Review: Oroblù Intrigo 20 tights

      A hip lifting effect for £11.95?  Let’s see how it performs…

Strengths & Weaknesses

⊕ Medium to strong compression on the tummy.
⊕ Moderate shaping effect on the legs.
⊕ Slight sheen, more like mirror shine than glittering shine.

⊗ No hip lifting effect experienced.
⊗ Slightly tight waistband.
⊗ Synthetic smell.

Packaging & product description

      The tights roll around a thin cardboard and is wrapped in a plastic, transparent sleeve.  It is then placed inside an envelope made of cardboard.  One can see the colour of the tights through the water drop shaped opening at the top of the envelope.  The product description, size chart and composition are printed on the rear cover.

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      The Product description are different between online and on the back cover.  Below is the full description gathered from the Online Shop:

“Would you like to wear pants without giving up to comfort and to the light support action offered by tights, avoiding the “flat bottom” effect? OROBLU’ presents INTRIGO. With INTRIGO you finally have tights that, thanks to the particular manufacture of the top follows your shape with the intriguing “loincloth” effect. With INTRIGO you can follow the fashion trend, proposing low waist pants and skirts. The waist is very soft and manufactured so as to it may be worn either on the waist or on the hips, without compressions. Once worn it stays perfectly placed letting freedom of movement. INTRIGO is sheer to waist and is made of soft yarns giving it perfect wearability. Tights processed with the SANITIZAD treatment, offering continuous hygiene, avoiding bad smells and developing an antibacterial and antimycotic action. With small cotton gusset. Flat seams. Formed.”

      The description on the back cover reads:

“Tights with G-string effect, sheer to waist, that follow and enhance the body’s curves, without flattening them.  Particularly suitable to be worn under trousers  Ultra comfortable waistband, flat seams invisible under clothing and small cotton gusset.  Invisible and resistant toe.”

  • Plushy and elastic waistband which can be placed on the normal position or lower on the hips.

      In short, the back cover version is more right to the point, where as online one provides extra info.

Appearance & texture

      The Intrigue 20 is sheer (20 denier) tights in slight sheen fashion.  It is sheer-to-waist.  The total length of the tights is 89.5cm when laid on a flat surface.  The texture is smooth but not particularly soft to the touch.  It is very stretchy, yet quite tense.  The knitted waistband measures 4cm wide.  There is also a 2.5cm wide fingerband.  The distance between the tip of the waistband and the crotch is around 17cm.  There is a gusset, and the toe section is lightly reinforced (invisible toe).

      The composition is 79% polyamide and 21% elastane.

Oroblù promotional image for Intrigo 20 tights in Singapour colour (sourced from Oroblù).
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Size range

      The size ranges from S to XL. Mind that the the online shop uses numerals to represent sizing.  The rear cover on the other hand, uses English abbreviations, such as S for Small.  I have included the new size chart, which is available on the online shop, below.  Size L is used in this review.

Oroblù size chart for tights (sourced from Oroblù).

Colour

      Originally, there were five colours available: Black, Amber, Dore, Moka, Singapour and Sun.  Now it is subject to availability.  I have bought Singapour for this review.

Impression

      There was a synthetic (plastic) smell during unboxing.  Such odour gradually lighten after wash.

FIT

      The fit was okay.  There were plenty of rooms for taller people, possibly up to 178cm. However, this was also the reason why it bagged around the knees after wearing it for a while.  The envelopment was very good, and I will explain in detail in the Compression section.

      The waistband was a bit tight on my 29” waist.  You could see from the images below that it dug and rolled a little.  The tights are made long with a relative small waistband circumference.  It is more suitable for a slim person with long legs.

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LOOK

      The tights exhibited a slight shimmer.  It was more like mirror shine than glittering.  The quality looked good.  The colour was evenly distributed and I didn’t find any snags during unboxing.

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      Instead of lifting the hips, I found it flattens my tummy (no, I didn’t wear it back-to-front).  You can see from the picture below that my hips was more or less the same when compared to Wolford Early Haze tights. The latter is a pair of fishnet tights, which have no hip lifting effect at all.

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The tights also shaped the legs a little, giving a slimmer silhouette.

      The Singapour is a very dark grey colour with a metallic hue.  For comparison, it is darker than Wolford’s Anthracite or Fogal’s Dark Grey colour.  I’d say it is greyish black.

FEEL

      The tights felt somewhat synthetic.  It was smooth, but not particularly soft or tender.  It was rather tense (despite being elastic).

      The tights firmly hugged the legs and on the lower torso.  The effect was less on the upper thigh and on the toes.

      Despite being 20 denier, the tights did trap heat, and warmed up the legs.  It may be more suitable for cooler days than a warm, summer day.

COMPRESSION

      The back cover showed an image of hip lifting effect after wearing the tights.  For me, I didn’t see or feel such effect.  Instead, it was more like the lower body being compressed, especially at the tummy and crotch.

      What the description didn’t mention was that the tights actually has a shaping effect on the legs.  It was medium to strong on the ankle and calf.  The effect gradually diminished at the mid thigh.

Final words

      Although I didn’t experience a lifting effect on the hips, the tights do have a shaping effect on the legs and tummy.  It is better view Intrigo 20 as leg support+tummy flattening tights.

      The Intrigue 20 tights is available for €12.95 or £11.95.  The style also comes in 10 denier – Intrigo 10 tights.

Oroblù Online Shop (English)