Review: Chantelle Intuition Plunge in 30H, and Hipster 

I am reviewing quite the pretty one today!  Take a close look, before I start my jabbering:

  

This is the Chantelle Intuition Three Part Plunge in US size 30H (UK size 30FF) – which is the largest cup/smallest band size combination for this model. Like one of my favorite everyday bras (for its minimizing appearance – great for work and blousy tops!), Chantelle’s C Chic Sexy Unlined Plunge, this model also runs somewhat large in the cups – if you lean towards a UK 30G like I do, you may be able to fit in the 30H/30FF size.

Flashback to Chantelle C Chic Sexy in 30H:

   

 
Chantelle Intuition is similar in construction to the C Chic, but it has slightly narrower wires (C Chic has very wide wires), and definitely more projection at the apex (C Chic is fairly shallow throughout, which gives the very minimizing silhouette the photo above exhibits). 

With these attributes, Intuition is a bit more like Passionata’s Starlight Plunge (Passionata is a Chantelle brand), shown below, than C Chic, if you would like a point of reference. 

 

 
Ok, back to photos of Intuition! I first discovered Intuition at Nordstrom about a month ago, fell in love immediately, and though I waited until I had a 30% off discount at Barenecessities, still spent more than I wanted to and more than I usually do – especially since I had to have the whole set! Darn me! The bra retails at $88, and the panties (a tanga, hipster, and bikini) retail around $33 each. 

Below is at Nordstrom with the tanga panty, which I prefer but didn’t end up buying, for the mundane reason that I couldn’t find it on sale:

   

And here is the bra with the hipster, which is also quite nice. The back is cheeky and sheer with a cute bow detail. 
  

The aesthetic here is a perfect combination of timeless beauty and sexy. The embroideried flowers are so serene, too. Note the teeny cut-out at the gore, and finely sculpted black bow right below (dramatic description – but I love an especially good bow!). The bottom of the cups feature a champagne color with a slight sheen. So tasteful and unique.

  
  

The photos do reveal some shallowness at the bottom of the cup, which isn’t suitable for everyone. Though I have some bottom projection, my breasts are malleable enough that I do not experience fit problems due to this issue. Note, again, that there is some apex projection. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend this bra at this size for all-over shallow breasts. This bra, at this size, wants some fullness. 

 
  

Even fullness would probably be best. There is the teeniest cutting-in effect on my upper fullness/tall roots. Definitely not enough to stop me from loving the fit of this bra!

  

The photo below may reveal the slightest bit of intra-cup quadboob too (because of the change in material between the two halves of the cup), but this is only a potential problem if you have softer (not firm) breasts. 
  

A view of the wires:

  

On the wider side, but nothing too dramatic. Also, gives a rounded, natural shape. 
 

Chantelle’s 30 band in general is not the tightest 30 band ever, and this one is no exception, but they are usually rather sturdy and supportive. This band has 2 rows and 4 columns of hooks (The Passionata, above, also surprised me with the 4 columns)!  Nice touch! This makes me feel a little better about needing to start on the second column of hooks for requisite tightness. 

 
  

 

Well, what else can I say? I’m a fan!

The Intuition Plunge also comes in white and light blue, and in an unlined Demi that has a much smaller size range (sadly). I do wish Chantelle would consider expanding beyond a US H cup (and very few of their present styles even go up this high. Maybe 3?).  What do you think?

Review: Comexim Victoria in 65J

Review: Comexim Victoria in 65J

I pretty much ordered Comexim’s new Victoria halfcup right when it went up on the website last month. Eyelash lace. Navy. Eyelash lace. Navy. Yes yes yes!

I have good fits in Comexim plunges in sizes 60J and 65HH (roughly, UK sizes 28GG and 30G).  The only halfcup I had tried was in longline form, the gorgeous Joy longline. At the time, I took the advice of others, and went up one cup size for the halfcups –  to 60K.  It was a fairly good fit (more on that in a little bit, below), so I decided to go with an equivalent cup size for Victoria, going with 65J (60K was not listed as a possible selection on the website – not sure why).

My first order from Comexim last Spring took exactly 3 weeks. This time it took longer to sew the bra, and the bra didn’t ship for 3 weeks, and then arrived around the 4 week mark. I should also note that while my first order had a working USPS tracking number, this second order’s tracking number never worked for USPS. I am not sure why, and I know I wasn’t the only one having this problem. I hope it can get fixed – it’s scary ordering from Poland without being able to keep close tabs on your package! I also had to sign for this one, FYI.

Though it’s rough to wait so long for a bra, especially in the days of Amazon Prime 2 day shipping, I do think it’s worth it to have a bra made to order for you. Quite special. 

