Bluebella More Aura Cage bra in 32FF

My readers, I have for you today a look at a brand that has (lately) been making the rounds in the full bust blogosphere.

You may have first read about UK lingerie brand Bluebella’s new fuller bust DD+ range called Moreon Sweet Nothings’ detailed blog a few months ago. That’s precisely when the brand came on my radar. I was extremely attracted to the Aura and the Iana. The first for its strappy back and strappy gore, and the second for its fresh and modern aesthetic. Since then, you may have very recently come across some reviews of Bluebella More bras from Cakes on a Plate, Big Cup Little Cup, and Sweet Nothings

Before I show you Aura, which I was pretty darn happy to have sent to me by the Bluebella folks, here’s a few things to note about the company:  first, the size range is 32-38 DD-G (UK sizing).  This is not the widest size range, for sure, but it’s a good start for a company venturing into full bust territory, which, I understand, can be a risky move.   Learning about Bluebella, I was particularly pleased with their prices (the Aura retails at 32 GBP, or about 48 USD!), their shipping (to the US it is free if you spend over 30 GBP), and their return policy (free returns if you’re in the UK!). 

So, here’s what the Aura bra looks like:

 

  
  

I think it’s fairly clear why I was so attracted to this one! If you’ve been following my blog, you know I do not have any other bras like this. My bras are lacy, or embroideried, or bejeweled, or bowed, or flowery (or plain). Full bust bras with interesting backs, with strappy/cage details are rare (although props to Ewa Michalak and Pour Moi for offering some of the latter in the past year, too).

I’ve become of the opinion that more full bust bras should experiment with back details, and not just for the sake of being trendy and interesting. Since most of the support of a bra comes from the band, it seems to me that if we add more band – in the form of extra straps and interesting configurations – the support will also be improved. Maybe?

Regardless, the Aura has exactly the look that I want in diving into the new strappy style. It has just the right amount of simplicity – a moulded, padded, black bra (with the glint of some gold hardware) – so that the cage details can stand out and steal the show. The front, side, and back views are all awesome. 

  

In addition to its edgy factor, Aura has some other notable features. First, the bra has real deal graduated push-up cups (up to about half an inch of padding at its most padded point)!  Now this is extremely hard to find among full bust bras. The only well-known models I’m aware of that have extra padding that may be considered push-up are the new Tutti Rouge Jessica and Ewa Michalak padded bras (all of which involve removable pads).  The graduated padding in Aura resembles the kind of push-up padding found in department store bras or at Victoria’s Secret. So if you’ve been missing the push-up effect in fuller busts bras, Aura may be one to check out. 

The inside of the cups with padding:

  

  

The matching brief in size S is true to size and quite nice. It is sooo delicate and light – particularly the mesh in the back – and is especially silky. I was pretty impressed. The strappy theme is continued on each hip, with everything connected by the gold hardware. Snazzy!

  

How did this bra in size 32FF fit? Since Bluebella is a new brand to many readers I’m sure, I thought I would include some precise measurements. The band is 28.5 inches and stretches to about 32.5 (so unfortunately, this bra will not work for a 28/30 band like moi…hmmph!). The width of the cups are about 6 inches – which is about the same as a Comexim halfcup in a similar size – so not too wide at all! The cup depth is about 9 inches, so it seems like the bra may run a little small in the cups. The gore comes in at 3 inches, and the straps are three quarters of an inch.

  

But how does this bra fit on me?  Well, it looks pretty damn awesome. I am utterly seduced by its appearance, and am so sad that this size does not quite work for me. I covet this exact bra, but with a grand total of two tweaks. Then it will be the perfect fit. 

  

So what’s wrong? You can see the cups are actually pretty good. Because of the push-up padding, the cups end up being shallower at the bottom of the cups (so if you’re more projected you might prefer to try Bluebella’s nonpadded styles). But since my boobs are mashable, the cups work for me. The padding does its job and pushes my boobs up and towards the middle, producing a really nice, open cleavage! The shape of the cups at the top is extremely friendly if you’re full on top and with inner fullness. 

  

The biggest problem, which you may have noticed from the photos, is that the band is too big on me. But this is no surprise. Since I am usually 28 or 30 in band size, I was hoping this would be a super-firm-really-a-30 32 band. Alas it wasn’t. This 32 band is true to size. Even on the tightest hook the gore is not fully tacking because of band looseness. Bluebella, please consider making 30 bands in the future (and 28 bands)!

The gore not tacking because the band is too loose for me:

  
  

You can see that the amazing strappy back is riding up in the back.  Unfortunately it would be very hard to alter this band smaller – so ultimately Aura is not a keeper for me on this basis. 

