Not Enough Temptation

I’ve had the Curvy Kate Tempt Me for a while, it’s finally time to review it!

Looks:
I am not a big vintage/retro fan, so the stylings of the Tease Me and Thrill Me don’t thrill me that much. They also create lumps under clothes, and I see the Thrill Me is no longer going to be in production. I don’t like lace much, but the contrast was fun and the button detailing a very cute touch. It doesn’t create any big problems under clothes like the others.

Construction:
The band is stretchy, but not as crazy as some of the other Showgirls I’ve tried on, so I started with a 32, although the 30 may work better now.  The cups are three-part padded foam, and the seams are covered up on the front with the lace overlay, nicely done!

Unfortunately, the bottom of the cup is extremely shallow, so my breasts, which are bottom-heavy, leave an empty space there.  This pushes them up some so that they do not use the entire cup of the bra, and more distressingly, pop out at the top.  I had heard this bra runs small, so I ordered a cup size up (32GG).  Obviously too small: I didn’t fill the bottom, but overflowed the top.  I returned it for a size two up (32H), and I didn’t pop out quite as much, but the bra was still too small across the top of the cup, and there was the dreaded fabric fold on the bottom.  I’ve seen this in other pictures, and I wonder if it’s a necessary evil to get that cleavage.  In any case, I gave up and didn’t get a size up (32HH), because I didn’t think the under-fold would go away.

Even the Curvy Kate model pictured above doesn’t appear to really fit into the bottom of the bra- her cleavage suggests that while there may not be a fold, the bottom of the bra isn’t filled. The model below appears to be wearing a cup size too small from the line across the top of the bra, especially zoomed in.

Comfort:
I don’t recommend jumping around in this bra, but it works decently if your day doesn’t involve a bunch of running.  The bra not working with my shape and not giving enough support may have corrupted my data, though.

It’s really a shame I didn’t have any luck with this shape- apparently Curvy Kate’s Elegance continuity line and Wild for this fall also use the same construction.  I recommend you size up, and don’t get your hopes up for this bra if you are full on the bottom.

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Downsizing with Deco

After a bit of weight loss and a note that my decos are stretching out fast, I ordered a 30gg ‘red’ Deco off eBay.  The red color is not a true red, it’s pretty close to the Pomegranate color that ran as a fashion color a few years ago.  Polka-dotted bows with white set it off.

Many, many fine ladies have reviewed the Freya Deco, but another take doesn’t hurt.

Band: The bra has a very very stretchy band. If you are between band sizes, go down one and up a cup size, although if you’re borderline you may not need to go up a cup size.  The black color tends to run larger in my experience. I have owned Decos in four band sizes (changing weights over the years), and they all stretched out very quickly within a month or so, with the exception of a 32FF in Pistachio (fashion color, no longer available). The front part of the band is continuous and curved, and edged in odd scallop detail (see straps).

Straps: Pretty ugly- wide slightly scratchy-looking elastic with detailing on the side looks as if it were supposed to be scallop-inspired. I’m not sure why this is, but the straps are fully adjustable, which means I’ll take pretty much any weird detailing they will throw at me.

Cups: It’s cut so that women like me who are full on the bottom and sides are accommodated, perhaps due to the way the plunge is constructed? The wires come up high on the side, which is great for trying to reverse migrated breast tissue. There’s also a decent amount of space between the cups and it pushes my separate breasts a little closer together, so it might be a bit much for ladies who have very close-set breasts. The shape is stupendous for me, as everything was held pretty much straight up.  The mold gives nipple modesty and shapes well.

Deco on model

Freya and Fantasie bras do not tend to fit me well because they size for a rounder or fuller at the middle breast.  I usually cannot fill the point of the cup and there is space or it wrinkles, and then the bra cuts into my breast tissue at the top if I size down. The Deco is an exception- probably my favorite bra that I’ve ever found. I’ve found I can get a fold at the bottom of the cups during the beginning of the bra’s life when the fabric is pretty stiff.  I’m told this is because my breasts are set high and I have a shallow profile (full on bottom), so I don’t always fill the bottom of the cups (think orange in a glass).  Q Lyla gives an excellent tutorial on how to avoid this- a tight band and pulling up the bra!

I’ve also ordered a 30gg in the black color since downsizing from a 32G worked just fine if a bit tight to start, and the fit is pretty close to the red so far. I’ll keep you posted if one stretches faster than the other!