Review – Masquerade Rosa

April 25, 2012
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.

Masquerade Rosa

I have to be honest, I’ve been struggling to find a bra I’m totally happy with and I was beginning to lose hope.  Then I realised I was possibly going for the same style of bra every time, so I decided to go for something I normally wouldn’t have.  For a long time I considered having bigger boobs meant plunge style bras were out of the question but that’s maybe because I was continuously going for the wrong size, as opposed to the wrong style.  When I came across the Rosa plunge bra I was instantly attracted and I barely hesitated to buy it, although I was worried I’d jumped into the purchase and thought I would regret it.  I’m so glad I followed my heart!

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.

The Rosa

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 plunge

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 back

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.
Becky x


  1. contrary kiwi

    April 26, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I really liked the Rhea when I tried it on too, but my boobs aren’t close set like yours so I don’t recall getting any cleavage from it. I still loved it! This is a really good review of it, too 🙂

  2. Cavy.girl

    April 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Contrary Kiwi, thanks for the comment. 🙂

    I never used to think that boobs come in many different forms so I could never understand when some style of bras wouldn’t fit me. It’s only come to me recently that having close set boobs is the reason which is why I thought I’d give the Rosa plunge a go. I’m particularly interested in achieving cleavage really, I just love the fact it feels comfortable at the centre gore and finally there’s no digging in!

    As the Rhea is a balconette, as much as I love what it looks like I just know it won’t fit me properly.

    Becky x

  3. contrary kiwi

    April 27, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Haha whoops, I meant Rosa! My bad. I get mega cleavage when I wear the Rhea. *headdesk*

  4. Cavy.girl

    April 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Ha ha, I did think you meant that! Yeah, I’m not surprised you have a good relationship with the Rhea! 😀

    Becky x

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