Decent corsets normally run $45 and up to $350. I own approximately 20 of them. Some were custom made, some were off the rack from a variety of places including Fredrick's and some overseas sellers through eBay. I was delighted to find this seemingly beautiful corset for such a low price. A girl can never have too many, you know!
The corset is cut true to size, my complaint is with the overall design and quality of the material. The eye and loop hooks refuse to stay closed, (once you get the steel "buttons" in their proper eyes, (they are difficult to manage as the hole for the eye is not very big), they keep popping open, even though I ordered the correct size and should have had no such problem. After I went round and round with the closures, I stood up to see the item on and looked in the mirror. Let me tell you, it's a far cry from what is described on the Amazon site. The "faux leather" is a flimsy coating of vinyl over cheap cloth. It is very thin, and doesn't feel as though it would hold up for very long, definitely not through the machine the washing the manufacturer recommends on the tag.
As for the pattern cut or design, rather than pushing the breasts up and out like most corsets, this corset actually flattens them down and separates them, making them appear much smaller than they are. As I stated, I have quite a few corsets already, and not a single one of the others does this. In fact, until now, I was unaware a corset actually could make your breasts look small and unimpressive. The whole point of a corset is to shove your female assets together, lift them up, and put them on center stage. I have cotton tank tops that do a far better job of that than this cheap thing. I even went so far as to put extra padding in the small cups (the silicone push up pads that are sold in all lingerie departments now, at places such as Target and Walmart. Even with the additional increase in cup size, this corset refused to do anything other than lie flat across my chest, making my 42DDs look like 38Bs at best. No exaggeration!
Because I bought it from Amazon, I knew I would be able to return it worry- and hassle-free, right? I mean I pay a little more for things on Amazon at times in order to get the flexible shipping/return policies and the Prime eligible items that can really save you in shipping costs. But no, after writing to the seller and asking to return this item, I was informed that "due to hygiene reasons" I could not return or exchange this item. I may as well bought it from a guy on Craigslist in an alley way. I have returned bras before, so I am unsure as to what hygiene issues the seller is referring to. To be honest, I am assuming this is their way of not having to stand behind what they sell.
As this is an unflattering corset at best, I will probably hang onto it and give it to a flat-chested friend at some point who is not concerned with the advantage a well-designed corset can bestow upon the female form. If you are considering purchasing this item, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you look elsewhere. This won't do you any favors. Fredrick's of Hollywood corsets cost twice the price, but they will enhance your figure, not detract from it. There are also some really great eBay sellers out of Hong Kong who sell similar items at comparative prices who carry merchandise that will make you look like an hourglass diva, not the last chick to wander out of the bar at the 2AM sidewalk sale. Save your money and avoid this poorly-designed item.