Including shipping, this beautiful bra cost about $40. Total bargain. Let’s take a look:

  

So fancy. My boobs are feeling pampered. 
  

Upon first putting this bra on, however, I was surprised at how much cup coverage there was. I think it looks more full coverage because of the eyelash lace extending off the cups. There is some nice cleavage, however, and I welcome the narrow gore (good for close set breasts).

The padding is Comexim’s usual very light foam, which I enjoy. The materials are smooth and comfortable, though the comfort is compromised a tad by the ubiquitous straps-in-armpits phenomenon. Honestly, I think I am starting to get used to that feeling?

  

Comexim halfcups, as many have declared, are more shallow than the plunges – particularly at the apex. I think this halfcup in particular may be more shallow than the halfcup on my Joy longline, however. The bottom is not too bad in terms of projection, and there is some good inner projection for inner fullness as well – rather, my main issue is the slight shallowness of the tops of the cups (or maybe the cups are simply too small? It is hard to tell!). In the next few photos you will see the resulting quadboob, which made this bra in this size unfortunately untenable for me. I did sell sweet, sweet Victoria. 

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Above, the wires are still pretty darn narrow! Especially for a half cup. 

  

Oof – quadboob. Particularly when I stand up straight. 

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Brilliant round shape as usual, though. 

  

Below is a photo of Joy longline in the same cup size.  The quadboob situation is not as precarious, but now that I think about it, this may be because the wires don’t fully tack on the longline. I remembered a little too late that if I push the wires in, there is more quadboob. What this means is that my real size in the halfcups is actually 2 cups higher than my plunge size – a 60L or 65K. Seeing as I have not tried these sizes yet, however, there is a chance those sizes might be too big (since the lower sizes are so close to working).  If that’s the case, and I am somewhere in between sizes, or there is a shape mismatch – well, then what a freaking shame!
  

I really adore the eyelash lace on the wings. Nice touch:

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The 65J band had 4 columns and 3 rows of hooks and eyes. It is nice to have that extra column to give the bra longevity. My 27ish inch underbust fit best on the second hooks. Because the band is wide, it feels very supportive, and is flattering on back fat. 

  

Under a shirt, below, fantastic cleavage, and hardly any sign of seams:

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From the front, the breasts appear spread out and wide. This results in a slightly more minimized look from the side:

 

All in all, I wish this bra worked better for me. I definitely want to try another Comexim halfcup, but I am unsure regarding size and alterations! Anyone have any ideas? And boy do I have a lot to choose from: between Comexim’s latest offerings up on their new website, and some of their older offerings I am still drooling over, I just made a wishlist about 10 “candidates” long last night…

Save me!

Coming up next – the delightfully mod Cleo Hettie set and an AMAZING Chantelle set that I, apparently, had to have. 

Review: Freya Rio Balcony bra in 30FF

To continue my summary of my rendez-vous with Nordstrom last week, I have a quick review of the Freya Rio balcony bra. I have been wanting to try this bra for a long time! Freya offers many of their padded half cup and balcony plunge styles each season, but it seems like the plain ol’ balcony is a rare breed. 

This balcony has a classic shape – it is an unlined 3 part cup with some vertical seaming. It is also a classic bra for Freya – it has been a best-seller for many years, and is available in continuity colors black, beige, and white. 

I was really excited about the Jade fashion colorway when I saw the Autumn/Winter previews. It’s such a pretty shade!

Here’s Rio, in 30FF:

  

Rio is really cool looking. “They” describe it as having a “modern mesh look with chain link detail.” I guess? Haha. Anyway, it is not lacy, no flowers, no print – but it’s a good looking bra on its own terms!

  

My first impression when I put on this bra was that it seemed a teeny bit constrictive at the tops of the cups. This surprised me because I had heard this bra is good for a full on top shape. However, after I settled in, it’s really not bad at all, and I do think the tops would probably loosen over time. It’s totally workable. Because the cups aren’t very open, it’s not going to allow your full on top boobs to do what they do best – give super cleavage! – but it’s still a good fit, albeit more subtle and natural. 

  

I’m such a big fan of this color with my fair skin tone, and I love the hardware and cup edges!

  

I didn’t get a good photo of the wires, but I do not recall them being narrow. They were probably medium in length. There is some room for immediate projection at the bottom of the cup as well. This bra at this size definitely requires some overall projection. Shape is nice: a very subtle and rounded point. Probably very flattering under a top, though I didn’t try it!

