Handful Bra Review & Giveaway!

[GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED…..]

Now let me just start this post off by saying I know there has been countless reviews of this product floating around the running blog-o-sphere but nevertheless I wanted to review this more than anything else.

why?

because I have small breasts.

I never had an issue with them PRIOR to Logan. I was quite comfortable with my less than average chest and even in a normal sports bra I didn’t mind that I looked kinda like a 11 year old. As I have always been a small breast advocator 😉

However, now my breasts aren’t nearly as perky, nor do I feel comfortable in a sports bra that flattens them – I want to look like I have boobs. It makes me feel confident and better about myself. If I had the money, I’d get implants, but I don’t so I wear padded bras, padded bikinis you name it – let the false advertising commence! I have even gone as far as to put padding in my normal sports bra so I didn’t look so flat.

…..Then along came Handful; designed to flatter, not flatten.

I fell in love.

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When Jody from Handful offered to give me a bra to review I was so excited. I decided to get an XS bra based on the reviews from fellow bloggers. I chose the nude colour because it can be worn with anything and I haven’t seen anyone else wear it.

Initial observations about the bra were – YAY I have breasts! and man, these straps are kind of tight.

I asked Jody if she could let me exchange mine for a small and she said she could send me one so I could compare and then decide! – great customer service!

So I also have a small black Handful.

Verdict – their sizing chart is accurate and if you are like me (an inbtwn size) go up a size. If for no other reason for the straps alone. They are just too tight in the smaller size. I like my sports bras a bit tighter for support, but I couldn’t believe how comfortable this bra was, once I was in the RIGHT size :)

Look! I have breasts! Thanks Handful :)

There is definitely a significant difference between both sizes:

Small Black and Extra Small Nude – 2 inches difference as site specifies but strap length is significantly different as well!

I decided to go with the small instead of the xsmall. It just feels better and gives me more coverage.

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The bra comes in a mesh bag for laundry, has removable pads,  washes and wears really well. I wore my Handful on runs, spinning, during yoga, even ‘out and about’ in normal clothes and to bed one night. It IS a great bra. I really liked it.

mesh laundry bag, padded inserts, flattering bra

As far as most features go it’s the same as any other sports bra; wicks away moisture, breathes, stays in place, provides support – all the things you want in a good bra that’s going to be used when you’re sweaty and working hard!

As far as where it’s different:

pros:

  • ruching in the center makes a femine figure both with and without padding (I even liked it without)
  • padding covers nipples (so they don’t show in cold gyms) and adds to make a more curvy appearance.
  • very comfortable around chest and ribcage.
  • stayed put and unnoticeable during all workouts.
cons:
  • thin straps – I thought the design was nice with the crossed back but the straps may be better if they were a little wider.
  • straps need to be adjustable. The XS straps just dug into me.

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So bottom line – this is a GREAT bra for women wanting a more feminine figure. The best part is it also stacks up to the competition in the sports aspect too. I would highly recommend it. I feel 10, 000 times more comfortable during both workouts and runs. I just LOVE looking like I have a chest. haha I really like the design of it and I love that it doesn’t feel like a sports bra at all. If they made the straps adjustable I’d be sold :) Great Product.

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Handful has also offered to give one lucky reader a FREE bra of their choice.

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TO ENTER:

*mandatory* – “like” Handful on facebook and leave them a nice comment :)

if you don’t have facebook visit their site and leave me a comment saying which colour you like best!

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additional entries: (do as many as you like and leave a SEPARATE comment for each)

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Giveaway will close on Friday January 13th @ midnight (feeling lucky?) and winner will be posted on Saturday. Thanks for participating.

**Also some EXCITING news – Starting TOMORROW (Jan 10th) Handful will be having a CLOSEOUT sale on all nude, cocoa and pink bras – $28 instead of $40!!!!!! So get them while you can 😀 

I know I’m buying another Nude one for sure!!!!!

(although this bra was given to me for free – my opinion is my own! – let’s face it, who doesn’t want to look sexier while working out!)

(EDIT – this bra is also GREAT for chesty girls!!! I just obviously don’t have experience in that area)

182 thoughts on “Handful Bra Review & Giveaway!

  1. i liked them on FB and i already like your blog 😀 i don;t have twitter tho, so that’s my effort for the giveaway, but i would LOVE one of these bras, they look awesome. I’m totally gonna buy one anyways, but how do I choose a colour!! LOL :)
    great review Ali!!

  2. Just looking at that bra, there is no way I would believe it would work for me. So I’m going to enter the giveaway hoping to win one so I can review it for us boobalicious athletes 😉

  3. Great review, Ali! You’ve convinced me that I definitely need some of these… I will be taking advantage of that closeout sale! Right now is the only time in my life that I’ve had anything even remotely close to boobs (…thanks to the baby!)

    I liked them on fb and left a comment!

  4. Ah! GIVE ME BOOBS!!! As mentioned in my previous confession, I need them! (And girl, just wait until you have your SECOND baby- it all goes even more down hill. Seriously).

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  6. I just left them a comment on FB after liking their page. I LOVE the sound of these bras! Hard nips at the gym is a bad problem to have, especially while lifting weights with all the brohams at my gym. Hopefully I end up a winner!

    I think my fave color is also nude bc I’ve never seen sports bras that color, and it would go nice with a white shirt!

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