The Beige Bra Battles: Comexim Basic vs. Anna Pardal Milk & Honey

Hello Everyone,

The weather predictions were spot on yesterday when they said our area would have at least 8″ of snow accumulation, and I am presently gazing through the window at the newly minted wonderland of my backyard while I write and catch up on work.  Since I am snowed in today, I thought it would be fun to indulge in a little bra competition on the blog.  More or less, I am writing a double review on two similar styles.  So, double the pictures!

Basic
Basic
Milk & Honey
Milk & Honey

For my fellow pale sisters, beige bras often function as the closest shade to our natural skin-tone, and I am often asked which Anna Pardal or Comexim bras work best as a basic beige bra.  As it happens, when I first requested samples of the line, I received both an Anna Pardal Milk & Honey as well as a Comexim Basic, and I have been wearing them both for several months, meaning my opinions are more evolved and comprehensive.  (Note:  All of the pictures were taken when I received the bras.)

Sizing & Fit:  Both bras are my standard Comexim/Anna Pardal size of 32HH, which worked well.  The band on Basic immediately felt a little stretchier, but I still started wearing it on the loosest set of hooks.  The cup size on both was also correct with no overflow of the cups.  Both of the pictures taken from the side do seem to indicate significant gaping, but my lack of experience with modelling is more to blame than the bra.  Furthermore, both bras also have the practically trademarked Comexim narrow underwires, lower center gore and side, plunging shape, and deeper, lightly padded cups.  The profile from the side is incredibly lifted and rounded, and I am huge fan of how the underwires do not extend too far on my sides or hit too high under the arm.  Women with close set breasts will appreciate this design, but women who have more breast tissue toward the side or shallower busts may need to look at another brand. 

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Note the aforementioned odd cup gaping
Note the aforementioned odd cup gaping

The Difference:  The Milk & Honey is textbook perfect for me in every possible way, but the Basic had some fit quibbles.  The center gore on Basic barely soft tacks, and I had issues with space near the straps.  The cups near the gore would also gape or fold together depending how I moved, but I still managed to tumble toward the center a couple times every day.

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Materials & Design:  Outside of boasting fully-adjustable straps and three hook-and-eye closures in the back, these bras are obviously vastly different in this department, and I think it only fair to review them separately, starting with Milk & Honey.  Consisting of an allover lace cup with embellished straps and over-sized center bow, the Milk & Honey captures the essence of how you create a neutral bra without making it feel boring or bland.  The overall color reads beige from a distance as well as under lighter colors, but the lace features multiple tones and textures.  Cream and iridescent pink flower bursts contrast with a gold crosshatch pattern which only adds to the incredibly sophisticated feel of the bra.  Everything from the less stretchy band to the aforementioned lace to the padding in the cup oozes quality worthy of the line.  Many hearts were broken when Anna Pardal announced this style was being discontinued.

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Basic, on the other hand, is a cheaper, more . . . well . . . basic bra.  It’s not aspiring to heights of luxury or sophistication, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Sometimes it’s nice to just have a basic bra.  Even with a simpler design, there’s still quite a bit to like about the aesthetic, including the color.  One of my (many) pet peeves with lingerie behemoth Eveden is their refusal to acknowledge that some of us pale people would benefit from a beige that is not so friggin’ yellow, and I really like the undertones for Basic.  I feel like this color would work better across multiple skin tones, and the sheen to the fabric elevates the overall style.  Even with a name like Basic, Comexim thought enough to add some finishing touches like lace embroidery on the top of the cup and an adorable center bow.

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Observations:  Despite having more details, I found the Milk & Honey was more discreet under most of my tops.  The seaming on my Anna Pardal bras seems tighter and flatter than the ones I have tried from Comexim.  Even the Georgia, which I absolutely adored, was still not as t-shirt friendly as the lace cup designs of my Anna Pardal styles.  Basic also stretched out faster too, and I felt like the cup shape started to become worse over time.  Now, in its defense, Basic would retail for about $48 in the shop, and Milk & Honey would be around $62.  The price difference is because one is a higher quality bra, and I don’t think it’s fair to not mention this explanation.  As it turns out, this stretch factor was a good thing because when I was sick, this was the only bra I could tolerate (with a full extender even), so it got *a lot* of wear.  That said, in the efforts of being honest, Basic was my least favorite Comexim bra I have tried.  I felt like the fit here was not as good as the other styles, and the materials seemed cheaper too.  However, Comexim at its worst is still better for me than most brands at their absolute best, so when I make this critique, understand it is really me comparing the brands against themselves rather than against other companies.

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Verdict:  Milk & Honey — A+; Basic — B

Milk & Honey Matching Panties:  I was also sent the Milk & Honey Thong and Tap Pant in size Large, which are lovely.  They use the same lace as on the cup of the bra with some added flourishes for a coherent overall design.  Thongs aren’t my thing, but the tap pant was cute with the flouncy hem on the bottom.  I did find it would creep up a bit throughout the day depending on what I wore though.

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Addendum:  I mentioned earlier that the Milk & Honey was unfortunately discontinued; however, Anna Pardal has an alternative style called Stiff Cappuccino.  Eventually, I will do a mini-review of this bra, but I find it to be comparable in fit, shape, and quality to Milk & Honey.  It uses the same overall lace cup design but adds either embroidery or a satin copper ribbon at the top, depending on your preference.  The lace is a little darker than Milk & Honey but still works well for us pale people.

