Masquerade by Panache ‘Lula-Mae’: Bra Review

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may be aware of my love/hate relationship with plunge bras. Even the much-hyped Freya Deco doesn’t work particularly well for my shape.+ When I do find one I like I find them a real asset for my shape, but finding one that fits is the problem.

The Masquerade Lula-Mae, however, as recommended to me via Star in a Bra finalist Georgina Horne’s brilliant new blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust in which she gives an in-depth review of the bra.

“A plunge bra in a 36H that keeps the puppies aloft whilst encasing them in boyfriend silencing artwork, wow!” -Georgina Horne

Georgina calls this bra ‘divine’ and seems to have fallen head over heels – and I can certainly agree with her that the bra is completely knock-out stunning with gorgeous teal-aqua satin and embroidery to die for – for me the problem is in the plunge.

From the picture above you can see that the 30E was verging between the ‘juicy cleavage’ and the ‘double boob’ look, however the 30F I also ordered for size I found to be far too roomy.

This bra is manufactured in a 28FF, however with a little bit of an experience that Masquerade’s band sizes can come up a bit tight (plus the fact that Simply Yours only stock a 30+ back band in this style) I initially went for a 30F. Now, when standing I found the fit was great, however if I leant forward much I would be left with the ‘Haribo effect’ – it looks like I could easily fit a packet of Starmix down my bra:

A potentially helpful and tasty storage solution, but not so great for uplift, shape and fit.

I found the band was not as firm as I would have liked, however nowhere near as loose as most 30 band bras are on me. I don’t think I could have sized down to a 28 without it being way too tight.

After a bit of recent weight loss, I have been all over the place with my bra size, only adding to my issues with finding the perfect plunge. In order to combat the Haribo effect (pretty much the direct opposite of the dreaded ‘double boob’) I ordered a 30E to compare and found the fit much better and I *shock horror* had quite a nice cleavage. The bra was quite comfortable and tastier than cherry pie, but again after a bit of wear I had that age-old problem of my boobs settling into the cup and the fit goes to pot.

I tested this slight sizing discrepancy and fit issues by asking my friend Becky Mount (from lingerie pressure group Busts 4 Justice) to try it. She is usually a near-perfect 30G in most bra styles and brands, yet she found that the 30FF was a near-perfect perfect fit.

Becky models the Lula-Mae in 30FF.

Becky claimed:

The Lula-Mae is an absolutely beautiful bra, and the delicate detailing really compliments the amazing azure colour, definitely a bra to be seen! It felt really lovely on, although I would consider downsizing or staying true to your ‘usual’ size as the 30FF fit me just fine, so it comes up a little small in the cup. It’s nice to find a decent moulded cup at my size and it gives a pretty cracking cleavage.

That is something that Becky, Georgina and I all had in common with our reviews – we all needed a back size up and cup size down with this bra (George ordered a 36H as opposed to her usual 34HH/J). Also, we both ordered a bigger brief size than our average which turned out to be a good plan as Masquerade briefs can be fairly small.

All in all a wonderful bra but you may need to play around with sizes to get your perfect fit, but for me my search for the perfect plunge bra continues…

Attractiveness: 9/10

Fit: 5/10

Comfort: 6/10

Styling: 8/10

Support: 6/10

Shape: 7/10

Price vs. Quality: 8/10

Re-purchasability: 5/10

Invest In Your Chest Rating: 7/10

Image credits: Images of Georgina supplied with permission from the ‘Fuller Fuller Bust’ blog

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8 Replies to “Masquerade by Panache ‘Lula-Mae’: Bra Review”

  1. Looks incredible! I was lucky enough to get this one for my birthday and got it in the 32G (my “usual” size) and it was a great fit – thankfully!

  2. I have a definite hate relationship with plunge bras. The only style that I can get a decent clevage in is a balconette!

    I may give this bra a go since its got such a good review 🙂

  3. Haribo effect. Ha ha! I saw a woman storing her MP3 player in her bra the other day. She had almost passed me b/f it dawned on me what she was storing there. If she hadn’t been walking so fast I would have loved to have snuck a picture.

    This is good advice re Masquerade. I own one and definitely find the band runs tighter than in my other bras.

    1. Have you considered selling it on eBay and getting another? As once you’ve taken in the band (which is pretty difficult!) Your cups will still be too small. Or try big wardrobe or similar swapping sites x

  4. Thank you so much for this review! I am a 30/32 GG (never understood how can I have the same cup with two possible band sizes but it is so) and I have been considering buing this bra for a few months now. I am a bit afraid of the plunge though as I usually wear balconettes – is there any spilling resulting in a double-boob after wearing it a few minutes? Also as a few reviews mentioned it runs small in a band and a bit bigger in the cup so I am unsure if the 32GG will fit me. Unfortunately havent found any site selling 32G. The same goes for briefs, anyone else has some advise? Anyway thank you very much for this and hopefully a reply as well! Suzanna

    1. Hi Suzanna, if Becky and I are anything to go by then the best band will be your average and either your ‘usual’ cup size one cup size down. The fit is very secure on both of us and really comfortable. Good luck finding your perfect fit! Briefs were a good size in my usual size 10. x

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