Genie Bra: The Good, the Bad, and the Facts
"The Miracle, Best Ever, Genie Bra!"?
Infomercials claiming "The Miracle, Best Ever, Genie Bra!" have been airing on several TV networks, and this bra has caused quite an uproar among many women, some who actually do consider it the best bra ever, while others who say it's nothing less than a horrible scam on unsuspecting women everywhere.
Who's right? We went online to order this miracle, test it, and see what we think. Read on to see our review.
The Infomercial for the Genie Bra: True or Hype?
The infomercial begins with scenes of several women struggling with obviously misfitted bras. We are told that "you just know that most bras were invented by men," and we are then introduced to the show host, Jane Denoble, who looks pretty good in her blue dress (under which she proclaims to be wearing a Genie Bra). Ms. Denoble then introduces Stella Riches, a "fashion trend launcher" who tells us that the woven extra support comfort band eliminates band roll up. She also assures us that the everlast stretch fabric is intricately woven so that it moves with your body, provides support, and eliminates unsightly top bulge, underarm spillage, back fat, and concerns about ill-fitting cup sizes. They also tell us that if a woman wears a size small shirt, she'd wear a small Genie Bra (and a size medium shirt equals a medium Genie Bra, etc.).
Wow! this does sound like a miracle bra, and each of the various models sure do look great in their new bras. We're offered not three, but six bras for the price of three for just $59.99 + shipping.
So, after checking what few reviews we could find, we went online to order this miracle and met up with our first delay: The site didn't recognize our zip code... ugh. Okay, probably best to call them anyway, since want to accommodate 36DDD (E-girls), and though the infomercial continuously emphasized this custom-conforming bra is for women of all sizes, and showed a few 36/38DD girls, they did not specify any E-girls. Neither did they show an actual size chart on the broadcast, so maybe it would best to ask a real person about the size.
The representative was very nice and was fluent English-speaking. She said that size large would be perfect for the 36E girls, and on April 4th, we proceeded with the order, after which she made an un-refusable offer to sell us three of the lace-trimmed bras. She told us that our order should arrive within 2-3 weeks, and sent an order verification to our email.
And so we waited... and waited, and tracked, and waited, and then got nervous and checked the reviews again. OMG! After reading more recent reviews, a cloud of buyers remorse settled in like a dark storm cloud. Then on May 18th another email arrived, stating that the order had shipped.
Dear genie customer,
Thank you for your order with geniebra.com. Your order number is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Follow this link to check the status of your order. We are pleased to inform you that your order has shipped.
Shipping Date: 05/18
Order Date: 04/04
Ordered UPC Code Product Description ........... Unit Price Qty/Shpd Amt
1 4-00202-40 SEAMLESS 3PC MULTI/L W/PADS........... $59.99 1 $59.99
1 4-00204-40 SEAMLESS LACE W/PADS 3PC L/MUL... $29.97 1 $29.97
Merchandise Subtotal: ................................................................... $89.96
Processing and Handling:.............................................................. $31.97
Sales Tax Total:................................................................................ $0.00
...................................................................................Order Total: $121.93
Slow Shipping, Poor Sizing, and Extra Items on Invoice
Hmm... that's odd. $59.99 for pads? There was no mention of pads in the infomercial, though I saw reviews that remarked about pads; wonder what that's about?
Finally, after another 10 days the miracle Genie Bras finally arrived on 5/28. Am I wrong in thinking the pony express would have been faster? Am I wrong in thinking that for $31.97, shipping could have been faster than 10 days? Am I wrong in wondering why it took more than 7 weeks to toss 3 pre-packaged bra sets into another bag? Maybe I'm just paranoid after reading those horrible reviews just one day before the bras finally arrived.
Skeptically, the package is opened, and inside the tyvek envelope are three separate sets of three bras, three each, in white, black, and nude, one set lace-trimmed. Then I pull out a rather nice-looking white bra that does look like the ones seen in the TV ad. Yep, there are little pads hidden within tiny pockets that open to the side of each cup, and again I wonder why these pads weren't mentioned in the ad, but they do seem to add shape.
Having taped the infomercials, we watch it again: Nope, no mention of any pads, and somehow, the bras don't look exactly the same, either. The straps and band appear wider in the infomercial, and these cups look small, but let's see if they can accommodate the girls. Immediately, the E-girls are struggling to find space within the cups, and the thin fabric finally explains the obvious reason for the pads: Whoa! Everything shows through, especially on the white bra, and yes, these little pads definitely add a lot of shape and now we're wondering if XL might have been a wiser choice, but no, the straps on this bra are a bit loose actually, so XL would be too big. Darn! We're also noting a slight uni-boob look going on — ugh!—and some underarm spillage too, but the back is smooth. Okay, let's put a shirt on....
Our Final Word on the Genie Bra
Well, not as bad as dreaded. Not uncomfortable (too much jiggle, though). We definitely won't be exercising, speed walking, or running in these bras! What to do, what to do? Let's put another bra on over the first one. Okay, this is better, but wait... take the pad out of the inner bra, and leave the pad inside of the outer bra, and now this looks and feels better. Pull the inner bra up in front a bit to avoid front and side spillover —it feels a bit tight, but it's still smooth in back. Wearing two Genie bras definitely provides more support.
The bottom line: I think this just might be a "miracle bra" for up to 36D girls, maybe even the DDs, but there were no miracles here for the bigger girls. You'll need to wear two bras at once if you want any support. Worn alone and these are casual sleep bras only.
As far as the Genie Bra claims, on a scale of 1-10, here's the marks:
For comfort, it rates a 9.
For support, it rates a 3-4. Sorry, just not enough lift!
For style, it rates a 6/7. Not bad-looking, but lots of room for improvement.
What about you?
If you tried the Genie Bra, let us know what you think.
Questions & Answers
Should I take the padding out of my Genie bras before I wash them?
I don't believe that is necessary, especially since these should be laundered by hand or delicate cycle.Helpful 3