Top #7 Merbella Silicone Ariel Top
$295.00 + $12.21 shipping = Total $307.21
- Purchased 12/6/17
- Email received with finished photo 2/17/18
- Shipped 2/23/18
- Delivered in Tampa, FL USA 2/27/18
I responded to an announcement on Merbella’s Facebook page that she was accepting a few top commissions. I asked if she could make an embellished Ariel shell silicone top to match my Mertailor Spellbound tail. I received an email back saying she could with quote with the price.
I paid the invoice and gave some suggestions about what I wanted and a photo of the tail. Then waited. It took less than 3 months for Merbella to make and ship my new top.
I received and email with a final finished photo. Then received an address confirmation email. Merbella’s studio is located about 30 minutes I offered to come pick it up but they sent a tracking number right away. However, it took a few days for USPS to pick it up & scan it. It took a full week for the top to be delivered. I wish I could have just picked it up instead of waiting & stalking my post man every day for a week until it arrived. * I’ve learned that Merbella rarely (if ever) allows pick up but meeting locally for delivery is possible.
The Ariel Shells are constructed with a very thick silicone. They are attached to a nude bra that is very soft and comfortable. It has black fishnet halter straps that have been cut to look tattered. The fishnet is a high quality and thick netting.
The paint is well done. I sort of would have liked to see a little more detailing around the contouring of the silver parts of the shells. I’m also a bit afraid of how the paint will hold up with wear. It looks like it could easily peal or be scratched. (NOTE: After 8 months of owning it and a few photoshoots later, the paint has held up beautifully! And now I love the paint job. It’s like the longer I have it the more I realize how perfect it is for me.)
It has several gorgeous embellishments. In the center is a silver star and there is a large pink tear drop crystal and several pearls and rhinestones. All well sewn onto the bra base. It also has plastic seaweed sewn along the bottom of front of the top.
One of my favorite parts are the silver scales that go along the sides of the top. These small details bring the top together as a true piece of art.
I have wore this only a handful of times for photoshoots both on land and in the water. These photoshoots lasted several hours and the top has held up very well.
The bra base is very soft and comfortable. The top has Seaweed embellishments on the bottom of the cup that initially were very painful and dug into my skin. I had to twist and move them around so they would lay outwards instead of inwards. Now it fits much better. I’ve also since lost some weight and the top fits A LOT better.
It fits just like a normal push-up bra. I am a 36B and this give fair/medium coverage with some cleavage.
- Gorgeous paint job. Looks like mermaid armor.
- A lot of beautiful details in the workmanship
- Unique one of a kind top
- I feel it’s a bit overpriced and it has a lot less detail then some of her other tops.
- I’m worried about possible ruining it or it loosing some of the rhinestones. (This has not happened at all.)
- Initially, it doesn’t fit me as well as I’d like but after I lost some weight it fits perfectly.
- I wish I would have specifically asked for more silicone embellishments and no seaweed.
- I LOVE Merbella tops!
- I have very sensitive skin especially to plastic seaweed that comes into contact with my skin.