Product Review: Samanta Mintaka A925

Hello Everyone,

When launching a new product or brand in the store, I prefer if I can see samples to determine quality, fit, and materials, especially if those samples are in a size I can try myself.  However, given my current size of UK 32H, my ability to try before buying is somewhat limited, but Polish manufacturer Samanta—in addition to molded cups, push-ups, and delightful vertical seam half-cups—makes a few bras designed to fit larger sizes.  Since shipping from Poland can be pricey, I was thrilled when Sweet Nothings sent me two of the Samanta bras she reviewed on her blog as gifts.  Since we’re size twinsies, it was a fabulous, risk-free way to determine if the designs and products met my exacting standards.  As a result, today I will be reviewing the A925 model from the Mintaka collection with a second review of the A111 coming later this week.  (Note:  If you have not already done so, I highly recommend you read the Prelude to a Product Review post I wrote last week as it covers information on Samanta’s brand strategy, sizing, and pricing that I will not be covering in today’s review.)

Sizing & Fit:  The A925 is one of Samanta’s two semi-soft bras which utilize a lightly padded two-section lower cup and a traditional sheer embroidered upper cup.  Most UK companies bypass the idea of two fabric textures in a bra, favoring instead either a totally padded or non-padded design.  Outside of the Tutti Rouge Liliana, I am hard pressed to think of many semi-soft designs from UK companies.  I heard from Jackie Keto, owner of Her Underthings in New York, that bands for Samanta ran firm, and I tend to agree.  Sweets sent me a 70K (roughly equivalent to a UK 32H) which fits well.  Since the bra is lightly used, I can’t be sure how much it has stretched, but I am wearing the band on the loosest setting comfortably.  In fact, the bra has that wonderful “broken in” feeling without compromising on support or lift.  The cups are perfect with no gaping, wrinkling, or overflow, leading me to believe this is size I would order for the future.

Samanta Mintaka A925: 65 GHIJKLM, 70 FGHIJKL, 75 EFGHIJK, 80 DEFGHIJ, 85 DEFGHI, 90 DEFGH, 95 CDEFG
Samanta Mintaka A925: 65 G-M, 70 F-L, 75 E-K, 80 D-J, 85 D-I, 90 D-H, 95 C-G; $65.00

Like other Polish companies, Samanta uses a narrower underwire and more projected cup which is perfect for close set and narrow rooted breasts.  Samanta is wider than Comexim (although almost everything is), and I do have a small amount of space on the side of the cup. Keep in mind I have almost no side breast tissue, but I do not mind if the underwire extends further than I need provided everything feels comfortable.  The center gore is narrow as well and offers a fair amount of projection.  Given the shape, I think the A925 would be a nice alternative for people who either need slightly wider underwires than Comexim and/or prefer a bra with more coverage.

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Despite the narrow gore and deep cups, the center gore tacks well at the bottom and then soft tacks toward the top.  As I have become more familiar with Polish and European lingerie brands, I have learned the hard “UK tack” is not universally popular, and I know I have personally experienced bruising and tenderness from heavy gauge wires, especially those in fuller coverage styles like this one.  As a result, when a bra soft tacks near the top, I typically evaluate whether this quibble impacts anything else about the fit, shape, or aesthetic of the bra.  For the A925, the soft tacking does not negatively impact anything about the bra nor does it compromise the lift and separation.  My breasts remain fully separated in the cups, regardless of how much moving or bending I perform.  Furthermore, because the gore height and coverage is higher (Samanta specifically states the bra is designed to cover 80% of the bust), the soft tacking actually prevents the bra from digging into any tissue.

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The padding in the cup combined with the vertical seaming directly underneath the heaviest part of the bust offers excellent support, so much so I hardly feel any weight on my shoulders, and the underwire and cup shape works to pull breast tissue inward for a rounded, forward profile.  Sweets told me this was her favorite, and it’s easy to see why.  The bra is really comfortable and does not dig or pinch anywhere.  Even though the sides were slightly wide, the general depth allows me to fully fill out the cup, and a lowered arm prevents chaffing or rubbing.

Each wing utilizes a side stay to shore up the two hook-and-eye closures in the back.  Ordinarily, I prefer at least three hooks because of the added support and smoothing, but the combination of a wider wing and side stays improves the A925’s ability to anchor to the body and disperse the weight of the bust.  I didn’t even realize it was only two hooks at first!  On the flip side, side stays are a design feature which can provoke some strong feelings, but they are easy to remove from a bra.  I, personally, like a side stay for the added support, but I also stand more than I sit, which could impact my feelings.

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Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t criticize the bra for one thing.  The strap placement is too wide, causing me to angle the straps inward more rather than wearing them as intended.  The bra remains comfortable, and the lift and shaping is not compromised.  If I place the straps where it feels like they should be worn, they are on the tips of my shoulders . . . and I am a broad shouldered person!  People with narrow or sloped shoulders may not be able to wear the bra at all for this reason.

Materials & Design:  On the video, I said I wasn’t sure which of the three Samanta price point collections Mintaka fell within, but I have since learned the bra is part of their Pret-a-Porter collection, which is on par with Panache Superbra and Freya (roughly $62-$70 per bra).  The quality really shines through in the design decisions, the materials, and the thoughtful details.  Restricted stretch straps (I do prefer fully-adjustable in fuller-bust lines) do not dig in and feature a lovely embroidery and texture in the front.  The wings are smooth and soft, and the padding in the bottom cup is the perfect amount to lift tissue without feeling too heavy or thick.

