Review: Comexim Rita in 65J

When I first glimpsed Comexim’s Rita plunge on Comexim’s Facebook page a few months ago, I knew that it was THE Comexim set of the season for me. I need a fantastic red bra, this one has eyelash lace, and the matching thong is exquisite. Knowing that Comexim orders take about a month to fulfill (3 weeks if you are very lucky), my goal was Valentine’s Day.

I was so excited for my Valentine’s set! When I pulled it out of the box, I was very happy:

   

The lace overlay on this one is really pretty, and the black velvet bows are pretty cool too.

  

You can imagine my disappointment when the dear thing did not fit!

  

You’ll see a bunch of photos where the fit doesn’t look too bad. Which makes sense – it’s not a total disaster. The problem is when I move my shoulders back ever so slightly, or even take a breath – quadboob city all along the cup edges. 

I bought my usual Comexim plunge size. Why the problem, then? Well, Rita is not the standard plunge cut Comexim offers, but is a plunge that has a lower gore and slightly shallower cups (Ginger, another pretty style, is also this cut). Now, the width of the cups is about the same as the standard plunge’s cups – at this size around 5.5 inches – so the fact that the bra is more shallow and yet the same width makes this cut fit a cup size smaller than the standard plunge. 

Either way, shapewise this cut fits breasts that are slightly more shallow – and particularly shallower on top. The bra still has overall projection near the apex (like the standard plunges), so I do not think this bra would work with overall shallowness. That is, the bra seems to require some fullness, but that fullness needs to be around the apex or on bottom. If you have a lot of upper projection, upper fullness, or tall roots, the standard plunge will get along with you much better!

Luckily, you can ask Comexim to sew the bra for you in the standard cut, if you’d like. I’ve also noted that the Canadian online store Bra Obsessed also sells the standard plunge cut of Rita, instead of the lower coverage option. 

  

I really do like the lower gore on this plunge, and wonder if I can get better results by asking for a standard plunge with a reduced gore. Or does a reduced gore always result in a shallower top for Comexim? Anyone have experience?

  

Another disappointment was the thong. I am an XS or S in American/UK brands, and own a Comexim brief in size S that actually could be a bit smaller. So I ordered a S in this thong, and it’s teeny! Too tight on me, for sure.  You can see it cutting into my sides in the photos. 

I do love the black color-blocking in this set, I gotta say. It gives a set that has all the traditional hot and sexy elements a cool and contemporary feel as well. 

  

Besides checking out Comexim’s usual narrow wires below, check out that quadboob.  Oof!

  

While there does seem to be a shape incompatibility for me with this cut, I do wonder if I could still get a good fit one cup size up. A future experiment, perhaps? 

  

You can see, below, the good apex (and even bottom, it appears) projection this bra offers. Seriously, if you’re full on bottom, you may want to give this cut a try!

  

This is standing normally:

  

So far so good. But see what happens if I stand up a little straighter:

 

Oy. I just couldn’t handle that!

Under a shirt, a perfect delight:
   

Not too much visibility at all. Nice.
 
  

But don’t worry, if you’re in the mood 😉 to be a little less covert:

 

I really enjoy the design of the Rita set, and I so wish it worked for me. Maybe another day, maybe another size. Sigh.

Next week I bring you the incredibly glamorous Ewa Michalak PL Zlote Oko, from the U.S. online boutique Zathiya. Seriously, if you want new Ewa Michalak or Comexim bras (at great prices) and not have to wait the usual month(s) for them to ship to you, get your butt over to Zathiya!

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Review: Ewa Michalak CHP Famme Fatale in 65FF

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

I’m sick this Valentine’s Day with the ubiquitous February cold, so I’ve just been lying on the couch in head-to-toe fleece, with a fleece blanket on top for good measure, watching British sitcoms on Netflix (this is not too different from when I’m not sick, however). 