  

The briefs fit really well, though! Skimpy, see-through and form-fitting in the back. Definitely keepers. 

  

This set made me feel sexy in a whole new and different way. Hehe. 

  

The second issue for me was the wideness of the straps, and the amount of fabric right near the armpit. I think some people may appreciate the amount of coverage in this area (it helps to push all of your tissue into the cup!), but on my petite frame it is too much, and uncomfortable on my armpits. If you are not so petite (or perhaps a little lower set),  this bra may work a lot better for you. Also, I imagine there may be less side coverage in a smaller size. 

  

I would love for the cup area near the armpit to be lessened by about a centimeter. 

  

So those are the two fit issues this bra has for me. I did love the narrow wires, though. Take a look:

  
 

Ready for work!

  

This bra is fairly smooth under a T-shirt:

  

And gives a rounded, projected silhouette:

   
  

All in all, I’m excited about Bluebella’s new DD+ ranges, and looking forward to trying some of the other styles (especially Iana! And ones which would be more viable in terms of altering the band smaller!). But I’m really hoping that in the near future they will decide to expand their size range to include not just more band sizes (which I need), but more cup sizes as well. That would be amazing, as Bluebella’s present styles are so modern, fresh, and fashion forward – which I think can fill a special niche among full bust brands. 

Check out Aura here if you think it might work for you – or take a gander at Bluebella’s other styles in the More range. 

Curvy Kate Jewel in 30G

Just a quick review today!

Curvy Kate Jewel is actually from a few seasons ago – last Spring, or maybe even the Fall before that. I thought I might still stick up a review, in case anyone is spying it around at low prices. Also, it’s been awhile since I reviewed Curvy Kate bras!

The last Curvy Kate unlined Balconette I tried was the Bardot, which was almost perfect except for the fact that it was not open enough on top for me. I heard that the Jewel was more open. 

  

As you can see, this is true! There definitely isn’t much in the way of quadding going on. 

But, there is some in-cup quadding, as the next photo makes evident: 
  

The diagonal seam pushes in on my softer breast tissue, especially on my larger breast. 

  

I really like many aspects of this bra. There is some good bottom projection, the shape is round, the gore is fairly close set, the cups allow for some inner fullness and cleavage, and let’s not forget the ice-princess colorway! 
  

I have to admit though – I love this color combo off of me, but I do not really like it on me. I don’t know – it is just not my colors! The colors (not the fit) are the ultimate reason why I gave this bra up.

  

Regarding comfort, not bad at all. Nothing harsh or too stiff. The band stretches to a normal 30 inches and is supportive. The bra felt rather inconspicuous while I was relaxing. Nice job Curvy Kate!
  

The wires are on the wider side in this size:

  

Hmm… Looking at the photos again makes me miss this bra!
  

Sometimes I forget that Curvy Kate has a pretty special identity among UK brands. Curvy Kate is always going for romantic/girly/sexy, which is a style that I think is lacking in UK full bust brands (or, at the very least, Curvy Kate engages it the most!). But not only that, Curvy Kate has been listening to customers and evolving the fits and styles of its offerings, which is pretty cool. 

 

If you like Jewel, you may still find it around with a Google, eBay, or Amazon search! If you’re looking for a recent style, I suspect it may be similar to the current Madagascar in fit. Anyone have experience of Madagascar?

Review: Ewa Michalak PL Zlote Oko in 65GG

Ewa Michalak’s CHP and SM cuts (padded halfcup and unlined plunge balcony, respectively) are awesome – as I’ve tried to demonstrate on this blog. But until now, I’ve yet to get my hands on any of Ewa Michalak’s other cuts. Today changes that!

  

I received the sultry PL Zlote Oko  set in size 65GG from the kind and helpful owner of the online lingerie boutique called Zathiya. I’ve had my eye on this online store, because while it’s a relatively small retailer, it’s rich in Polish bras.

Comexim and Ewa Michalak, particularly. Aisha, the owner, stocks many of the latest styles from both amazing brands, in a wide size range of 26-40 D-K (UK) –  yes, it’s true, there are some Ewa Michalak 55 and 60 bands if you need them! Not to mention, the store is based in Texas. This means that if you’re in the U.S., you can have Polish bras to your doorstep within a week! You don’t know how pleased I am with this possibility. I hate waiting 4 to 5+ weeks buying directly from Poland, especially when I am not sure if the bras will fit – and particularly when they don’t fit (my last two Polish ventures turned out this way, unfortunately).  Not to mention the inconvenience of paying return shipping back to Poland, and waiting a long time to get a refund. 

