I have nerve damage in my upper body, so strapless bras are mandatory. My condition caused me to grow large breasts which appear to be reaching for my toes. Therefore, lift is good.
Upside: when new, this bra was a real weight off my back -- literally. My "heavenly twins" felt heavenly indeed -- nearly weightless. They were placed properly, not under my chin or anything, but they didn't pull on my posture at all. It was wonderful.
The 'fingers' soon moved around, so instead of providing that wonderful lift, they were off doing something along the bottom or off to one side. I made several stops per day to straighten them out.
Unfortunately, they soon started wearing through the material. This meant that I had 3 sharp little plastic "fingers" digging into the softest part of my breasts.
If your breasts are highly mobile, this is not a good choice. If your breasts are heavy, this bra can be a nice break, but don't expect to get much wear out of it.
It's rather a lot of money for something that doesn't hold up well. It's a very clever engineering trick, I just wish it were better implemented.
For instance, instead of pointer-shaped 'fingers', 'fingers' with a T-shape, the crossbar running parallel to the underwire. This would prevent that gouging and push-through I experienced, and might help the stability. There has to be a low-overhead way of stabilizing the "fingers' inside the cup, so they don't wander off; tacking them down with a couple of stitches would be a nice excuse to add some lace to the cups to conceal the stitchwork, and while that might boost the price, I'd willingly pay a little more for a bra that offered that kind of lift WITH reasonable durability AND lace. I mean, that's 5 stars for sure!
Of course, easier options for securing the fingers might include using a different glue or a better embedding process. It's just that I love colorful, decorative bras, and given my size and my need for strapless, I'm pretty much out of luck.
Va bien Response: This sounds like a textbook case of improper washing. 1506 and all other Va Bien products are hand wash only. If placed in the washing machine – or worse, the drier – the plastic bones inside Ultra-Lift cups may move or become deformed. Thanks for the engineering input on the fingers though!
Isabel from California, USA
Average Height (5'4"-5'8")