We Try It: The Marika Magic Uplift Sports Bra

marika-magic-braMan, we’re getting busty up in here today. First a post on how to find the best large-bust swimsuit and now a review of a new sports bra that promises “magic.” The Marika Magic Uplift Bra claims that it will “make anyone who wears it look and feel 10 pounds lighter.” Oh, we’ll see about that—and see we did when I road-tested this bra on a run, while doing a workout DVD and while out walking the pup. The verdict? Quality. But magic? Well…

First, the things I dug hard. The material is awesome. It’s this soft, padded Coolmax stuff that wicks sweat away just like Dri-FIT apparel yet is more comfortable and cozy on the skin. The padding and cut of the bra also get rid of that interesting uniboob phenomenon that so many sports bras cause and that pesky problem of the double-girl-salute post workout when you’re cooling down. Additionally, the bra is adjustable just below the boob-line and has removable bust pads in case you need some extra room up top (and don’t mind the aforementioned double-girl-salute).

Next, what I could have done without. While the shapewear aspect of this bra is better than others we’ve tried, I still felt slightly restricted by it and could have done with a little more give all around. In fact, despite the rest of my medium bra fitting perfectly, the bottom adjustable area was a little too tight on me and chafed slightly during the run. (So if you have broad shoulders like me, you might want to size up.) And although I did like my profile in the bra, I don’t think it made me look 10 pounds lighter. But maybe three or four pounds, which isn’t too shabby.

So no David Copperfield here. Just a solid bra without a massive price tag ($32!). —Jenn



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  1. Haven’t tried this sports bra yet Jenn. However, my version of an ideal sports bra is one that has comfortable underwire support and adjustable shoulder straps.

  2. Brandi says:

    Sounds like a great bra. As a busty girl, I’m a fan of the CW-X X-Tra Support, a review I wrote for DietsInReview.com.

    I’m confused how a sports bra makes you look 10 pounds lighter. Basically, that means it smashes your breasts and makes those look smaller? Shirts/pants, I can see how those can make you look slimmer, but who’s trying to make their breasts look smaller? Glad you said you didn’t think it worked. Just sounds like marketing jargon that gets people to buy.

  3. TS says:

    I have this bra! I don’t care if I have a uniboob, but I liked that it was adjustable under the bust, so now that’s a feature that I look for in all my bras. I made the mistake of purchasing sports bras that are too tiny, thinking it would reduce the bounce, when it just groups the boobs together. NOW I know that the bra should fit snug and hold under the breast area, being adjustable it won’t stretch out the fabric when it goes over the boobs, and you can tighten it as the fabric wears, like all other normal bras.

    I found the pads crucial in preventing the bounce. An annoying thing is that every time I wash it, the pads bunch and get stuck in the strap, so I have to dig it out after washing it (or they completely come out). Future design modification could be to sew the strap so that it doesn’t occur (or…I should do that). I also found that after 1 wash it doesn’t prevent the bounce as well a it did before the wash, but on subsequent washings it’s the same. I’m not sure if that’s a common thing with all sports bras, but I was a little bummed.

    It’s pretty good for the price (I paid 20 bucks at nordstrom rack).

    1. Jenn says:

      Thanks for adding your feedback on this! Great points! 🙂

      FBG Jenn

  4. Debbie says:

    This is good info for me since it seems my bra size varies slightly day-to-day lately with weird hormone fluctuations. Can’t wear an underwire (have tried) so this might work, especially if I can find it around $20. I’ll be on the lookout. Thanks Jenn (and TS!)

  5. Joy says:

    So does it cut the bounce when running? I’ve tried just about every “high impact” bra I can get my hands on and they haven’t really cut it. So I’ve still been layering most of the time. I’m a 36D, so it doesn’t seem like it’s asking all that much for a bra that cuts the bounce. What’s the verdict on this one? Bounce-free running?

    1. Jenn says:

      Hi Joy,

      I’m a B cup, so bounce isn’t a big problem for me. This did tend to strap the girls in pretty good, making it better than most sports bras that are out there. However, I wouldn’t consider it “high-impact.” Definitely read this post, which might help! https://fitbottomedgirls.com/2010/11/sports-bra-fit-tips-for-ladies-with-hard-to-fit-breasts/

      -FBG Jenn

  6. Mary Jo says:

    Don’t waste your time if you are doing high-impact sports. I’m a 38D & my day to day bras give me more support than these. I guess if your the kind of woman that stays on the elliptical or wears sports bras for every day use, then you’d be OK. As for mine, well they are headed for the dust bin!