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Being more on the ample side (32E) when it comes to my chest, and not proudly so, I can be somewhat fussy when it comes to my bras. So when the lovely Gemma Cartwright asked me to review some of the samples sent in by the various brands taking part in our Lingerie Month this March, I was more than a little dubious. As it turns out - it was somewhat of a revelation.

The first of my trials was new brand on my radar; Masquerade. One of the six labels headed up by D+ bra specialists Panache, Masquerade offers a more glamorous appeal to the larger chest market. I was lucky enough to try out their Persia design...

"A new non-padded style for the season in a rich damson embroidery mixed with a light nude base. This majestic colour-way takes inspiration from fine jewels and exotic lands, exclusively designed giving a semi-sheer appearance for a seductive look up to an H cup."

First of all let's talk style; with an undeniably sexy appeal, the bra comes in a rich purple lace with a light nude coloured under-layer giving an entirely see through peek-a-boo effect. The rest of the bra is made up of a soft satin fabric in the rich purple shade which, I'll admit doesn't have the most stretch to it. The straps have pretty lace detail and the overall shape is balconette - my favourite. In terms of style this bra ticks all the boxes - which came unexpected in a larger sized design (my own ignorance I know).

In terms of fit, I do have to admit the band was a little on the small size which I think was due to the lack of stretch in the fabric. Having said that, this structure did offer a huge amount of support ensuring the band stayed level the whole way round (see Gemma's Six signs you're wearing the wrong bra article). The cups had no preformed shape (something I'm not all that used to) so I feared there wouldn't be much support, but this wasn't the case; the firm band width and under wiring did all the work whilst the lace mesh cups took form nicely and kept everything in place. If I was being overly critical, I'd suggest going up a cup size than your normal one, as I experienced a slight overspill in my usual E size.

Normally one for nipping into M&S and trying on several bog standard bra styles each in various sizes, I've come to accept I can't just pick up a bra in my size and go with it. Trying a bra from a brand such as Masquerade specialising in larger sizes was a revelation to say the least. I don't know why I resisted for so long; I've possibly been in denial in regards to my larger than welcome assets, but overal I'd highly recommend this Persia set from Masquerade.

Fit: 8/10
Support: 10/10
Comfort: 9/10
Look: 10/10
Price: 7/10

The Masquerade 'Persia' Balconette bra is available at Figleaves for £40.