We have not had a single drop of rain since New Year’s Day and the temperature has been soaring. I could not have think a better condition to test ultra-sheer tights, and it turned out that I have one in stock – the Veloutine 0 tights from Pierre Mantoux.
Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Additional Reinforcement at the ball of the foot.
⊙ A strong reflective shine, mimicking a moderate glossy effect.
⊗ Several snags present found during unboxing.
⊗ Texture felt rather synthetic.
Packaging & product description
The packaging is identical to the Pierre Mantoux Veloutine 15 tights I reviewed earlier, which you can find it here.
I do want to point out one thing… The close shot image of the sole on the rear cover supposed to show how sheer the tights is, and possibly the lightly reinforced ball of the foot section. However, due to the low resolution of the image, the latter is not clearly visible. Such is a great selling point wasted in my opinion. The only ultra-sheer tights I reviewed so far that also have such feature is Fogal’s All Nude tights. Yet they don’t mention it either. I suppose this is one of the reasons why I like doing reviews – to find surprises that is otherwise not said on the packaging.
The official website does not contain any information regarding the style. I have extracted the product description from the rear cover, which reads:
“8 deniers, 5 den appearance, 3D microfiber semi-matt tights. Very soft and thin, resembling a second skin with a make-up effect, equipped with an ultra-soft border, and reinforced with a waistband. Characteristics are the sandal toe, stitching under the toe, perfect for spring, summer and sandals.”
Appearance & texture
The Veloutine 0 are ultra sheer (8 denier, 5 den appearance) in matte fashion. It is sheer-to-waist. The total length of the tights is 72cm when laid on flat surface. The length from tip of waistband to crotch is 18cm. The texture is soft but not particularly smooth to the touch. The knitted waistband measures 3cm wide. Immediately below the waistband is a 3cm-wide fingerband. It runs along both side of the panty seam, forming a T-shape look. There is a cotton gusset. The toe section, as well as the ball of the foot is lightly reinforced.
The composition is 70% polyamide and 30% elastane.
The size ranges from S to XXL. I have included the size chart below. Size L is used in this review.
The colours listed below are to the best of my knowledge available: Nero, Blu, Perla, Visone, Nudo and Poudre. There may be more colours available. I have bought Blu for this review.
The fit was great and matched the recommendation of the size chart. The envelopment was fairly good. It hugged the entire lower body uniformly. The knitted waistband, though looked small, were actually pretty stretchy. It fitted well on my waist.
The tights did budge down throughout the day, and I could feel the weight of the fibres around the knees. Having said that, there were no bags around the knees or above the ankle.
Although in matte fashion, the tights do exhibit a reflective shine. It was in fact fairly glossy when shined upon, which was quite a surprise. I have tried ultra-sheer tights from Fogal, Falke and Wolford, but none of them exhibit a strong reflective shine like Veloutine 0. If you prefer “glossy under the sun”, then this could be your first choice. In addition, the shade was much more colour-congruent this time. The Blu is a dark blue, slightly lighter than admiral.
I have to say I wasn’t pleased with the quality. I counted 4 snags during unboxing. The big one on the panty could be covered, but the smaller ones on the lower calf were difficult to hide. Ultra-sheer tights are very delicate and difficult to work with. Pierre Mantoux needs to have artisans with the most careful minds and hands to do the job.
One of the things I really liked about Veloutine 0 is that the light reinforcement of the toe section extends to the ball of the foot. It always feels more secure having this extra feature given its delicate nature.
The tights was soft, but only somewhat smooth. It was synthetic to the touch, a nylon feel, like very fine sand paper when I caress my fingers over it. This was also the case for the waistband, which felt a bit rough. It may be this reason that despite being ultra-sheer, the breathability was only moderate.
The Veloutine 0 tights surprised me with its strong reflective shine appearance. Its reinforced ball of the foot section is a bonus to the ultra-sheer tights. However, the pair I bought have quality issues. I hope you have better luck than I do.
I bought the tights for £18.99 from UK Tights. I am not sure about the prices in Continental Europe or U.S. If you have more information regarding the price, do let me know and I can update it.
- Added a comment regarding the image on back cover in the “Packaging & product description” section. (11 Jan. 19)