Thursday, May 4, 2017

Enlite Bra Try On Review

lululemon enlite-bra
With all the [inorganic (honestly, I've never seen so many literal whos surface (in one day!) in the Facebook groups to rave about how they bought two/four/six of this $100 bra based a try-on, only to creep their Facebook pages and see more than a few are key leaders and eds), and don't get me started on all the paid advertorial websites "reviewing" the bra] hype about the Enlite bra on Tuesday I had to go see this bra for myself. I will admit there were a number of people whose names I do recognize who seem to like this bra but they have started out with buying only one to try it out.

Anywho, back to the review - I didn't get fitted by an ed for this bra. I'd been filled in by some people who tried the bra during the preview that you should start around your regular bra size and my Ta Ta Tamer size is 38D so I knew I'd be floating around that size. I grabbed a 38D, 38C, 36DD, and 38DD to try. The one in the top photo is the 38DD and was absolutely ginormous.
lululemon enlite-bra

lululemon enlite-bra
I started with the 38D and I had a bit of a hard time getting it hooked, which seems to be a common complaint [from the non-shills] with this bra.

lululemon enlite-bra
The eyes are pretty flush with the strap.


lululemon enlite-bra

lululemon enlite-bra

I think part of the reason is that the Ultralu material is very slick and the bra hooks are flush with the strap. I kept sliding over the hooks again and again. To be honest, I have a very hard time hooking up the Ta Ta Tamer, too, so with those I usually put it on backwards lower down my ribcage and spin it around. I don't think you can do that with this bra because of the crossed back straps. I finally got it fastened and it felt very soft and comfortable. The straps did not dig into my shoulders. When I jumped up and down I felt jiggle in the cups (I should mention I have natural, middle-aged, briefly breast fed three kids breasts) and they seemed to be too roomy, especially at the top, so I decided to try a 38C which worked pretty well but I had more armpit fat than in the 38D. I never got that one fastened by myself and gave up without calling someone to help me. If I can't do a bra up by myself then I'm not going to buy it. I did grab a 36DD but the back hooks were way too far apart and I knew I could never close it.

I have read people recommend you do the bra up first and then slip it over your head, like a regular shelf bra, but I've been trapped in tanks and bras that way before so didn't even attempt it.

lululemon enlite-bra
I was a bit surprised by how much bounce I had in this bra and I think it's because the back portion of the straps are made of something that seemed a bit like luxtreme. It's pretty stretchy stuff. It's definitely a supportive bra but I thought I'd be a lot more locked and loaded. Or, maybe I'm just more used to smashing my chest down in my other bras.


Why I Didn't Go Home With This Bra:

1- I can't fasten it myself.

2 - It's seriously ugly and gives me a massive boob shelf. I know the hype talks about 'encapsulation' but that's on the inside. It still looks like a boob shelf on the outside. Moreover, the molded cups add bulk and covers a lot of skin. I wore a Salute the Sun tank to the store and it looked like sh*t with that tank. The great majority of my tops are not high necked - I'm really not a fan of high necks for running since that is a high sweat area for me - so I have limited options that I can wear with the bra. I feel the same way about the Ta Ta Tamer. It looks too much like underwear so always wear it with something like a Swiftly tank and not a 105F.

3 - It's $98. I might have bought one to try and just figured out how to get it on if it had been priced more like $70-75 but at nearly $100 I'm not ready to take a chance on this bra. I don't trust bonded seams and I've seen two reviews now where people say they ripped hooks out of bra. I also hate the unfinished edges on the laser cut fabric. 

4 - I don't need a bra like this. I can get similar support from bras that give me a more natural shape - my old Donna Karans and Champion Powerback were pretty good and made me look like I had two boobs. Granted, I gave up wearing them well before I started running. However, I am supremely happy with my Strap It Like It's Hot and Ta Ta Tamer bras when it comes to running. The SILIH comes up similarly high to the Enlite but it's a cute bra and it looks nice under lower cut tanks. I also like the support in the Glide and Stride Bra a lot. 

However, it was super soft and comfy so I might go back and play with sizes more to see if I can figure out how to get into it by myself. It took me many store visits of trying and re-trying on the Ta Ta Tamer before I figured out the right size and developed a method to get into it. Once I did, it was my go-to bra for running until the Strap It Like It's Hot came along.


Have you guys tried it on and taken it for a run? How have you liked it and what is your normal run bra?

22 comments:

toni lande said...

man that bra is so damn ugly & looks so cheap. I really don't understand why they didn't make it a bra that can be open/closed in the front rather than in the back. I wish they would make more free to be wild bras, but with more coverage in the front. Same with the lighten up bra.I think for running my favorite is the run stuff your bra, just wish they made more fun patterns!

Anonymous said...

Omg did you all see all the fake reviews on lulu website about this enlite bra? They stick out like a sore thumb! Lol!

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:56 pm - So far I've seen 5 five-star reviews. This one seems very authentic : "Freedom Bra
This bra gave me just the amount of freedom i need to move gracefully, all the while, being flexible enough for my breathe to flow naturally."

@ Toni - front closure would be great.

Anonymous said...

Like...they know we can see account registration dates on reviews, right?

Anonymous said...

