I love this bra! It is a gorgeous tomato red color with smooth material on the cups and the band is made from a stretchy lace. The straps are soft and fully adjustable (yay!)
The bra is VERY comfortable. The only other EM bra I have is an HP Kobalt, and even though that one might be a tiny bit more luxurious in the comfort department, this one is still phenomenal. It might be because the cups are padded/lined and I'm used to wearing unlined bras. Either way, I love how it feels.
The shape is very uplifted, projected, and rounded, which I LOVE. ...EM definitely has a distinct shape compared to other bras.
The band is a little too large, so I'm wearing it on the tightest set of hooks. I feel the cups and wires fit me pretty well, though. I previously was under the assumption that I needed wide wires, but after trying this bra, I now realize that I might actually fit better in narrow/medium wires now that I can see and feel the difference compared to my other bras.
I have a little quadboob in this bra, but just like in the HP Kobalt I have, I don't think it's actually true quadboob -- I think it's just due to me having very soft boobs. I am very bottom heavy and very soft, so if I were to size up in the cup, it would leave me looking deflated, I believe.
All in all, I really like this bra/style and will definitely consider purchasing other ones in the future (most likely in a 30JJ.) Both the Ewa CHP and HP definitely work better for me than the Masquerade Rhea, which was an epic fail.
I ordered this a month or two before Dec. 2012. Since then it has stretched out a bit, but I am going to review this bra in the condition I got it.
First, I normally wear a 30F in Ewa Michalak. Since I wasn't sure what to order in this bra (as it was very new at the time and there were no reviews about it), I went with my usual size.
From what I understand, the CHP style is a mixture of the Ch half-cup and the Hp half-cup style -- it presses the breasts down and upwards, but still contains slightly deeper cups than the Hp style, ...most likely thanks to the Ch. I find that this bra does exactly what it advertises -- pushing up and out, rather than just flattening your breasts down to your chest. It gives me a very rounded, forward shape when I wear it, even moreso than my Hm (soft-cup EM) or Ch style bras.
The cups are pretty smooth with the Mak. It still has three seams, as with most EM bras, but they aren't visible under shirts (unless I wear something thin and clingy, which isn't often). The top seam, where the breast and cup meet, is also a bit flatter than the usual EM bra that has detailing or trim. This makes it work great beneath black t-shirts.
The straps don't bother my arms (pretty crucial, since I have narrow shoulders), though it is a bit tougher to adjust the length than smoother strapped bras, like many Freya soft-cups, but it won't make your fingers sore.
The band is the only place where I had issues with this bra. As I said, I wear 65F (30F) in Ewa Michalak bras, so I ordered this bra in a 65F. The band runs extremely tight -- I could fasten it, but it felt a bit painful to wear on my 29.5" underbust. I imagine this is due to the band being primarily lace. I ended up ordering an extender for this bra later on, which made it comfortable to wear and equivalent to my other 30 bands. I'd say if you're a 27-28" underbust, you will want to order this bra in a 30" band -- it runs that snug.
Thankfully, it has stretched out a slight bit since then, making it more wearable without an extender, but it has taken 2-3 months.
Other than that, this bra is fantastic, beautiful, and very comfortable. Read more 301 more words
This bra was an experiment, and I'm super bummed it didn't work out. My CHPS in 65FF quad the teeniest bit but based on an experience with an S style in 65G I was afraid the wires in a CHP 65G would be too long and stabby. I found this 70FF, one cup and band size up, cheap on reddit so I tried it out. However, the band, which I thought ran firmer, runs almost true to size. It is too big for me and the cups are too big too. It's gorgeous and still in great condition but sadly does not fit me. Full review on my blog (they looked fun so I finally started my own!). http://shortnstacked.blogspot.com/2016/06/ewa-michalak-chp-mak-70ff.html
A 75G or GG would be a better fit for me, however the straps are super wide. This is in a very vibrant deep red. Thankfully these wires do not run narrow and I think if I go up a cup size or two the width and depth of the cup will be just perfect for me. At this current size though, the bra is not supporting me at all.
This is a plunge bra, therefore very little cup fabric near the gore, the material is soft and the seams are thick enough to show through a shirt
Received in a swap, so band is not as firm as new.
Overall I like the fit of this bra, though I will be altering it to tighten the band a bit while evening out the band tension. Worn as is the band shifts a bit and the center gore digs in after a few hours as a result.
Love this bra - been dying to have a CHP Mak again after having to resell my old one which was too small.
Bought it off of someone on bratabase who had moved the straps more inwards (decrease armpit chafing) and had made the band a bit smaller (big 26/small 28).
