The real dress looks much like the studio photos and on first sight comes across very nice. Colours are also true to photographs. Beware however, depending on your PC-screen the dark purple may be represented as deep sea blue which it isn't. It is a very nice, very dark bluish purple. But purple it is.
The ornament is cheap, silly and brazen and I took it off immediately, which is easy to do. I first thought to replace it with chiffon flowers made from what had to be cut off in length but the dress is rich enough without any further ornamentation.
From the outside the dress looks spectacular and tolerably well made, if you turn it inside out (between the outer part and the inner lining) you can see it is rather shoddily made. Little wonder, at the price - so this is rather stating the obvious than applying any criticism. You just have to be aware of what you can reasonably expect.
When I took the dress out of the parcel it held a slight "chemical" smell which could be removed, however by intensive airing. To my surprise, the garment can be hand washed which I did after wearing - the result is fine, all stains and odours are gone, I dried it on a hanger and without steaming or ironing the next day it was again ready to wear.
I was very unsure about size: I am normally between EU sizes 34 (UK8) and 36 (UK10). My waist measures ca. 70-75 cm (varying), my bust 88 cm, my bra size is US 34D (EU 75D). I decided on ordering a size EU 36 / UK 10. Waist was fine, rather a bit loose, bust was much too big however and had to be taken in by 3 cm (could have taken in even more bus as I am a singer I need sufficient space to take a deep breath...)
The real trouble for me is that I am rather short (160 cm), I have relatively long legs, so my upper body length is below average. Thus in any standard size garment which has no "Empire waist line" for me the waistline comes about 3-4 cm too low. You can see it on the photograph: the corsage gets slightly folded together vertically and depending on my posture and movement the whole thing looks slightly less elegant than it might (and I slightly more bulky than I am). The overall impression of the dress, however was "whoa!" so this is a negligible fact. It can be avoided if I hold myself very upright all the time.
If I had to order again I would probably downsize to EU 34 with the slight risk of having to alter the waist.
Alterations: The dress was about 20 cm too long. Shortening it and making it tighter cost about 55 EUR.
Customs charges to be paid to UPS on delivery were 35 EUR, so the end price was 90 EUR above the order price. You have to take that into consideration when ordering.
What I find difficult to handle is my customer experience with LITB: until you actually become a customer, i.e. order and pre-pay something, they offer NO way for communication whatsoever. Once you have an open order there are standardized ways for communication on pre-defined topics. This works tolerably well, meaning you can use it and do get a reply, but you cannot meander from these pathways, this company is like a fortress. My impression is that this is part of the business model (everything else would incur too much overhead) so for me as a customer it is a take it or leave it decision. Which in the end is setting my threshold for a "buy" decision very high - as my risk is the total cost of the item (if you carefully read the small print, you will find they effectively have a no returns policy for festive garments.)
To sum it up: YES, you can do this any may get something very nice for a special occasion - as I did in this instance - but NO, there is no guarantee to customer satisfaction.