirt bra, in 30FF:

  
This bra gives a slightly more minimized look under clothes compared to your Decos and your Cleos. And there are many other advantages. 

 
For one, so comfortable. Every part of this bra. So soft. Second, the cups fit me like a glove. They are more projected at the bottom of the cups compared to your average moulded bra in this size range, and the tops of the cups are open enough for upper and inner fullness. 

   
The bra gives just the right amount of uplift and cleavage (it’s actually pretty sexy – much more so than Fantasie’s other smooth styles like Rebecca, which was too full-coverage and blah on me), but there is also a good amount of containment for everyday wear because of the balcony cut and higher gore. The cup height is low enough, however, that it works well with lower necklines, especially scoop necks. The amount of padding is just right, too. Not too thick or too rigid, but thick enough that it hides most “nipplage”.

 
Fantasie, in my experience, has very consistent sizing, and the cups run one cup size large compared to many other brands. So you wanna size down. I am consistently 30FF in Fantasie, even though I am commonly 30G in other brands. This style goes up to a H cup, and down in band size to a 30. While I usually find Fantasie 30 bands to be too large for me, this one is actually tighter – or at least more supportive. 

   
Wires are not insanely wide, nor are they narrow. I like ’em. 

 
Now the silliest thing here is that this is a T-shirt bra, and I forgot to take pics with a shirt on! Whoops! Trust me though – this bra is the best I have ever seen under a shirt. Don’t see a thing! Usually I can see the tops of the cups at least a little through a shirt for most moulded bras (Deco, Parfait Casey, Cleo Neve,  Panache Porcelain Plunge – Cleo Maddie is actually not bad on this point though), but for this one it’s invisible perfection. 

What do you think of this bra? Have you given it a try?

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8 thoughts on “Review: Fantasie Smoothing T-shirt bra (4510) in 30FF

  1. I’m really tempted to try this bra. I’ve mostly avoided Fantasie because I also have the Rebecca and found it to be very “blah”. But this seems like it might be worth it.

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    • There are quite a few on eBay for closer to half retail price, FYI! The fit is definitely more structured and also “less cup” than Rebecca – if you have the right size. Rebecca covered up most of my breasts in the same size, 30FF, and certainly was more matronly. Rebecca was also the first I tried from Fantasie, too. Since then I have been quite happy with their newer padded half cups (Ivana and Mae – and I am looking forward to their new Francesca longline!), their unlined vertical seam bra Allegra, and this smoothing bra in the post. I’ve written reviews of all these others if you’re interested! The unlined balconies and side support bras seem to be no-go’s for me though. Can’t win them all šŸ˜‰

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  2. I’ve been wearing the 4510 for a few years now and love it. I just wish it was a little prettier so I am always on the prowl for a different model. I too tried the Rebecca and hated it because I felt like I sagged without my molded cups. I was searching for an alternative but I think I might just order more 4510s and save the time. I am a 34F in this bra, I’ve tried other UK brands in 34F and the US brands in 34G and nothing fits like this bra. I’m ok with it being more of a minimalist bra because they are big enough!!!! LOL

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    • Haha! Yeah it’s a great fitting but terribly plain (I like how you put it – minimalistic) bra. I have always toyed with the idea of decorating plain bras. It might be worthwhile considering adding a couple bows (or even a lace overlay if you’re crafty!) to the 4510!

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      • OMG, I am super crafty and SEW, ugh, I totally didn’t think of that. ROFL I guess I thought I would just find something else and be like “Tada!” I’m 45 and had 1 child so I still need a little help and can not stand to get the quadboob, drives me batty. It would just be nice to have other colors besides nude and black but so be it, that is unless you guys have one you think I should try. All ideas are welcomed!!!! LOL (glad i’m not the only one with this issue)

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  3. Hi! Just found your blog and it has been helpful so, thank you!! Just received this bra in the mail today and was praying that i ordered the right size as i was just recently fitted and learned my proper size. I wanted so desperately to love this bra but sadly, I don’t like how it looks under my shirts. It looks beautiful on but under my tops it looks too pointy/prominent for my liking. Currently, I have only one bra that fits so I wanted to cry when this one did not, Another week till i receive another bra in the mail. I’m tempted to go back to the bra shop where i was sized but it’s soooooo expensive. I could get 2 bras for what they charge for 1.

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