 

The bra felt comfortable all around, though comfort is, frankly, hard to tell after wearing it for only five minutes. The 30 band felt fairly firm, but I have never owned a Freya 30 band and do not know how easily they stretch out firsthand (I have heard they get pretty stretchy). This bra does come in a 28 band, however, and goes up to a 38 band and an H cup.

I like this bra, and to be honest, I miss it! 😉

Anyone else have an opinion on Rio? How does it hold up to wear?

Reviews: Panache Black Esme and Panache Clara

One day, my friends, I hope to be able to walk into a Nordstrom, nonchalantly pick out a few lingerie sets that strike my fancy (and a silk chemise, of course), and take them home with me in a big Nordstrom bag. Life goals!

But that is not this day. I am simply too poor, and too obsessed with many bras, to justify not having to discount search for bras online. 

Nonetheless, I had a very nice trip to Nordstrom yesterday, and was able to try on a lot of bras I have not yet been able to try! I will share my experience of these new bras in the next few posts. For today, I will start with a new offering from Panache Black, Panache’s “luxury” brand, and a new colorway of a well-known style from Panache: the Panache Black Esme and the Panache Clara respectively. 

Panache Black is the new label for Panache’s former luxury line Masquerade. I had never tried a Masquerade bra, but did enjoy trying and reviewing the Panache Black Loren on the blog last Spring: Link here

Panache Esme is super cool and sophisticated in its styling. Panache describes the bra in the following way: “Using the same shape as Panache favourite Jasmine, the Esme balconnet features French designed delicate lace, layered over Nude mesh with a beautiful velvet bow and gold trinket detail featuring a black rhinestone for a subtle touch of extavagance.”

Was this bra like the Jasmine as they claim? We shall see.

Below is size 32F (they did not have 30FF at my Nordstrom). 

   
This non-padded bra is made out of a very soft, stretchy fabric. The stretchiness makes the bra very comfortable. However, the stretchiness also makes the bra less supportive – and hence gives a more natural shape. This is very different from Jasmine, which is very supportive and uplifting – likely due to the stiffer fabric used. 

The bra is also not great if you are full on top – unlike the Jasmine which has stretch lace on top to accommodate upper fullness.  I think the cup size here would be great for me as long as the bra were more open on top. Unfortunately, the top of the bra instead cuts in and gives me quadboob:

 
The shape is not too pointy, but it is rather projected. In fact, there is some good immediate projection in this bra. This bra, I think, would be lovely if you are full on bottom! In this size (32F), the wires seem surprisingly narrow, too. Jasmine also has narrower wires, so there is at least one similarity.

I decided to try up a cup size, 32FF.  This cup size fits well, but there is more cup than I generally need in a bra, and because the cups are so stretchy, there is even less of the tension required to hold my boobs up! – so I am getting even less support or uplift (in retrospect, I am wondering if a tighter band would mitigate the issues with support). It still looks rather nice though:

   
This is definitely one to buy the matching panty for! The high-waisted panty is sheer with the same cool pattern as the bra, and sheer all the way through the back (sexy!). It gives a cheeky fit in the back, to boot. 

Below, we see clearly no quadboob, but little uplift. The wires are also wider in size 32FF.

 
The band is true to size for 32FF, so it is riding up on me:

   
Seriously awesome panty!

 
 Aesthetically, I’m also really digging the black lines throughout the whole set, conjoined with the visible seams.

Well, I do hope someone else can enjoy these beauties. As they say, Get thee to a Nordstrom! Oh wait… they don’t say that? 

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Next, I have for you Panache Clara in the new Navy/Jade colorway. I have tried and reviewed (on the blog) the Clara in the Gold/Black colorway (Link here) – with mixed results – but I was so enamoured in the current mermaid colors that I had to try it on again:

   
Above, the bra in 32F (they did not have 30FF). Compared to the Gold/Black colorway in 30FF, this one is giving more quadboob. I am not sure if there is a slight difference in sizing between the colorways, or whether my boobs have changed since last Spring!

 
Good view of the quadboob:

   
I couldn’t, of course, deny the beauty of this bra. The colors and lace are amazing here. Stop being so damn shallow, please!

I decided to try one cup size up – 32FF. Now, the quadboob issue is resolved, but there is again a lot more cup and less uplift, as well as a lack of the cleavage that I prefer in bras. I can definitely use a narrower gore, less shallow cups (especially on the bottom), and narrower wires. 

    
 
Even though Clara is definitely not the best fit on me, I do not think I’ll be able to stop myself from trying the Red and Duck Blue colorways Spring is offering!

More to come from my Nordstrom trip soon – including Fantasie, Freya, Cleo, and an amazing new Chantelle.