WITH Christmas just around the corner, many of us will be indulging in everything from chocolate to mince pies and a cheese board.
But if you're still hoping to fit into that figure-hugging party frock, then shapewear could just be the perfect answer.
However, with so many available on the market at all different price ranges, how do you know which is really worth your money?
Well, a woman named Christina decided to put shapewear from Spanx, Kim Kardashian's brand Skims and Primark to the test to find an answer once and for all.
In the clip posted to TikTok (@christinatblaney), she begins by asking: "Which is better, Skims or Spanx?"
She then explains how she purchased a pair of Skims shorts and a pair of Spanx shorts, which cost around £40 each.
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"Both are wildly expensive but I want to see which one is best
and if it's worth the price tag," she explains.
First up is Spanx, with Christina noting that she's usually a size 12 but has sized down to an 8-10.
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"It was a challenge getting them on, but my God, already I can tell these are going to be banging," she says.
Pointing at her tummy, she enthuses: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, where's that gone?
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"These are really comfy, the material's nice and thin as well…they also have this sticky bit at the top, which stops them from falling down."
Next up, she pulls herself into the Skims shapewear, which she ordered in a size small.
"Right, the Skims are a lot harder to get on," she explains. "However, the support is sensational.
"They're a little bit see through, but who cares? It's shapewear! No one's going to see it.
"There's also a hole in the crotch, which I actually love
because I'm not going to have to peel these down every time I need the loo."
She continues: "And again, absolutely sensational! The shape difference is just amazing."
Christina then throws in a last minute curveball and compares the pricier options to her much loved Primark ones, which she has in a size medium.
"Now I've worn these to death, so they are a bit stretched," she says.
"But tell me that doesn't give the same sort of look…what do you think?
"If anything, they're comfier, it's still smooth, it's still flattened…maybe not as much as the other two.
"And the fact is I paid £12 for these ones and I've paid almost £40 for the Skims and the Spanx."
She concludes: "Spanx and Skims are great products and make you look fantastic, but so are the cheap versions as well, so it just depends on your budget.
Christina captioned the post: "Do we think they are worth £40 a pair?"
The post quickly went viral, garnering a whopping 75k views and several comments from social media users.
"The shapewear knickers and shorts from Primark and Tesco do exactly the same thing for a fraction of the price I always buy them," wrote one.
A second penned: "Think the Spanx give you the best shape."
A third commented: "Thé skims one make you look natural but the Spanx give you figure."
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Meanwhile, a fourth noted; "I’ve had my original Spanx for almost 18 years and they are still going."
Another added: "The last pair seems to make you flatter. Thanks for the comparison! Love it!"
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