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I Tried It… Strap Perfect

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Strap Perfect

I hate how trashy exposed bra straps look, but ever since I grew out of my sole racerback bra at age 15, I’ve always had to deal with my bra straps showing while wearing some of my favorite tops. And going braless (or buying an expensive convertible bra just to wear with a few tops) is something I’d rather not do.

That’s where Strap Perfect comes in. I’m sure you guys have probably seen it on TV – the Strap Perfect commercial claims the product will transform any bra into a racerback bra perfect to wear with all your favorite tops. In addition, it’s supposed to increase your cup size and give you a major lift in the front, all for $9.99. Sounds pretty good… but does it actually work?

I recently got the chance to try Strap Perfect for myself, thanks to my friend Mary Beth who bought a set, and I’m here to share the results with you. Did Strap Perfect work as promised? Was I able to completely hide my bra straps while increasing my cup size? Is this product worth your 10 bucks? Read on to find out!

My Experience:

Strap Perfect

After grabbing my favorite racerbank tank from the drawer, I rushed to attach Strap Perfect- with no success. I tried and tried to get the thing on, but I finally gave up and had to go across the hall and get a friend to help me. Although the commercial makes it look easy to attach, it is definitely not so simple. However, once it was on, it stayed on until I took it off- hours later.

Although attaching Strap Perfect was a difficult task, once it was on, I found it was super-comfortable. I literally forgot it was ever there- until I took my bra off at the end of the night and got the Strap Perfect tangled in my hair! I fell asleep that night not knowing how I’d gone 19 years without a Strap Perfect in my life.

My Results:

Strap perfect under a top

As soon as I put my tank top on, I was amazed- my bra straps weren’t showing and the Strap Perfect was invisible. My biggest surprise came when the feeling lasted all night, as it literally did not budge from my upper back. As I mentioned before, it was really, really comfortable. I did, however, notice that I had to loosen up my bra straps quite a bit- if I hadn’t, the Strap Perfect would not have been as comfortable.

While the product does work for taming bra straps, it’s not a miracle cup size booster. The commercial claims that Strap Perfect lifts the bust up, adding volume and fullness, but I didn’t notice a difference. When I mentioned this to Mary Beth, she told me that she only noticed this lift when she tightened her bra straps to the point of discomfort. I tried her technique, and found that the small, barely-visible lift was not worth an aching back and sore shoulders.

My Overall review:

Strap Perfect set

Will this product help you hide regular bra straps under racerback and cross-back garments? Yes. Will your breasts look a cup size bigger? No- but you can get minimal lift if you sacrifice any sort of comfort. That said, you could just buy a push up bra instead and save yourself the pain. Are Strap Perfects worth it? Yes, especially if you have tops that show your bra straps. Just don’t expect it to do much else than hide your straps.

At $19.99 plus shipping+ handling, it’s a bit pricey if you order from the TV commercial, but fortunately, Target sells Strap Perfect for only $9.99, making it pretty affordable. In addition, you can split the cost with friends because you only really need one Strap Perfect (or, for two, if you’re forgetful like me), not the 18 that come in a pack.

While Bump Its and Smooth Away didn’t make me believe in the results of As Seen On TV products, Strap Perfect has definitely restored some of my faith in infomercial goodies.

Have you guys tried Strap Perfect?

What did you guys think of it? Do any of you want to try it now? Do you have any other As Seen On TV products that you’d like me to try? Tell me everything in the comments!

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41 Responses to “I Tried It… Strap Perfect”

  1. 1
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I love the Strap Perfects. I’ve had them for about a year now and some of my tops I just couldn’t wear without them! I agree on all your criticisms though. Good post :)

  2. 2
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    In canada you can find in dollarama for $1 (i believe you get 6, 2 of each color)

  3. 3
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Hmm… Those actually look useful!

  4. 4
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I can get the same effect using a large safety pin to hold in my straps without having to pierce through them. Why waste $10 on some plastic?

  5. 5
    March 16th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I had the same experinces as you with this product. My friend bought a pack, and only uses one, so she gave me three. Not bad for single piece of plastic :)

  6. 6
    March 16th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I have seen girl’s Strap Perfects showing before, so I’m a little skeptical of how well they stay in place… Of course, they may not have used them correctly, but still, it was very obvious that they were using one and looked silly.
    But, hey, if they do stay in place then it sounds amazing!