  

One of the coolest things about Zathiya is the Return Policy. You have 30 days to return for a refund and another 60 for store credit. And the best part: the store is happy to pay for one return shipping for a return or exchange per order. Between the quick shipping (which is free over $100) and low-risk return policy, this store is especially great if you are in the US and just getting into Polish bras/trying to figure out your best fit and size. 

 

Because I haven’t tried the PL cut before, I wasn’t sure of my size, but I estimated it to be a 65G or 65GG based on my experiences with CHP and SM. The 65GG fit fairly well, as you can see in the photos. In the future I may be interested in comparing with a 65G, since there is a little room at the apex of the cup (I think? It’s hard to tell!), and when  I am sitting and lounging the bra gapes more than other bras I have. 

  

Another reason I might want to try 65G is the hope of better scaling. The straps and cup sides in this size are a bit wide on my petite frame, so I’m wondering if that would be reduced one cup down. Anyone have experience of any fit changes from a G to a GG in the plunges?

  

But all things considered, this bra is pretty fantastic. I hadn’t noticed it too much on Ewa’s website, and I think it’s because it looks like just a black bra at first glance. But the shiny gold embroidery in person makes the bra really stunning:
  

When I pulled it out of the package I thought GLAMOUR. I didn’t realize that I didn’t own any glamorous bras until my hands touched this one (speaking of touch – this one is silky and luxe-feeling!). So I welcomed Zlote Oko warmly into the family, and said “you will be my glamorous bra.” 😉

 
      

The mid-rise brief, as usual from Ewa Michalak, is a perfect match and completes the glamour look. It’s a little hard to see in the photos, but the shiny gold continues on the waistband:
   

The back of the brief is sheer, which is a nice touch. I usually prefer thongs, but can’t say no to a sheer back, especially topped with a bow! 

  

Narrow wires, for sure:

 

With an Ewa Michalak plunge you get a fairly low gore – around 2 inches. This is a great height – low enough to not get in the way of close set breasts and allow for supreme cleavage, and high enough to keep the boobs from slipping out. But your mileage may vary on this issue – I know some ladies with much softer tissue (which can tend to “spill” out the center of a plunge) prefer the higher gore of the S cut to the Plunge. 

 

Just like the CHP cut, the PL cut comes with interior pockets and removable pads, for extra lift or to correct assymetry. These photos are without the pads. 

 
 

In regards to comfort, I’m divided. The bra is very comfortable walking around and doing daily tasks – and for long periods of time. It is extremely supportive – the wide and firm band is awesome. When I was walking the dog I felt like my boobs were floating on my chest -it felt very freeing! However, if I’m lounging around with the bra on, I’m confronted with another case of armpit-encroaching, which can be irritating after awhile. Hopefully a future 65G can ameliorate that. 
      

Now, Ewa Michalak bras are known for projection, and I gotta say this bra has an insane amount of projection. You can sort of see it in these angle shots:

 

But it is particularly evident by looking at the silhouette with a tshirt on:

   

So much projection and lift! Now some people love and want this, but as I’ve said on this blog ad nauseum, this is sadly not an everyday (read: for work) look for me. I think the problem is that I’m pretty small and short, and I don’t have the biggest bottom half to balance it out, so my boobs are quite, quite salient with such projection. While projected bras may be the best technical fit for me (and consequently most comfortable, since my boobs are projected), this conflicts with the more lower profile and covert look I try to achieve for work – with minimized cleavage and minimized projection. Some examples:

   
  

 

See what I mean? (I’m probably wearing my Chantelle C Chic Sexy Unlined plunges in the above photos – shallow, wide, not the best technical fit for me, but my “go-to” for de-sexifying at work. Which is, sadly, important in my line of work. Grrr.)

But here’s the front view of the Zlote Oko, which is spectacular:

 

A particularly contained, centered, and round look, with splendid cleavage! I’m a fan. And though there is some lace showing through this light t-shirt, there’s nary a sign of a seam. 

Luckily, Zathiya still has some sizes of the PL Zlote Oko left (note: the band runs pretty tight) and its matching brief (note: I received size M while I’m usually S, so the brief may run a bit small), as well as some other popular current styles like Syrena and Comexim’s Sonia (all of the bras retailing at $50-$60).

If you are tired of the more easily accessible US and UK bras with their (most often) wide wires and shallow cups, and want more narrow and projected styles that are also beautiful and unique, be sure to check out Zathiya, friends!