In an alternate universe, however, I may be all dressed up going out to dinner, with Ewa Michalak’s Famme Fatale underneath:

 

This is an older CHP model, and I’m afraid it is no longer being sold on the website. If you do covet it, keep your eye on the secondhand market! You may get lucky!

I did get lucky. This set is really, really cool and unique. It’s so good, that I had to grab it, even though it was size 65FF. Just like my 65FF CHP Lawenda, this darling bra is also technically too small for me. The boobs are smushed into the cups fairly precariously! However, CHP cups are so open on top that they can take some extra tissue, if that extra tissue is upper fullness. 65G would surely provide a more secure and best fit for me, but 65FF in this discontinued special will have to do! 😀  

  

Like other CHPs, this bra comes with pads you can add (into inner sleeves) for extra boost or to correct assymetry, which is a great option. These photos are without the pads. This size definitely does not fit me with the pads!

  

Explicit corsetry detailing, low coverage, cleavage galore (especially if you go down a size!), a touch of eyelash lace, decorated straps, a giant bow – all make this bra an exemplar of sexy fabulousness!

  

An unexpected and romantic leaf design constitutes the lace pattern, as you can see above. 

  

Below, CHP’s bottom projection, narrower wires, and inimitable round shape are quite evident: 

  

(Yeah, my boobs are like, uhh Mom, can’t you get us a G cup?)

The matching thong is my first panty from the brand, and I am impressed. I have heard from many sources that Ewa’s panties are very comfortable and lovely, and this is entirely true. These are size 36, and they fit very well. They do not dig in, and they hug in the right places. The fabric is soft and easy.  And Ewa is not afraid of adding a big, wonderful bow to the back:

  

Some more technical details before we go. My CHP Lawenda had only partially adjustable straps (and I have to use a Strap Saver to make it work), but Famme Fatale, even with the front strap design, adjusts short enough for my short upper torso and high set boobs. If partially adjustable straps don’t work for you, be attentive when you order – the majority of Ewa’s bras are fully adjustable (it seems) but there are certainly quite a few that are not.

 

Can I say much about the comfort of this bra? I almost want to hold off on judging the comfort of CHP until I try a 65G. 65G would probably be my best cup size, but I do wonder how much the wires would increase in width or length, and whether the bra would be significantly more wideset (especially in the straps), which could decrease the comfort for me. I think that because this size is 65FF that its petiteness may work in my favor, comfort wise. Hoping a 65G could be just as comfortable!

What is your Valentine’s Day lingerie staple?

Review: Comexim Beauty Halfcup in 65J

It may appear I have a black and beige bra problem. Today’s post features one, my last post featured one (Comexim Geisha), a few posts ago featured one (Chantelle Intuition), and one of my upcoming posts will feature one. What the heck!?

It’s entirely unintentional and contingent, believe me.  I did buy the Chantelle Intuition new, fully on purpose, but the 3 consequent beige/black bras were bought used. When the price is right, and when it’s Comexim or Ewa Michalak, you don’t nitpick the colors – you go for it, man!

Today I have for you Comexim Beauty halfcup, in size 65J.  Now, I have a lot of things to say about this bra – mostly analytical. How does this halfcup compare to the last Comexim halfcup I tried? How does the sizing compare to that of the Comexim plunges? I will let you know my own observations, with the caveat that my sample size is still pretty small.

But first, a gander:

 

Besides being able to see immediately how well this bra fits me, it should also be apparent that this is a good looking black and beige bra, at least! The lace overlay is classic, the black lace along the cup edges mixed with the embellished seams is bold, and the bows are distinguished and classy. (The panties are not Comexim – but I did a good job matching this time, didn’t I?)

  
  

Fit wise, well, I think this might be the best fit I have ever had. I made that remark about Geisha in my last post, but the times have changed. These cups fit like a glove, there is laudable room for inner and outer fullness, there is the perfect amount of coverage (not too much, not too little), the bra has been comfortable sitting around all day (some armpit touching, but not too bad), soft, comfy wires, the cleavage looks good, the projection is about right for me, the gore tacks but not too hard that it hurts – total win!