  7. 7
    March 16th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    these are a godsend :)
    Def found some at WalMart for cheap. Now that they’ve been out for a minute, they can be found between the Snuggies and ShamWows in back wall after checkout hahaha

  8. 8
    March 16th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I love this product; all you need is one, so if you’re worried about the cost, you can split the pack with two roomies.

  9. 9
    March 16th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I have these and they work great, but I have one small complaint. I am a DD and the strap-perfect pulled so much that it did wind up bothering my back, so I don’t use them that often. It’s definitely something to keep in mind if you have a larger chest.

  10. 10
    March 16th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I LOVE strap perfect and have been wearing them everyday since I bought them. I’m petite with a short torso and often find that most bra straps (even at their tightest) are too long for my body. Strap perfect fixes this and I find that they offer the girls some extra support.

  11. 11
    March 16th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I say why not spend the money on an actual convertable bra? I love racerbacks so I have two of them but I would think they’d be a bunch more comfortable, easier to put on, and less visible. VS Pink has some for only $25! Plus if you’re doing something that requires a lot of movement (example: I’m a waitress and constantly running around) I like the cross back/racerback so I’m not always pulling up my straps. But like Jen above, I’m a DD and it does a number on my back :(

  12. 12
    March 16th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I have one of these, and I love it! Great article :]

  13. 13
    March 16th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks for this post! I have always wondered if these worked! I have convertible bras because the straps always fall off and are annoying =/

  14. 14
    March 16th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    If you hook your bra with out putting the straps on, then slide the stap perfect on and slide the bra straps on over your arms it is much easier

  15. 15
    March 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    My friend uses strap perfect. She likes them. I believe that they do stay in place well because she was wearing it during track practice when she forgot a sports bra and it stayed comfortable for her. I’d rather just buy a convertible bra. I also have the 100 way bra from VS so that’s usable.

  16. 16
    March 16th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Seems like a very useful thing, I will search for something like that where I live. I can’t believe they advertised it as a breast size booster – pulling the bra straps together may lift them a little, as it makes the straps a bit shorter, but there’s no magic to it and it surely isn’t spectacular.

  17. 17
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I HATE how trashy straps look, too. Thanks for this review. I’ll definitely consider getting these before summer weather hits. =)

  18. 18
    March 16th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Has anyone tried InvisiLifts? They’re another informercial product that supposedly work better than a bra.

  19. 19
    March 16th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I made my own with some elastic and a hook I got at a craft store, now I just tie my straps together in the back very easily. I’m a DD and it does cause discomfort after a while, just like a racerback would. I can’t stand that much pressure on my back for too long, but for a couple hours at a time it’s definitely worth it.

  20. 20
    March 16th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    JillAnn, I haven’t tried Invisilifts but I have used other stick on bras. They work very well, better than strapless bras and even on large breasts.

  21. 21
    March 16th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I tried it. Though it did work it got uncomfortable by the end of the day. Especially when you’re leaning up against your seat in the movie theater.

  22. 22
    March 16th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    dangit, i totally need these!

  23. 23
    March 16th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I’ve tried this before, and maybe it’s because I have large breasts (DD or E, depending on the bra), but I found that they hurt my back.

    I’ve invested in a racer back bra from La Senza that was in a clearance bin ($12!!), and it’s absolutely fantastic.

  24. 24
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    I bought mine at F21 for like $3! It’s a clear heart-shaped connector (cute!) and it’s totally comfortable! You should first loosen the straps, then insert one strap in the connector before you slip on your bra. Once you have both arms in the straps (and buckled in the back), insert the other strap in the connector.

  25. 25
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I LOVE Strap Perfect. I don’t really care about the bust lift anyways.

  26. 26
    March 17th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    @ Skeptic- I used to use safety pins too- but those would break or be the wrong size or get bent up- I would definitely say a Strap Perfect is like 1000x better.

    @ Jen, Lisa, Jojo and all of us who are more well-endowed (including myself!): I might not have used the Strap Perfect as much as you guys have, but I think the trick to that is loosening your bra straps until it doesn’t hurt. I wish I had better advice for you guys but no product works for all of us :(

    @ Kelly, Meghan: Maybe it’s just me, but every time I convert those bras (I have a strapless VS bra that comes with straps) the straps end up falling off. Or I lose the straps in a drawer somewhere. I find that the Strap Perfect may be a better option, but I might just be super clumsy.

