What: Spanx Bra-llelujah! Soft Cup Bra, $36
Sure a bra can look pretty, feel nice, and claim to be supportive, but how do you really know it works until you try it on? And we don't mean in the dressing room of some frigid department store with deceiving lights and a skinny mirror. We're talking a no-frills road test – putting the bra to work at the tasks us ladies face every day to see if it holds up to our standards. We asked three very brave, very honest, and very anonymous (we reveal a lot, but our cup sizes we keep to ourselves) SheFinds writers of varying bra sizes to road test the Spanx Bra-llelujah! Soft Cup Bra to see how it would fare in the following situations: Bounce Test, Sweat Test, and Tight Tee Test. Let's see the results:
Writer 1 (32B):
- Bounce: Less supportive than a sports bra, far more supportive than the lace-cup underwire I wear almost every day. Minimal bounce when trekking up to my 5th-floor walk-up. A
- Sweat: Kept me feeling comfortable and not disgusting at a hot, muggy rooftop barbecue. Bottom line: none of the misery I usually experience getting kind of sweaty while wearing a real bra. A+
- Tight Tee: Completely disappeared under all but my flimsiest, tightest white tee, when the gathered fabric under the cups stuck out a bit. A-
Overall: A. I’d wear this under anything with sleeves or thick straps – if I wasn’t planning on taking it off in front of someone.
Writer 2 (34C):
- Bounce: Though the Spanx bra is proud of giving support without underwire–which it does–there is certainly more bounce here than with a traditional underwire bra. Stairs weren't a problem, but then I did the bounce test by actually jumping up and down, and noticed a somewhat more intense downward thud than in my underwire bras. B+
- Sweat: Did well on the subway, absorbing sweat in a sports bra-like way (which is way better than your standard Vicky's). A
- Tight Tee: Looked great! Pretty flattering. Nips were a little more noticeable than they would be in a bra with some padding (this one has none), but nothing tragic. It did not make my breasts look as great under a tight t-shirt as I would have liked. They were a little less rounded and perky than in an underwire bra–not sports-bra flat by any means, but not particularly noteworthy either. A-
Overall: A-. As a side note, the opportunity to go swimming suddenly presented itself on the day I was wearing the bra, and I felt like it was swimsuit-ish enough to be appropriately worn as a bikini top in public. That's a real plus, in my book. You never know when you'll want to take a dip!
Writer 3 (34DD):
- Bounce: The bra is pretty thin and stretchy – so it didn't support me too well. I"m always running late in a hurry, and running down my five flight walk-up was a bit painful in this bra. I actually felt they bounced more than in a normal sports bra or underwire. B-
- Sweat: I wore this bra to take my dog on a 2 mile walk to the dog park on one of the most humid nyc days so far – and it absorbed sweat extremely well. A+
- Tight Tee: I sported this bra under a tight spandex blend vneck top and I could absolutely see the difference in the back. No lines, no bulge. A
Overall: B+/A-. All is good except when jumping up and down.
With an average grade of A-, looks like Bra-llelujah! fared pretty well with our testers. Do you have a product you'd like us to test out? Let us know about it in the comments section, or email us at [email protected] and we'll have SheFinds try it on!