Both the Luleh Chic Essential Retro-Chic Waist Nipper and the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper will cinch your waist, control your tummy and improve your posture, but after trying both, I noticed some subtle but important differences between them. In this shapewear review, I’ll outline the pros and cons of each waist cincher style.
What do the manufacturers claim?
The Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper is advertised as an attractive shapewear piece with retro charm. The manufacturer says, “Get an hourglass figure in seconds with the beautiful “Chic Essentials” retro-chic waist nipper by Luleh. Featuring vintage style-boning and beautiful lace.”
The Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper has similar claims, although the emphasis is on the functionality of the shapewear rather than the aesthetics. The manufacturer says, “Create the hourglass figure you’ve always wanted. Flexees “Instant Slimmer” Firm Control Long Torso Waist Nipper does everything its name implies: instantly slims using firm control to smooth and taper your natural curves beautifully. Features front hook-and-eye closure.”
Price and Value
The Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper and the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper are very similar in price. At Macy’s, the Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper retails for $34.00, while the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper retails for $35.00. Both are on the lower end of the price spectrum for shapewear, which often retails between $40 and $60. Both shapewear styles come from reputable brands and are sturdy and well-made, so this is a fairly good
Availability and Size and Color Options
Flexees brand shapewear is available in more stores and websites than Luleh shapewear, so depending on where you live, the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper may be easier to find. However, both waist cinchers are available at Macy’s and on macys.com.
The Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper comes in sizes medium through 2XL, and is available in two color options, Black with Warm Taupe, which is mostly black with a black and nude lace panel in the front, and Mochachino, which is a warm nude color.
The Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper comes in more sizes, from small to 3XL. It is available in three color options, Black, White, and Blush, which is a light pink beige.
How do they fit?
I usually wear a size 6 or 8 in dresses. For reference, my waist is 29″ inches around. The size medium Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper felt pleasantly firm but not constricting. The size medium Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper had a very similar fit.
I also tried the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper in size small. This provided more compression, a slightly smaller waist, and a firmer feel, but it was still fairly comfortable. I wish the Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper came in size small, because I would love to try that one as well.
How easy are they to get on and off?
At first I thought the hook and eye closure would be cumbersome and annoying, but I actually found that these waist cinchers are easier to put on than shapewear that you have to pull over your hips. You simply position the cincher around your waist and hook it together as you would a bra. I find this part quite fun because I can see my waist shrinking before my eyes. Even with the size small, I did not have to strain to hook up the shaper.
Both shapers are equally easy to get off at the end of the day. Plus, unlike other shapewear, you don’t have to take them off when you use the bathroom.
How well do they shape?
Both the Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper and the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper provide excellent shaping, better than many of the other styles of shapewear I’ve tried. However, each creates a different look under clothes.
The Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper creates a true hourglass figure, with a very small waistline. To create this effect, the cincher pushes some of the fat from the waistline downwards and upwards, creating a rounded, curvy, but smooth silhouette. This waist cincher makes you look slimmer, but also beautifully shaped and very feminine.
The Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper, on the other hand, provides more even control throughout the whole midsection. It defines your waist slightly but also firmly pulls in your love handles and tummy, creating a long, lean look.
Both look great under clothes, although I slightly prefer the Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper under skirts and dresses with defined waists, because of the beautiful hourglass silhouette this waist cincher creates.
How comfortable are they?
Both shapewear styles are much more comfortable than I expected. They take a bit of getting used to if you’ve never worn shapewear with boning before, but I have grown to love they way they feel. Both waist cinchers have a silky smooth lining that is very comfortable against bare skin. The fabric of the Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper is just slightly stiffer, but not enough to make a big difference in comfort.
The one issue I’ve had is that the boning in the front of the Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper tends to bow outward when I sit down, creating a strange looking lump underneath my shirt. I fixed this problem by removing the two front bones and sewing up the holes. I am terrible at sewing but found this easy to do. The waist cincher shapes just as well as it did before, but allows me to move, sit, and bend more freely. The Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper does not have this problem, possibly because the bones are more flexible.
One thing I love about both of these waist cinchers is that the boning prevents them from ever rolling down or riding up as many shapewear styles do. I can put them on in the morning, and I don’t have to adjust them or think about them at all until I decide to take them off.
Finally, both waist cinchers provide great posture support that has alleviated some of my back pain.
I love both of these waist cinchers and highly recommend them to anyone looking for great quality shapewear. The Flexees Instant Slimmer Waist Nipper comes in more sizes and colors, provides firm, even shaping, and has more flexible boning. The Luleh Chic Essentials Waist Nipper provides a beautiful hourglass shape, but does require a minor alteration to make it comfortable.
If you’re like me and can’t decide between them, pick up both! They’ll make a fantastic addition to your wardrobe.