It looks just gross. If you've got boobs check out Anita Active bras. Not cheap but I love mine.

Anonymous said...

Great review. I'm not large chested so this bra isn't for me anyway, but I am curious to see where Lulu is headed with bras. TBH it has been awhile since I've bought a bra I loved from Lulu. Even though I'm not large (34 b/c) I'm over 40 and need support and compression. The styles I've tried recently (free to be serene and anew bra) have been made of very stretchy material so they felt too big in my usual size because they didn't hold me still. To me, energy bras are "ok" but my favorite bras ever are the sweaty or not bra and the strap it like it's hot bra. They not only look attractive, they're a snug compressive fit that I can actually perform in. I wish Lulu would bring those back. I do also wear my Run Stuff Your Bra styles a fair amount. I believe those were appealing to some with a larger chest, as well.

Anonymous said...

The number of "spontaneous" rave reviews I have seen by various fitness instructors, both official lululemon ambassadors & not, is just ridiculous - was every fitness instructor in north america sent a free bra to rave about on instagram? One of the reviewers actually said she was glad that lululemon finally made a bra for people with a-cups. Are you kidding me!?!? Isn't that every bra they make?

Agree with all the other reviews here - the hooks are nearly impossibly to navigate, multiple bras at the store I went to already had frayed edges. And definite boob shelf!

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 10:41 pm - lol, I know. I checked one of them - the 'this bra made me free to breathe' one. First review ever, shocker.

@ anon 12:20 am - thanks!

Anonymous said...

I miss the cross you heart bra - that was my favourite lulu bra ever. Supportive and didn't give me uniboob.

LuluAddict said...

@anon 11:42 am- I know a lot of people liked that one. It's too bad they only make a couple of runs of things we love. I loved the Strap It Like It's Hot bras and grabbed every color, which was only 6. They get treated like gold because I need to them last. I really wish they'd make them again.

Anonymous said...

I miss the All Sport bra. It was the only one that didn't give me back fat and covered the underarm boob fat

toni lande said...

I love the all sport bra! I really love the 3 strap variety because of the pretty detail in the back & how it's adjustable!

Lululove said...

I actually did buy this bra (full disclosure, i am a KL at a store, did 3 boot camp workouts so far in it and it was pretty comfy, not something i usually say to describe a bra. Didnt dig in my shoulders at all. I agree it was hard to clasp but once i got the hang of that part it was a good fit. Bought the same as my usual bra size.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you Luluaddict, my go to bras are the tata tamers and strap it like its hot. I find the new version tata tamer III more supportive than the II, and wish they would stock more sizes in the store. The last two colour releases (henna and blue hydrangea) sold out so fast online in the 36c and for some reason the store were not even stocking anything smaller than a D cup! I wrote my frustration to the ed's and they assured me that my "feedback would be passed along"...
I also wish I bought more SILIH bras, I only have 2... however, after a sweaty workout I do find them difficult to take off.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:39 pm - Yeah, the SILIH is not a super comfy bra that I can leave on all day after a workout but it holds me in and it never bothers me for my workouts. I haven't tried the latest TTT version. I hope they fix the closure system (and reprice a bit lower but I won't hold my breath on that) on this new bra because I wouldn't mind having another supportive bra choice. I also bought two of the Glide and Stride bras - they're on WMTM now - and I find them very comfortable and decently supportive.

Anonymous said...

Won't try it on because of the price. I am a 36 D and have both a L and XL in the champion show off bra for running. $30-40, can't go wrong. No bounce. Not attractive under a tank like a cute energy bra but that is not why I wear a sports bra.

Anonymous said...

Anyone order Panache in the US? Do you have to get it from a UK supplier or is there a US reseller that ships?

janine57 said...

It's sad they've gone to lieing and making their employees lie. Especially with all that new age crap they spout which is crap because they are liars.

Why not make more silih? It sold well? They are always trying to reinvent the wheel when they don't need too. Sorry to be negative.

Anonymous said...

If that bra were $70 USD and had the clasp in the front I think it would work well. I can't believe it took 2 years (as ed told me) to design this thing. No one tried it on while it was being designed.
It looks great on a mannequin.
As 11:42 said, the cross your heart was a great bra, I still have 2 that I use for high impact activities. The tata tamer is also a very good bra if you have large breasts.

M

Anonymous said...

I get my size 30GG Panache Sports from amazon or ebay. Jta definitely not a popular bra here, though so far its my holy grail sports bra. My size is also non existent in the US :(

Amy said...

This bra is not cute :(. I have multiple Ta Ta Tamers that have lasted more than 5 years. They are perfect for running - I won't run in anything else - but they look like regular bras so when I want to run only in a sports bra, I don't feel comfortable doing so in those. I was hoping this bra would be the answer, but the price, the look, and the difficulty getting it on/off are turn offs for me.

Ami said...

I actually really love this bra. I am a fan of the Tata tamer but decided to give this a try and I didn't want to take it off all weekend. I have bras from Moving Comfort that hook in the back similar to this so it was no big deal. I also think it's really cute for a high support bra.i guess it's not for everybody but it fits me better than any other bra and nothing digs anywhere, I don't want too wear w different bra ever again.