The Beige Bra Battles: Comexim Basic vs. Anna Pardal Milk & Honey
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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18 thoughts on “The Beige Bra Battles: Comexim Basic vs. Anna Pardal Milk & Honey

  • February 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm
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    I really like both of these designs. Have to agree with you that the Milk and Honey is my favourite, the details are nice and delicate and it seems to fit better than the Basic. Is it a plunge? On the last picture it seems so? I’d love to try Comexin and Anna Pardel but am not sure if the wires would be too narrow, being a Panache convert. Envy in mint came today and the fit is similar to Colette as opposed to Floris. The 32 is stretchy so if trying it I’d stick to usual band size.

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    • Erica
      February 27, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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      Hi Alex! Most Anna Pardal styles start off as a plunge, but they can made into more of a balcony shape through the reduced cup/raised gore alteration. I’ll be doing a post discussing this and comparing them in the next couple weeks. However, the wires are definitely narrower than Panache, so if you prefer that width, Comexim/Anna Pardal may not be right brand for you. Also, isn’t it funny how the Panache bands can be so dependent on their color? Are you liking the color of the mint?

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      • February 28, 2015 at 5:18 am
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        Hiya the mint colour would be right up your street, it’s icy mint so looks lovely. I got it mixed up with the olivia in the comment. It is stretchier than my other envys so think a 30 would have been best. Looking forward to the Olivia bra arriving. Will update when it arrives 🙂

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        • Erica
          February 28, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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          I love icy pastels! Of course, I live in dark colors, so I am constantly paranoid about color bleed. It has dissuaded me from ordering the incredibly gorgeous Poison Ivy from Comexim for just this reason.

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          • March 1, 2015 at 8:28 am
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            That is a nice bra. I would be worried about the colour bleed on that one too! Of course Envy do the Cassis colour if you were going to buy one.

  • February 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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    You’ve got me so excited for my custom Stiff Cappucino (such a funny name!!)…fingers crossed it fits.

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    • Erica
      February 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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      The name makes me chuckle too, but there’s an explanation for it! Originally, they had an unpadded bra called Cappuccino, and they decided when Milk & Honey’s lace was sold out that they would take the same Cappuccino lace and put it over the padded cup. So, since the cup was now padded, they named the modified version Stiff Cappuccino. 😀

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  • February 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm
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    I wish Comexim did my size. 🙁 Because one has to go up a band and cup from one’s UK size, I am thus sized out.

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    • Erica
      February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm
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      Hi Lynn! Even if they do not make your size, don’t lose hope. Anna from Anna Pardal is working with Comexim to continue expanding the cup sizes in the designs. They’re making fit tweaks and looking for feedback on how to improve the newly expanded sizing too, so even if you can’t buy them now, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to later!

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  • February 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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    I hope so, as I have a voucher code for Comexim! Plus, I prefer their designs to EM. It also seems they give tremendous lift, which is the only thing I care about when it comes to bras. I don’t care about shape, for instance!

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    • Erica
      February 27, 2015 at 2:26 pm
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      Lift is one thing Comexim does exceptionally well! I hope you get a chance to try them. The free alterations are the best, and I think it helps people get exactly what they want.

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  • March 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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    They both look like beautiful bras, but as a fair-skinned woman with a proclivity for light-hued tops, it does make me quite happy to see light-coloured, non-white bras that have some prettification features! I’ve not tried Comexim before, but perhaps I’ll have to give them a whirl.

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    • Erica
      March 13, 2015 at 11:25 am
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      Hi Jen! I think Comexim and Anna Pardal exceed exceptionally well with light colored bras that are also pretty. Anna Pardal’s Stiff Cappuccino is quite lovely, but on the regular Comexim line, the Ginger is really beautiful too. It’s great to be able to buy a functional bra that doesn’t look so boring!

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  • April 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm
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    Hi Erica, I love your blog! Could you comment on projection near the gore for these two bras? I have a Basic 70G and have similar fit issues to those you mentioned, i.e. gaping by the straps, and the gore only soft-tacking (mine tacks at the bottom but leans out). Your post on customizations was very educational: After reading it, I considered ordering lower gore but am afraid of losing stability, and I considered moving the straps in but don’t want to lose any projection. Hoping AP’s Milk & Honey 32F will solve my problems instead! (Also, based on bratabase index sizes, that’s what I came up with – would you say that’s the same as a Comexim 70G?) Thanks!

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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      So glad you like the blog! Basic to me is just a little subpar compared to the brand’s other offerings, but it’s also an older style. My AP bras as well as the ones I tried recently from Comexim have all been vastly improved in terms of fit both at the strap and near the center. I haven’t posted a review yet of the Felicity from my alterations post, but it has the straps moved in 2cm and the gore/cups both reduced. Here are a few early bird thoughts: I didn’t think I needed a 2cm strap movement or a reduced cup, but this bra fits perfectly . . . everywhere. It’s not that my other bras were bad before (obviously), but this just inched them closer to perfection. I didn’t find the cup to lose depth either. The lower gore was nice too, and I felt pretty stable. However, I would probably keep the classic gore or raise the gore for work bras since I move so much.

      Also, yes a 32F should be a 70G in Comexim sizing. 🙂

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