Disclaimer: I was provided with a free iCollection Plus Size Eyelash Lace and Satin Chemise by Lovehoney in exchange for my honest review. Click any image to embiggen.
♦ The iCollection Plus Size Eyelash Lace and Satin Chemise (hereafter, the iCollection Eyelash Chemise), sold by Lovehoney, is a beautiful item of lingerie designed for the fuller figure. Or, as I tend to call myself, fat. Because it’s true. Anyway, it’s a chemise with light wiring and padding on the bra cups and a bra closure at the back, sheer black mesh panels on the flanks and, elsewhere, on the middle panel and cups (as well as a small panel on the backside), a lovely silver satin with eyelash lace detail. It also comes with a very basic mesh G-string.
So, first things first, just look at it. The iCollection Eyelash Chemise is absolutely gorgeous and is exactly the kind of lingerie I normally go for. The black mesh flanks are flattering and sensual, the silver satin is glossy and classy and the eyelash lace means there is just enough detail to keep it all interesting. It’s intricate without being too floofy or fussy.
The long line of the chemise skims the underside of my bottom and smooths out your silhouette without being too restrictive or overly long.
And I love the colour. It’s not girly or overly feminine. In fact, it’s very neutral and yet still elegant and sexy and beautiful. Even the big bow nestled between the cups is awesome. Basically, it looks great from the front.
From the back I’m slightly less keen as the satin panel has no lace detail, leaving it a bit plain, and the big, open keyhole-ish back under the fastening reveals perhaps a bit too much of my wobbly back around the base of the shoulders. It’s a little unflattering. But the way it skims my arse cheeks is lovely and it’s undeniably sexy when I bend forward and the chemise pulls up to reveal my bum.
I requested a size 2X iCollection Eyelash Chemise, which, according to the size guide (which lists it as an 18-20), has a 40″-46″ bust, a 34″-38″ waist and 42″-46″ hips and should correspond to a UK dress size 20, which I am (at least on the bottom half). Now, this is where the numbers and the fit don’t seem to match up. I wear a size 38C bra (which is probably technically the wrong size for me, but fits well and I’m used to it) and I’ve just measured myself up as a roughly 46″ bust (so far so right), a 41″ waist (hence why I buy 36″ corsets) and 52″ hips (because my hips are badonk-a-donk and the word “childbearing” is apt, though hilariously wasted).
That said, the areas where the numbers should mean it’s too small, my waist and hips, fit very well indeed (not loose, but nowhere near too snug, a pleasant cling), but the area that should fit perfectly, my bust, just doesn’t fit at all. At least, the back size roughly fits (I actually think the lack of support in the back strap compounds the issue), but the cup size is, sadly, too big. This leads to my boobs sinking down into the cup too much, which does two things: it doesn’t look so great and it doesn’t feel so great.
- How the bust looks like WITH severe fluffing. It doesn’t stay this way without an additional bra.
It looks pretty awful when your bra is clearly too big for you. It makes your boobs look small, even when they’re not. It looks clumsy, ill-fitting, unsexy. My usual eye-taking-out cleavage is reduced to a sad display unless I fluff it up almost constantly.
And that feels rubbish too. I wore it for the day with no other support to see what it was like and it was deeply uncomfortable due to the bust size. My back hurt and I felt boobless even though the cups held their shape under my top, almost as if I was wearing airbags. It was disturbing, actually.
I found that I could mostly solve the problem by wearing my favourite bra underneath the iCollection Eyelash Chemise to fit properly and have any actual support (as I say, I don’t think the bra strap on the chemise is firm enough), but that wasn’t ideal either as the cups of the chemise would then slowly ride up over the bra a little over the evening, meaning I’d have to re-adjust every now and again.
It’s disappointing, because I don’t see much point having really beautiful lingerie if it doesn’t complement your really beautiful body. Without supporting my breasts like some of my other lingerie or everyday bras, I’m left looking a bit deflated instead of absolute wowza. A shame.
The G-string, at least, fit very well indeed. My problem areas for fitting into clothes tend to be shoulders and the whole hip/stomach area, which can make finding good knickers a pain. But the elastic is incredibly stretchy, yet firm, and in fact was so well sized for me that it didn’t really even need to stretch at all, it just clung right. In fact, if anything, the elastic might be too generous, because I found myself wearing it pretty high up on my hips, much higher than usual. But it felt comfy, posed no problems and didn’t even give me a wedgie as often as I might expect from a G-string. It looks basic, sure, but it does the job very well.
The iCollection Plus Size Eyelash Lace and Satin Chemise makes me a little sad. It looks so gorgeous, but it hides a real flaw for me. When I put it on, my boobs are lost in its voluminous cups and the look is unflattering and unsexy. If I fluff and don’t move too much (untenable outside of brief bedroom sorties), it looks good. If I wear my favourite bra underneath it to give my breasts actual support, it looks good. But neither is perfect and neither really holds up for convenient wear throughout the day, which, although not necessary, is in my list of lingerie wants. Too-big bra cups aside, it fits like a dream, is super comfy for something so classy and looks divine.
So, if you’re a big girl with even bigger breasts (I’d say it’d probably best fit D-cups and above, at a guess), go all out for this seriously beautiful and comfortable lingerie and pick up the iCollection Plus Size Eyelash Lace and Satin Chemise from Lovehoney today. If, like me, you’re a big girl with modest boobs for your size, perhaps give it a miss unless you don’t mind needing extra support. ♦