    @ Kirsten- ahh great tip! Will definitely be using that!

    @ JillAnn- If I find the InvisiLifts cheap at Walmart I’ll definitely invest in them and tell you guys what I think!

    Everyone else- Thanks for the comments! I read all of them and they never fail to bring a smile to my face, even during the boringest Poli Sci lecture.

    Anyone else have a ASOTV product they’d like me to try?

  27. 27
    March 17th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I have actually never heard of these until today. I am thinking about going to walmart and seeing if there are any cheap ones. I hate convertible bras because a strapless does not hold me up unless the dress is so tight, or its a corset. I have MANY tops and dresses I could totally use these for. How much were they at walmart?

  28. 28
    March 17th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    you guys can order them on ebay…..a lot cheaper too :)

  29. 29
    March 17th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I absolutely love these. I only have trouble getting them on when I use it with my bra that has double straps. Other than that, they’re pretty easy to use. I do agree with you though, I also have to loosen the straps to make it comfortable.

  30. 30
    March 18th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    My friend used one once before a party, and all I can say is Straptastic and parties don’t mix. At the end of the night she was too tired and fought to pull it off by herself and it snapped. When I need to hide my straps I use a flat hair clip.

  31. 31
    March 19th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    For those of you that are well-endowed, if your bra is doing its job, with or without strap perfect, you should not be experiencing pain or discomfort. I work at VS, and yes I know we only carry up to 40DD, but if your bra is working the way it should, it should always be comfortable.

    For those of you that were questioning investing in a convertible bra, there are types that only disconnect in the back. That way you can transition from only regular wear to racerback. With this style you will never lose a strap again! Also, many stores carry front-closure racerback bras. If you are a fan of those style of tanks in the summer, investing in one of those might be good.

    I always wanted to try this product. I am glad it almost does everything it says. I would definitely give it a shot.

  32. 32
    March 21st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    These are the best idea ever. I’m always hesitant to try as-seen-on-tv stuff, but I can put these on my self – loosen your straps, put your bra on, tilt your head down and pull the straps together by your neck and clip it on – and I love wearing those F21 racerback tanks with these. You only need one, but even if you can’t find someone to split the pack of 6 with you, it’s worth the $10.

  33. 33
    March 23rd, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I am a huge fan of as seen on tv products and always wanted to try Strap Perfect. Now, I think I will.

    Have you tried Ped Egg yet? It is the best seen on tv product I’ve tried so far!

  34. 34
    April 10th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Another gift form my grandmother… However I’ve found much more use for these than the Ped Egg sitting in the back of my closet. I find myself using them more and more often, and now bothered by showing bra-straps, though I’d never thought twice about it before hearing of the strap-perfect.
    I do notice a bit of lift in my cups, but more of a rounded-shape rather than increase in cup size. My only complaint would be that they hurt my neck after wearing them for the day or night. However I’ve always complained that halter-tops do the same so maybe I’m just being a baby.
    In all, I would suggest that these are great for going out at night, but as for hanging around at home or stepping out -I wouldn’t put in the effort, or the neck pain.

  35. 35
    April 25th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I do not like them because you can see the bra strap whenever I wear a regular tee long or short sleeve, I have adjusted them, etc. they do feel fine and the lift is good but it is so annoying from moving around and you look in the mirror and you see the strap.

  36. 36
    May 14th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve used the Strap Perfect and HAVE noticed a visible lift, but I also am a 36 DD – so anything is helpful! I think they’re great, but you do have to loosen your straps about an inch to make sure it’s comfortable.

  37. 37
    May 15th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    i have som wanabe strap perfects from a dollar store and they work wonders they are comfortable and lift the bust

  38. 38
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    i also found the strap perfect knock at the dollar store (i still even got 6!) and it worked great

  39. 39
    January 16th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I actually found dupes of these at the dollar store and they work exactly the same!

  40. 40
    August 19th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    When I’m wearing a racerback top, I just use a hair tie and knot it around my bra straps. Looks good, feels comfortable, and saves me ten bucks.

  41. 41
    September 6th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    bought it online in Australia for $2

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