Zaful / Shein Review

Hey guys! As holiday season is approaching I presume everyone is panic bikini buying and if you’re on basically any social media you would’ve heard of  the sites “Shein” & “Zaful” which are Chinese cheap almost too good to be true sites famously known for  their cute designs and cheap prices.

Obviously these sites make you feel sceptical and weary as they are so cheap for bikini sets compared to typical high street prices, so I thought i’d take one for the team and order and do an in depth review on how my experiences with these sites went to help anyone thinking of purchasing from these sites.

*disclaimer* I’m actually a very self conscious person in my body so in no way shape or form am i trying to show off my body or look for attention etc I just want to make this a helpful blog for girls and give them as much of my own advice possible before ordering. (it’s obviously not necessary for me to explain myself but there are a few judgy people online these days!)

before i start the review, it makes sense for my to tell you all my sizing, clothing size etc so if you are or aren’t a similar build to me you can have more of an idea what size to get for yourself.

  • Waist Size: 26″ (UK 8 but I sometimes wear a 10 as I have larger legs/bum)
  • Dress Size: UK 8/10 (as mentioned above I tend to size up for my bottom as my waist and bottom half are different, I have a size 8 waist but size 10 bottom if that makes sense). 
  • Bust Size: 34D/DD

 

ZAFUL

the first site i ordered from was Zaful, I originally bought 3 bikinis but am only reviewing 2 as the third one didn’t fit at all (as i’ll explain they all fit differently).

So, the bikinis arrive in just a normal postage bag and then arrive individually packaged in a zip-lock bag, which is quite handy.

i ordered the front tie black & white plaid bikini with a thong bottom and the leopard plunge high cut bikini set. For anyone interested I will link these below.

They do come as a set.

PLAID BIKINI : just click on the blue links to direct you to the site.

LEOPARD BIKINI

Plaid Bikini Review

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TOP CLOSEUP

I ordered this bikini in a MEDIUM as my experience with Chinese clothes is that they are quite small fitting, and from the ZAFUL reviews I was recommended to size up. It’s as it looks on the website, and it is a lovely gingham/plaid style bikini with a tie front which makes it adjustable to your bust size.

As mentioned I am a 34D-DD and I think this top just about fits me. The only issue with these sites is YOU MUST PURCHASE THE SAME SIZE TOP & BOTTOMS.

Personally I think for my bust I could have done with a LARGE to compliment my bust as they are a bit on show, but it’s not a major issue. The bottoms are more of a UK 8 in my opinion despite being labelled a UK 10, but they also fit me fine, they have a cheeky thong kind of bottom and i pull them higher at the front as i prefer my bikinis to cover my hips.

The material feels fine, and the fit feels fine.

Overall would rate this bikini a 7/10

Fit- OK, more of a standard 8 than 8-10, but I will keep it as it fits me well enough.

Quality- quality feels lovely and doesn’t look like it’ll be see through or anything in water.

PRICE- PLEASE NOTE PRICES CAN CHANGE ON THESE SITES

current price is: $15.28 which is £11.60 which in my opinion is a bargain for a bikini set.

 

As i said above, i only kept 2/3 of the ZAFUL ones as they all fit differently. I ordered all 3 in a MEDIUM (8/10) but the one M was literally more of a size 6. I RECOMMEND reading each INDIVIDUAL bikini review and not just assuming they will all fit the same. Customer reviews will be your best friend.

 

 

Leopard Bikini Review

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I also ordered this in a MEDIUM, which personally I do NOT think is true to size, on the top at least. I was so gutted about this bikini as this was the one that made me want to order from ZAFUL.

The bottoms (despite being really unflattering on the bum) fit perfectly for an 8/10, they’re high waist so really nice on the stomach but i’m not a lover of how they look on the bum. But these will fit an 8/10 on the bottom lovely.

The top however is a different story, I know I have a bigger bust but OMG the top is tiny! It may not be clear in the photo but I had waaay too much side boob than socially acceptable ha! And everytime I bent over they just popped straight back out. It was such a shame as I really wanted to love it.

The top would be perfect in a LARGE but as I said you can’t mix & match sizes and the bottoms would be way too big in a LARGE.

If you’re an 8/10 with a SMALLER bust, this will be perfect.

Such a shame because the quality is there, the look is there, but the sizing is not.

Overall would rate this bikini an 8/10 (purely because of how stunning it is)

Fit- top is definitely NOT a M, more of an XS-S, bottoms however are perfect.

Quality- Quality feels great, wouldn’t be see through in water

PRICE: PLEASE NOTE PRICES CAN CHANGE ON THESE SITES

current price: $9.80 which is £7.44, £7.44 for A BIKINI SET!!! How amazing are the prices?!!

