Brastop have recently added loads more of the Curvy Kate Showgirl collection to their stock, so I thought what better time to review their two best sellers, the Thrill Me and the Tease Me. This is a collection that I have been eager to try for a long time, after trying an old-style Thrill Me about a year ago and hearing about their change of manufacturer. I wasn’t overly ‘thrilled’ with the old style but these new ones are absolutely beautiful. They have improved the fit, fabrics, embellishment and they now have the luxurious feeling that was missing from the old style.
I was kindly joined for this review by Becky Mount, co-founder of booby pressure group Busts 4 Justice. She has a 30G bust so was the perfect model to show how these bras fit on a slightly bigger bust.
Both of the styles are balconettes which if you read my reviews you will know is probably my favourite style bra. Although you don’t get the cleavage of a plunge these both give a great ‘Marie Antoinette’ style shape, which is just gorgeous and in my opinion much more subtly sexy.
First of all I have the ‘Tease Me’ in purple which I actually had to buy in a 28F. I found the fit to be very much on the border – the 28FF was quite big on me but the F a little smaller than I would have liked with a slight risk of being a ‘showgirl’ in the way which I assume was not intended by the collection’s namesake. The F fitted in the cups quite well but the balconette is quite low. I felt supported, with no ‘double boob’ though.
Becky had the ‘Tease Me’ in the Almond colour, which is part of the new Spring/Summer collection. She claims:
For me, the Tease Me is the perfect way to bring a bit of burlesque glamour into your underwear drawer, without compromising on fit. Whilst wearing such a set every day might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I don’t think such a beautiful set should be saved for the bedroom – the Tease Me gives you enough cleavage to make an impact but the fit is still spot on. Showy lingerie for anyone over a D cup is often unheard of, but the Tease Me is a wearable set that fits like a dream and looks even better, definitely a favourite of mine. The fact that the design is renewed every season with different colours is great, as a style that suits my shape and figure, I like knowing I don’t have to look elsewhere for a bit of variety.
I have to agree with Becky, the colours have all been gorgeous and I love that all of the Showgirl sets have lots of colour choice.
Price vs. Quality: 8/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 7/10
The ‘Thrill Me’ set was the biggest surprise for me. As I said I owned one before and wasn’t overly impressed with it but the new style is stunning and the rumour mill that you need to up-size the cups is true as a 28G was a perfect fit. I was in love with the luscious satin fabric and devine ruffles, the perfect set for a bit of a pick me up and is definitely boudoir underwear which is supportive and structural enough to double up as every day wear. The only problem is the ruffles which probably would show a bit under a tight dress or tshirt.
As you can see I bought the high-waisted briefs and they were surprisingly flattering. They really nip you in at the waist so flattering on curves as well as creating an illusion of curves for more top-heavy ladies. The seam down the back makes them cling to every curve and they are so retro-chic and don’t look at all ‘grannyish’.
Becky has this bra in the Pink and Ivory colours and has written a guest-blog review for us here.
One thing about both of the sets in the Showgirl collection and something I find with Curvy Kate in general is the fact that the briefs can come up quite small. I have to buy a size up from my ‘usual’, which is not a problem but something that perhaps you should be aware of when ordering. However, I did buy the ‘Thrill Me’ high-waisted briefs in my usual size and they were a perfect fit.
And the shorts are amazing – check out the ruffles!
Price vs. Quality: 8/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 8/10