Okay, I'm a little behind the times with this one because Masquerade's Rosa is sadly now unavailable but I was lucky to lay my hands on this bra when it appeared in Figleaves' eBay store (never again, more about that later) and I wanted to share my experience with it.
Rosa is my first experience of Masquerade and I feel a love affair coming on.
I had nothing to worry about regarding the daring plunge; it totally suits my close-set bust and really shows off my natural cleavage without ridiculous uplift. It is padded but very lightly and it's not heavy and overbearing like I'd expect a large cup padded bra to feel. I opted for the 28H and really happy I did as it's a perfect fit.
Me wearing Rosa
Side view of me in Rosa
The romantic rose print is simply gorgeous while the black base colour gives it a completely modern look to prevent it from looking mumsy. The luxurious satin under band, straps and three section trim makes for a glamorous finish.
I've been wearing Rosa for a week now and I'm really enjoying how comfy and supportive it is. The plunge is deep enough without causing spillage when I'm bending over (usually sorting out my laundry!)
The band is quite narrow with a slim double hook and eye clasp. This may disappoint those of you who prefer a deeper, more sturdy band. For myself, it's perfectly adequate and doesn't bother me.
The only negative? I'm finding the cups are a little on the wide side and often cut in under my armpit. It really annoys me and after a lot of movement it can leave me feeling sore. Because of this, I'm thinking Rosa is possibly more suited to being an 'evening out' bra; it's glamorous and sophisticated and gives a fabulous cleavage but isn't so much a working woman's bra - so no more household duties wearing this one!
I was so pleased that I found this bra through Figleaves' ebay store but I will never again buy through it. Not only were their postage fees double what everyone else charges to post out a bra but the delivery was unbelievably slow. I emailed Figleaves about it to say that it really wasn't on and they weren't bothered. I now wish I'd read their appalling feedback beforehand which proved I wasn't the only unhappy customer. So never again! I will say though, eBay is generally a fantastic place to snap up a bargain or source a past season bra so I will be continuing my bargain endeavours as always.