The Poise Bra: A Poison Lingerie Review

Disclosure: I received this bra free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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A few weeks ago, I was sent a “Poise” bra from Poison Lingerie. According to Poison, the Poise bra does three things: it enhances your posture, boosts your cleavage, and smooths your back. After reading glowing reviews from The Lingerie Lesbian and That Je Ne Sais Quoi, I was really intrigued by the poise bra premise. I tend not to wear push up bras as a general rule, and I’ve yet to find a bra that could give me cleavage, so when Poison offered to send a sample over for review, I said. In the interests of full disclosure, our columnist Karolina also reviewed the Poise bra on The Lingerie Addict earlier this year. Poison’s bras sell for between $99 and $198.00. They’re available in sizes 30B thru 38DD. I was sent the Reveler les Secrets bra (no knickers) in a size 36C after Poison suggested I go up a band size.

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My first impressions were that this bra is extraordinarily well-constructed. It’s very sturdy and well-made, not flimsy, cheap, or thin. I really like that because I feel that if you’re going to $100 or so for a bra, it should be something you can wear for awhile…not a piece that’s easily disposable. I thought the lace on the bra was absolutely gorgeous; from the very beginning, this piece felt high-end.

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Unfortunately, I liked it a lot less once I started wearing it. Despite being told to go up a band size, this bra is still super, extremely tight. I could have very easily taken a 38 and been way more comfortable. I think that’s because the bra uses powernet mesh in the band (i.e. the same kind of mesh my favorite girdles use) and you can really feel it cinching and squeezing your ribs. Because of my body type and my personal preferences, that’s not a comfortable sensation to me; I felt hyperaware of the band and uncomfortable all day. If you’re even a little bit wider across the shoulders than me, I don’t think this bra would be a good fit as you’d size out of their bands.

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I also found the cups to be unusually small, which I imagine is how the bra gets its pushup effect without padding. I’m on the smallish side of C, and I was bulging above of the cups in a way I didn’t find particularly comfortable (nor did I think the flattened side profile was especially flattering). I could have very easily taken a D cup in this bra (thought I may have gotten less lift as a result), and that leads to believe that a woman who’s actually a DD would be sized out of this brand. I also found the straps to be unusually short. If you have a long torso, I’m not sure if you’ll be able to extend the straps enough to fit.

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If you have a thinner build and you’re smaller busted, you’ll probably like this bra because it will lift your breasts. You may even be okay if you’re thinner and fuller-busted if you use sister sizing because the wide, firm band does give a ton of support. But if you’re neither, you might put this on and be underwhelmed. It’s a pretty bra, and I really wanted to like it, but it’s just not a good fit for me. This is the first bra I’ve ever worn that left marks on my torso (and sore boobs besides!), and I’m just not committed enough to cleavage to want to deal with more of that.

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Have you tried Poison’s “Poise” bra? What did you think of it? I’m interested in getting other points of view in the comments.

Cora

Cora

Founder and Chief Editor of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, my little site has become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and it's been featured in Entrepreneur, Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every woman deserves gorgeous underpinnings that help her feel comfortable and confident. Body snark free zone since 2012.

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14 Comments

  1. 27/06/13 at 17:38

    Looks like you had pretty much the same experience as me :-/ after all those positive reviews I was wondering if I was a one off!

    • 27/06/13 at 17:46

      I felt the same way. I mean, I really did want to like it; it’s gorgeous. But I don’t. And my breasts ache. So no.

  2. 27/06/13 at 18:06

    I don’t fit in the size range, but I did find this brand to be interesting and was curious how they performed as a bra on terms of comfort and shape. It’s always a little sad when we have high hopes for a bra and it turns out to underwhelm us :/

    • 27/06/13 at 22:44

      Yes. Exactly. Thanks for commenting. :-)

  3. 27/06/13 at 22:42

    Ahh, I’m so sad it didn’t work for you! All of my favorites seem to fail you, unfortunately. It’s clearly one of those ‘everyone’s body is different’ kind of things.

    • 27/06/13 at 22:44

      Which other favorites haven’t worked out for me? This is the only one I can recall, but now I’m curious!

  4. 27/06/13 at 23:20

    That’s a shame! Looks so cute but sounds like it’s near impossible to figure out the fit unless you try it in person.

  5. Thursday
    28/06/13 at 7:33

    I have to say, that side view is a little alarming! Defnitely does not look like a comfortable fit :( I’m so sorry you endured such discomfort, but it seems this bra works for others. Nothing like trying something on for size to see if it suits you.

    • 28/06/13 at 18:14

      Exactly. It really is funny how just don’t know until you actually try something on.

  6. anon
    28/06/13 at 12:58

    I find the color combination of the lace unusual (in a good way) – very subtle and sophisticated.

    • 28/06/13 at 18:12

      I agree. The styling of this bra is really wonderful; definitely no complaints there.

  7. cecilia
    30/06/13 at 4:02

    What is up with that side profile :S That just might be the weirdest shape I’ve ever seen on a bra. I’m sized out and theyre too expensive for me in any case, but now it doesn’t make me feel as sad about that :/

  8. 09/07/13 at 14:46

    That actually looks like something made for my body style: small bust, narrow shoulders. Might wind up being too tight in the ribs, but I reckon that’s what extenders are for and can construct them if I need them.

    • 09/07/13 at 19:28

      The bra did come with an extender (at least, mine did) so you may not even have to make your own. Unfortunately, extending the band wouldn’t have fixed the cup issues for me. :-/

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