  

Now, you can see clearly that each cup in this halfcup has 2 vertical seams. This is Comexim’s 2 seam/3 part halfcup. This is valuable information, and something I recently learned about from the bra-fitting community – First, I think, from The Photog’s Brog, when she reviewed her Sonia and Victoria halfcups, and noted they each had two vertical seams per cup. My brows furrowed, because this contrasted with my Victoria, which only had one vertical seam per cup! 

My one seamed Victoria was not a good fit for me (too shallow) so I had been wondering if the two seamed halfcup would be a better fit. I hypothesized that it would, for 2 reasons: 1. My Comexim Joy longline had 2 seams per cup, and seemed better shapewise than Victoria had been, even though it was a bit too small to be certain. 2. The Photog’s brog offered a great Comparison of Comexim’s 2 seamed halfcups with Ewa Michalak’s CHP cut, and my overall takeaway was that if you have a good fit in CHP (I do), then Comexim’s 2 seamer should be a somewhat similar fit. 

See for yourself – the 2 vertical seams per cup on Beauty:
  

Amazing how the number of seams can make such a difference – I mean, duh, but I am fairly new to the science of bra construction and I didn’t even notice that my Victoria only had 1 seam!

Here, remember, is Victoria:
   

The shallowness and quadding is easier to see in the next photo. Note that this is the same size as my Beauty halfcup, 65J:
 

In the photo of Beauty below you can easily see the bottom of the cups allow for more projection (the Victoria cups curve upward quickly), and the cups remain more open on top. This indeed reminds me of Ewa Michalak’s CHP. 

  

Sources say that you can ask Comexim to make any of their halfcups with 2 seams instead of only 1, in the comments form when you order, for no extra charge. I will definitely be specifying this on future orders, especially since it is not always clear from the website photos which bras have how many seams! If you are shallower, however, you may want to specify the 1 seamed halfcup, of course. 

Some cool eyelash lace overlaying the beige band:

  

Above you can also see that the wires are not the narrowest Polish wires. The photo below, comparing a Comexim plunge in the same cup volume to the Beauty halfcup, makes this exceedingly evident:

  

(I think the angle of the photo might make the difference look even greater than it is, to be fair). The plunge’s wires measure a little less than 5.5 inches, while the halfcup’s wires are around 6 inches in length. The plunge’s wires are particularly U-shaped, while the halfcup’s wires are more smile-shaped. Honestly, both work fine for me. Comexim’s wires are fairly soft and flexible, so I have discomfort with neither configuration. 

A few more considerations regarding Comexim’s plunges and the 2 seamed halfcup: first, many people have said that one should size up from their normal Comexim plunge size for the halfcups. This may be true for the 1 seamed halfcups, but this was not true for me for the 2 seamed halfcup (though my sample size is limited). I am wearing the same cup volume in Beauty as my Geisha plunge. However, I also have fit fairly well in plunges one cup volume size down as well – so go figure!  

   

In the photo above, the difference in the cuts is also perhaps helpful. The halfcup is slightly lower cut (more horizontal cups) with a slightly higher gore (3 inches), while the plunge is slightly taller (by a half an inch) from the bottom of the strap to the middle of the bottom of the cup, and has a gore which measures about 2.75 inches. Both bras are fairly projected, though the halfcup has more projection at the bottom, and the plunge has more at the apex. 

Some photos of the plunge and the halfcup together, in the same cup volume:
    

    

Ok! I think I’ve said my piece, by this point!

  
Seriously though, I love this fit.

And the best part is that a Comexim bra, including shipping, is about 40 USD. It will take about a month to get to you – but the wait builds character! 😉  

 

Under a shirt:
   

Yes. I love it. Ok, so it’s still more projected than my ideal (my minimized, shallower “ideal” can only be achieved in an ill-fitting bra though…), and the seams show a bit, but the silhouette is round and not overly bulky. Looks a little like Cleo.

 

Until next time, folks!