While I truly appreciate satin and sheer mesh, something I literally adore is a discrete embossed pattern. I love it when details are un-obviously glorious, and this is what attracted me first in the Scantilly Ignite set. (Also as a proof, here is a picture of my first pair of Dr. Martens). Well, once the bra arrived I realized that the flowers were not an actual part of the cup but an embroidered mesh strategically coloured and placed to give the illusion of an embossed surface. However, after seeing it in real life, I loved it even more.
The shape of the cups also put this bra at the top of my “absolute-need” list, but the detailed that made it totally indispensable was its super strappy racer back. Since my teenage ages, I noticed that racer backs can easily result in a very nice cleavage, something that my full on bottom breasts don’t experience so often, plus it makes this set looks like a warrior/amazon attire. So I thought Ignite could feed my need for a Marie-Antoinette cleavage and a Xena look.
Seriously, look at these cups! They catch the light so beautifully! The bronze mesh makes them look dark brown but I actually think the thicker material is black. I really enjoy how shimmery they are without looking covered with glitters. I love it.
So I bought the set in 30H and Small. I think the bra runs really small in the cup since I am a 30GG (on the small side of the size) but the band is true to size. It feels tighter than my other Scantilly bands, though. Note that I own the Scantilly Peek-A-Boo (black) in 30GG, the Knock-Out in 30G, and the Unleash in a 30H. So I would say that this brand isn’t really consistent in the sizing.
The cups are in three parts linked by two vertical seams and are kind of shallow, although they have less padding than the Unleash bra’s cups. I personally feel more comfortable wearing Ignite since my breasts don’t get out of it. It actually shows the top part of my nipples at some point, but still contains my breasts. Of course, this is not really an everyday bra and if I move to much, or if I bend over my breasts eventually comes out a little bit but in all honesty this is something I decided to ignore in order to wear this bra as often as I can. If my nipples weren’t as high situated and my breasts so projected, I think this would not be a big issue.
I have read that some people didn’t like the height of the gore on this bra, and while I usually don’t like high gores, this was definitely one of the elements that sold the bra to me. This fashion detail has the property to give more dimension to your boobs and I had only seen this on small bust lingerie. However I was really jealous that I couldn’t wear anything like that so now I am happy ^^ . I think it makes the bra look somehow more luxurious and it seems that Scantilly designers put a lot of thoughts into it.
As you can see, my nipples are already showing… I didn’t rearrange the cups on purpose so you could see what it actually looks like after only taking pictures of it.
Construction wise, I would say that it is a very nice half-cup for full-busted women. Considering that the real definition of a half-cup would put half of your breasts outside of the cup in a very immodest way, I think this one is a more wearable version. It allows you to wear it quite easily under clothes for a limited period of time without much things to complain about (if you choose your clothes thoughtfully).
The underwires are wide, but comfortable, and the band features side bones. The double set of straps is only adjustable on the lower part, below the ring. I think this type of bras may be nice for the shoulders but sometimes I experienced neck pain, which is to take in consideration if your breasts are bigger than mine. I am not sure of the accurate reason of the pain since I didn’t experience it with the last bralette I reviewed which had the same type of back straps. So it might be due to the straps placement, my posture (since it doesn’t happen everytime I wear it) plus my own shoulders shape, so not everybody might have the same issue.
I really enjoy the rose gold hardware used in every Scantilly set, even if I am not really lucky with them. One of my Scantilly panty just lost its little charm and one day I received a set which had both the bra’s and the panty’s charms chilling at the bottom of the plastique envelope that contained them. I am not sure what is going on with them but they rarely lay flat on the gore which must be one of the reason why they tend to easily get lost. On this bra the charm doesn’t lay flat either but so far it stayed in place, and I am glad because it is lovely.
The coordinate is very provocative, yet delicate and comfortable. The front part is made of the same mesh that covers the bra cups, and you can see that it is very transparent.
The sheer back features two keyholes, and one very wide hole at the crotch, meaning you really don’t need to remove them to do what you might do in the boudoir, lol. I was very surprised when I received them, as I thought there were only two keyholes at the back which is already more than usual, but then I realized that the crotch was split in the middle. So it is not really crotchless like my Lovehoney bodysuit but the crotch is only there to make you feel comfortable when wearing this panty with jeans, I think.
I got this set on sale this winter and I really don’t regret my purchase, although I think I would not buy this set at its original price, considering my student budget and the fact that I can’t wear it as often as my other sets. That said I love Ignite, it makes me feel really good in my skin and I think it is a unique set in my drawer!
Sending love and positive thoughts,