Although I liked the Amoena Aire breast forms, I continued to look for something better. I tried several other types of forms some of which I initially liked but eventually grew dissatisfied with all of them.
I tried the Transform breast forms which are popular in TG circles because they are (or at least were) inexpensive. I found them a little to “industrial” for my taste. They were sort of “tough” to the touch was was great for being stuffed in a bag but less so when worn for 8 hours or more. They ended up in my “old breast form box.”
Like most TGs I had fantasied about how nice attachable forms would be so that I could go braless, sort of the natural woman look, and the next best thing to having real implants. The first set I tried was some used Amoena forms that had velcro attachments on the inside. I found them on ebay for a fraction of their original cost. They needed special adhesive tabs that stuck to the chest and contained the matching velcro. The two velcro pieces held the forms to the the chest. It sort of worked but I found the tabs to be unreliable and very expensive ($10/pair). I often felt “insecure” and had some near disasters. In the end it did not just work very well.
After that I tried sprayon adhesive which worked much better and was much less expensive. It took several tries to get a good adhesive that did not irritate my skin, held the forms reliably, and could be removed from both the form and me with minimal damage to both. The first adhesive I tried caused intense burning on my skin and I nearly destroyed the form trying to get it off quickly. I ended up with a bright red marks on my chest which were sort of hard to explain (“Honey, I must have had a reaction to the soap in the hotel”). I finally settled on Holister Adhesive which worked well and did not irritate my skin. The whole process, though, was such a pain that I decided to forgo it. Getting the spray in the right place, waiting for it to dry, and then trying to remove it from the form and from me was just too much effort for the benefit. Somehow I always ended up with extra adhesive stuck on my skin which tended to attract difficult to explain lint. As I have said before, my goal is to quickly get dressed and get out so that I can spend as much time out as possible. Spending valuable time on such an effort was not worth it. Besides once the forms are in the bra, it is hard to tell if they are attached or not.
I continued, though, to look for a less messy attachable form alternative. I next tried the adhesive support bras (like NuBra). I bought generic versions on ebay for $5-8 per set and found they stuck nicely to my chest. I could remove them easily (but carefully – ouch) and they lasted 10-15 wearings. Using 2-3 forms layered on one another provided a nice fullness. I wore them regularly for several months, both with and without a bra. Unfortunately they also tended to be really solid feeling since their real purpose is to support and enhance natural breasts, not replace them. They felt just too unnatural and so ended up growing dissatisfied with them too. I ended up going back to the Amoena forms.
Later I heard about PAL beast forms on the internet and tracked them down on ebay. PALs are non-silicone breast forms. They are soft, look very nice and are comfortable to wear. They are also virtually indestructable. One can crush them, stretch them, or even trim them with a scissors without any problems. Somewhere there is an ad showing one being run over by a car with no ill effects. Unlike regular silicone forms that contain a gel with a wrapper around it, PALs are solid all the way through. There is nothing to leak out or damage. If you are the type not to be careful when you pack things up, they are great. They are also nice for sleeping in as they cannot be damaged by laying on them. I wore them on and off for several years before going back to the Amoena Aire forms. Once again I felt they were are just a little too “solid” to feel natural. I also found that when I packed them in my suitcase and checked it, I was almost certain to have the suitcase opened by airport inspectors. They must have the same xray image as more dangerous items. Its funny since my Amoena forms never seem to trigger such inspections but the PALs always do.
The net result of all my investigations was to stick with my Amoena forms. I was able to buy a second set on ebay for only $70 and my search for breast forms pretty much ended except for one slight problem that I will cover in a future post.