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The opulent purple base is complimented by contrasting gold embroidery as well as subtle purple threading which offers a sense of depth without detracting from the flattering purple/yellow juxtaposition.  On the lower cup, the embroidery consists of small flowers and vines, but the upper cup reminds me of a circus because of the Ferris wheel shapes.  Samanta also includes their name written in lace on the wing of their bras for a cute way of branding the item.  I also love the semi-soft idea.  I mentioned above how this design is not as prevalent, but I think the way it combines two cup types together is smart and interesting.  The lower cup can provide nipple protection for anyone afraid to go totally sheer while the upper cup still offers a peek-a-boo quality as well as the fit flexibility of something less padded.  I’d love to see more companies adopting this idea in the future!

I have been wearing the bra for a few weeks now, and it’s definitely prevalent in my rotation.  I didn’t think I’d really find anything that I’d want to wear as much as my Comexims, but Samanta definitely won me over with the comfort, support, and shape!

Erica

Product Review: Samanta Mintaka A925
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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11 thoughts on “Product Review: Samanta Mintaka A925

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm
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    Looks really promising! I will look forward to finally trying the brand, should you decide to carry it in your shop. I am a huge fan of the soft tack. In fact, I haven’t yet encountered a Euro brand (French, German, or Polish) that does anything else. And I think you’re on to something with the side stay issue: I hate them if they’re rigid, but don’t notice them when they’re soft & flexible. And the bad ones definitely dig more when sitting all day. My preference is always to get rid of them altogether, but if they’re done well, I can live with them.

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      Hi Alicia! Soft tack is one of the fit elements that I initially thought was essential, but as I have gained more experience, I’ve realized it’s not always necessary, and in some cases, it’s either nearly impossible to achieve or can be uncomfortable. This store and my customers have taught me so much! Side stays are really something I think has to be done well to feel comfortable. I think sometimes they don’t run the side stay long enough in the channel too. Then the fabric folds over and the stay digs painfully. I find the most resistance to them in the wireless market, which makes sense since those people are not wanting an underwire at all . . . to include the side stay!

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  • May 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm
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    THIS COLOR ON YOU THO. It looks so fantastic! I will say that I too found the straps too wide-set for me, but I’m in the process of trying out some new styles, so I’ll be interested to see if there’s any difference there. Loved reading your review– so glad you like it!

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm
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      <3 <3 You. are. the. best. I'm excited to hear about the new styles! I really want to check out the A333 for the store since it says it's a push-up for softer tissue to create cleavage and lift. I'm starting small and building up from there with the brand. It's nice to offer more options to customers, and I can't thank you enough for being such a lovely friend!

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  • May 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    Why are you always hide your back…..every video is same, is this the way to review bras no side view no back view …are you afraid to show your back …plz tell me you are the most beautiful bra reviewer on YouTube than why u hide your back this is only 50% review of this bra

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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      Hi Kelly! Thanks for commenting! I’ve had this request more frequently on Youtube. There are a lot of reasons why I don’t always show my back (see the Fancies review where I did a full shot). First, I tend to take these pictures very quickly and in one session consisting of, at most, 10 minutes. They are usually squeezed in first thing in the morning before we open or during the day between customers. Sometimes I just forget. Sometimes the picture doesn’t turn out well. Sometimes I don’t feel like the back shot adds anything new that the side or text doesn’t already show. Sometimes I’m not feeling all that body positive and don’t feel like torturing myself more by posting a picture I don’t love (like of back fat or squishy tissue). With Youtube videos, I do usually do a shot from the side while talking about the issues. I guess I find it very weird to stop mid sentence and start turning around to show the back. It also messes with the sound because my voice is now projected away from me should I want to elaborate. Like the pictures, I try to get the videos done in a single take. They aren’t scripted. It’s literally me talking off the cuff about the bra, and I try to the best I can. In the future, I’ll see what I can do about additional shots.

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  • May 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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    This bra really fits you beautifully and it’s very elegant!

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    • Erica
      May 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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      Thanks, K-line! The fabrics and embroidery are gorgeous in person too.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 5:12 pm
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    This beautiful bra is definitely a great fit on you, and the colour, too! Honestly, I like all of the embroidery, even the ‘ferris wheels’ on top…but then I embroider, so perhaps that’s why. It just all looks so rich and…hm….Court at Versailles, which of course is not everybody’s look!

    I like the dual-texture cup concept a lot. As you know, I prefer more structure but love the look of the softer cups, with the peek-a-boo lace and so forth. This sort of bra might be a great option for people in the same boat!

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    • Erica
      May 14, 2016 at 11:50 am
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      Yes! “Court of Versailles” is a perfect way to describe this bra. Absolutely perfect! They have a navy/gold version coming for fall that is also quite beautiful. It’s definitely over the top with ornateness, but I think the price point on it, especially for the details, is fantastic. I think having that structured bottom can attract more customers, particularly because the padded part covers most of the nipples too, so anyone wanting a padded bra can still appreciate this one.

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