 

DELIVERY TOOK 9 DAYS FOR ZAFUL

Overall thought, I would definitely purchase from here again, but out of the 3 I purchased I sold 1, will be returning 1 and will be keeping one, which is a bit disappointing, but these cheap sites are trial and error. Next time I order I will take more precaution with the sizing and do a bit more research with reviews etc.

 

SHEIN

I also ordered 3 bikinis from Shein, they also arrived packaged individually in the shipping bag, in little plastic bags.

I went for similar styles for my 3 bikinis as I wanted strapless bikinis for holidays.

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LINKS ARE BELOW FOR THESE 3

GEOMETRIC BIKINI SET

ANIMAL BANDEAU SET

POLKA DOT SET

 

GEOMETRIC BIKINI SET REVIEW

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GEOMETRIC BIKINI SET

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With Shein, you can select the size (S,M,L) and they will tell you the individual measurements for the bikini’s, as with ZAFUL they all FIT DIFFERENTLY.

I ordered this in a LARGE, which was a UK 10.

This bikini is really generous for a size 10, I probably could’ve done with a M, but at least I know this will fit without being uncomfortably tight.

It’s a bandeau bikini set with a high leg cheeky bottom, which would have been more flattering had i had sized down. The bandeau was good for my boobs as they weren’t squashed, and I still had room, so for anyone bigger than me the L will be perfect for you on the top and bottom.

Overall: This was my favourite bikini of both ZAFUL AND SHEIN, it’s perfect. I love the shape, material and the size is generous. A definite 10/10.

Fit: Really generous, I could have sized down, this was recommended for a 10, but I would say it would be perfect for a UK 12.

PRICE: PLEASE NOTE PRICES CAN CHANGE ON THESE SITES

current price: £8.99, amazing for a bikini set & great quality considering so cheap

 

ANIMAL PRINT REVIEW

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BIKINI SET

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REMOVABLE PADS: THESE ARE IN ALL OF THE SHEIN BIKINIS!!!

The site recommended a M for this bikini, which I would definitely say was true to size for an 8/10.

The bandeau fit my boobs fine without being too tight, but there was no extra room, so if you were bigger on the chest than myself, I would recommend a LARGE.

The bottoms fit perfectly, they’re semi high-waist/leg, so they’re really flattering without being too over-exposed on the bottom, whilst still being flattering. (sometimes a high waist isn’t always flattering for my bum, but these are lovely).

I FORGOT TO MENTION: this bikini has removable pads on the inside, as do all the SHEIN bikinis i bought, they’re not noticeable when on, but you can remove if you decide to, I personally would keep them in just incase it becomes see through when removed, but it’s up to you.

Overall opinion: I really liked this bikini as it fit lovely & was really comfortable on, i would rate an 8/10

Fit: The fit was really true to size & would definitely recommend for an 8/10, however if you have bigger boobs I would size up.

Quality: Quality feels lovely, but I would think it may go see through if you remove the pads? But that’s just my thoughts, I haven’t tried to remove as I prefer them in.

PRICE: PLEASE NOTE THE PRICES CAN CHANGE ON THESE SITES

Current price: £9.99

 

POLKA DOT BIKINI REVIEW

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BIKINI SET

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Lastly, I ordered this super cute polka dot bandeau set, I ordered this again in a size MEDIUM, i went by the SHEIN measurements again for each individual bikini, and this was around a size 8 I think.

I really liked this but I found it was a little smaller than the other 2 SHEIN ones, which is fine as it isn’t too small, just isn’t as roomy as the last 2.

I would say this is more of a solid 8 than an 8/10, and the bottoms were a little bit tighter, making it more revealing, which again isn’t a problem it’s just down to personal preference, it didn’t affect the way It looked or how i felt about it.

Overall: Overall I still really love this bikini and will still keep this one too, I rate it an 8/10

Fit: The fit was kinda true to size, It’s definitely a solid 8 in my opinion, the bottoms are a bit tighter/more revealing and the top again still fits but wasn’t roomy, still enjoyed the way it looked & fitted and it doesn’t affect my opinion on it.

Quality: Quality was fine on this but when arrived there were a few loose threads, nothing you couldn’t cut off and didn’t affect the bikini whatsoever.

PRICE: PLEASE NOTE THE PRICES CAN CHANGE ON THESE SITES

Current price: £8.99, so still an absolute bargain!

 

SHEIN TOOK 7 DAYS TO ARRIVE

Overall, I loved my SHEIN bikinis, I thought they were more true to size than ZAFUL and I kept them all, but I would definitely order from them both again and the delivery was quick and easy in comparison to what I thought it would be.

I also paid VIA PayPal, I prefer it to card because if there are any problems you can always sort it through PayPal.

 

 

Sorry it was so long, but I thought an in-depth review would be really useful! Any questions feel free to message me!

Thank you for reading,

always.

El x

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