Now, I have to admit the Thrill Me is about 1-2 cup sizes too small but the quadraboob has the effect of going up (makes my breasts taller) instead of out over the cups so it's definitely in the wearable category. Hence, me posting this review.
Like I said the cup size is small for me. I own this in a 30H (bought it used for cheap with a bunch of other bras so I didn't have a much of a say in the size but I still really wanted to try it!). Ideally, I'd have this in a 28JJ but since the Show Girl range ends at 28J when I make my next purchase I'll go for a 30J. I've found that in terms of fit I really need to take in the center gore so it helps tighten up the band a bit, which makes the 30 band a pretty good fit (even though is is still bigish on me).
From my experimenting with Curvy Kate bras I'd say I need a 28JJ in the shear cup bras so it does seem to be pretty much exactly in line with my Showgirl size. Other bloggers have commented that they need to go up in the cup size for the Showgirl range but that doesn't seem to ring true for me. My feeling on this is that it probably comes down to the difference between firm vs. soft breasts. My softer breasts settle down into the cups here and don't appear very firm on top. However, for someone with firmer breasts their breasts aren't going to mould as well to the cups so they'll likely find they need to go up a cup size. Additionally, because I sew the center gore together it makes the cups deeper and more narrow, which is exactly what I need in terms of fit. However, if I didn't do that I'd probably have to go up a cup size (and then deal with too wide wires on the side because the cups are made for shallower, wider breasts than I have).
Basically, long story short, sewing the center gore fixes a lot of the fit issues here.
One thing that I LOVE about the fit here, though, is the high center gore. It definitely comes up higher than the CH's from Ewa Michalak so that's one big advantage there for me (I wonder how that will be on the BP's that are made specifically with softer breasts in mind? It'll be interesting to compare!). Even though the cup is small here I have absolutely NO spillage towards the center!! So moms looking for a good date night bra, definitely check out the Showgirl collection. ;)
This bra definitely pulls off the Va-Va-Voom effect to showcase your breasts! Now, I will say, there's quite a big difference between the way the Thrill Me does this compared to Ewa Michalak bras. Ewa Michalak bras project your breasts forward and give them either a rounded or football shape. The Thrill Me projects your breasts upwards so they appear taller but more of an oval shape.
When it comes to the ruffles on the Thrill Me you either have a love or hate reaction to them. For me they look cute on principle but I HATE them underneath clothes. As you can see in the pictures above I just cut them off (being careful to leave the lacing on). I actually might cut off the lacing too because I've found that it shows up underneath tight shirts but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
In the meantime, I've found that this is a good bra when I'm wearing layered clothes. On a trip to India awhile back I picked up a sari and later an Indian friend of mine gifted me this choli to wear underneath.
|CK Thrill Me 30H worn underneath a Choli|
Unfortunately, I don't have many places to wear a sari but the choli has gotten A LOT of use! It's really great to wear underneath too low shirts or for turning sleeves dresses/shirts into ones with a sleeve but yet it doesn't add bulk (good in Brazilian temperatures!). So, normally when I'm wearing my Thrill Me I put this on over it to avoid the lace showing up underneath tops.
- If you know your Curvy Kate size in sheer cups, just know that it might not be the same in the Showgirl range. For me it seems to be true (and I'd guess that other women with softer breasts might experience the same).
- CK sizing seems to be quite a bit different for me than other brands. I own the Cleo George in 28J and it's starting to get big in the cups (think I might prefer 28HH at this point) and my Freya Active in 30GG is a really good fit still, actually better than when I first bought it. However, for some reason in Curvy Kate bras I need to go up quite a bit in the cup sizes. I've also found that the bands fit fairly tight on me (more so than the Cleo and a Bravissimo Alana bra that I tried that was too small in the cups, for instance).
- Check out the history of Showgirl bras on bratabase. Basically, it's good to know that they don't all fit the same way (even in the same season) so try and see reviews first before placing an order.
- I haven't included any of my reviews yet on the sheer cup bras but I plan to soon. However, I will say that the Thrill Me is definitely the best shape for me. I've struggled a bit with the sheer cup bras from Curvy Kate. They're beautiful but the shape doesn't work the best with my breasts. However, I really need to try a 28JJ before I can say for 100% sure.