This made the bra really comfortable - I needed to alter the band anyway if it was left as a 28 band since I am 26JJ, and the strap alteration means that now the bra isn't trying to saw off my arm - yay https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Fits really well, wires are too wide though, they also curve out in a strange way - much like how Cleo Marcie's wires are.
Love the colour and the lace band, I love red and lace so this is pretty much the perfect combo for me! Also made out of really soft materials (as the normal from Ewa) so really pleased with this bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
The band on this bra is SO tight! Mine was a custom order, though, so this may not be the case for all CHP Mak bras. It gives the same lovely rounded and projected shape as other Ewa Michalak CH and CHP styles and the color is a vivid tomato red. However, because I need an extender (or sometimes two) to wear it, the fit is pretty wrong on me, and the straps rub my armpits in an extremely uncomfortable way.
This is really comfortable. I often have issues with bands that are tight enough feeling TOO tight, but this one is great. I think it's the wide elastic at the bottom of the band, it's really stretchy, but fits well.
The wires are perfect for my shape and I can barely feel them. Also, it has a leotard back, so the straps curve in toward the center of my back and sit very comfortably for me even though I have fairly sloped shoulders.
It's definitely not terribly suitable as a t-shirt bra, since the top edges of the cups are pretty thick, but it looks nice on its own and would likely work under other types of shirts or dresses. The cups are very low cut, and it's a different look than I'm really used to, but there's nothing wrong with that at all.
The conversion for this bra is a "30B" and generally most 30Bs for me are too loose in band and just right to almost too small in the cup.
Wow I was surprised that the cups in this ran a little big...compared to a 3D Porcelanka in a bigger cup size, same band that fit perfectly. I did see if the bra would fit if I put some cutlets in and it did, but unfortunately the cups in this bra don't have pockets for cutlets and I have to ram in about 2 in my smaller breast cup to fit. It's just a moderate even padding all around. I ...guess the CHP half cups do run a little bigger than the other plunge styles and I probably need this in a...65A (grr an A cup!!) I stuck with the 3D style since that pushup gives me a little more oomph.
Unfortunately I would have to do too many alterations to this bra to make the cups work for me...it's exceptionally pretty and would work perfectly as a t-shirt bra if I could fill it but is all around a cup size too big. I am usually somewhere between a 28C and 28D...most 28Ds are too big so if you're a true 28D this will work.
If I had to compare the sizing to another bra I've tried on, I would say it's very similar to a 28D in Cleo Juna or maybe even Marcie...the band is stretchier than my other EM bra and would be somewhere between a 28 & 30...I can hook on 2nd hook but takes effort for the tightest still. Seems that it takes somewhere between even & FoT breasts and is good for shallow. If you're a full & shallow 28D and need slightly wider wires, I suggest trying this size 65B in CHP model. Read more 200 more words
Before I even start, let me give you an idea of how this bra might fit you - here are my measurements and my breast shape:
Comfortable underbust measurement: 33" Bust measurement (average of standing, lying down, bending over): 40" Projected bra size: 32F (yes I am aware that this is not the bra size I purchased, read on for more) Breast shape: even / slightly full on bottom
I purchased this bra used through Bratabase with the knowledge that it may not fit; I had heard that EMs run really small, and it was such a great deal that I couldn't help myself. I thought maybe it would ...be a cup and a band size small, as I speculated it might be from other reviews I had read, and if that was the case then I would be okay wearing it. Well, after weeks of waiting for my shipment from Italy to arrive, I can tell you that these bras DO NOT run small. As far as I can tell, this bra is very true to size. How can I tell? It's two band sizes, and one cup size too big - why I didn't run the numbers before buying I'll never know, but now maybe YOU won't have to!
I am disappointed because this is a beautiful and very well-made bra, but I can't even pretend it fits me. Even though this is a demi-cup bra I found cups are still just a little bit too tall for me, I feel like I might have had a smidge of gapping on the outsides where my breasts crease. Then again, this bra was too big so I am just speculating. I was pleased by how short the straps were, as I often have problems with bra straps slipping off my shoulders after a few months of wear. And the three-hook closure on a bra that's got such lovely lace fabric was really nice to see. The shape of the bra was fabulous, very front and center with absolutely zero East-West nonsense. The profile was delightfully rounded, a shape I really love. And the top of the cup is cut more straight-across than convex, which I really like because it sits on the skin very naturally.
If this bra came anywhere even close to fitting, I would keep it and just deal with it. But the band is noticeably slippy on my frame, and I would need some cutlets to keep the edge of the cup flush against my skin. Here's hoping that it fits one of my girlfriends or female family members, so I can cross at least one Christmas gift off my shopping list for the year!