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Full Bust Bra Review: Ewa Michalak SM Malinka


When Ewa Michalak initially unveiled this new SM soft style, I was crushed. I knew it would be replacing the brand's signature sheer shape, the HM. As I've whined before, there's a ridiculous void for many full busted women in the vertical seam demi department so I was disappointed to see the only option disappear. Thus, before ever setting eyes on the replacement, I knew it would take a lot to win me over to the SM team and to my hesitant surprise, I caved. This three part plunge bra is a fantastic fit, supportive, sexy, and as usual with Ewa Michalak designs, has it's own charming personality.



Currently, I have two SM bras, the red Malinka and black Trefl and a third is on it's way, the much anticipated Burek so...yeah, you could say I'm a bit obsessed with this construction. The Malinka's lace is light and comfortable and the embroidery acts as a great stabilizer. I found the band to be in line with the other Ewa Michalak 65 cm bands I've tried recently: the S Iwette, S Lolitka, SM Trefl, and an older PL style, Fiolek. The FF cups were ever so slightly smaller than the Trefl, but it's such a fractional difference that it would be impossible to tell if you weren't a hyper vigilant lingerie blogger.

Beware the briefs, they are made of very soft and stretchy material and when I first tried them on, I immediately saw they didn't follow the sizing of Ewa Michalak's other bottoms. I would recommend ordering a size smaller, or if you prefer a looser fit to begin with, your normal size. The underwear is crazy flattering and cute, the ruffle section curves into a skirt shape in the back, with a bow at the top.

I love the juicy red shade and the design definitely falls into the "everyday" or sweet 50's side of the color, rather than the dark toned vampy version. There was one surprising detail I hadn't gleamed from the pictures -- the cotton or soft material of the panties is also used throughout the exterior of the band and triangle upper strap details. The fabric caught me off guard because I had already tried the SM Trefl, a line that looks super luxurious in/on the flesh. I had anticipated the Malinka to be similar, especially given it was more of a "fashion" choice than the basic black Trefl, but it isn't. The softer material makes it a casual, day-in day-out option.


As any longtime reader could guess, this set was a perfect match for my extremely girly girl taste. The big bows, larger decorative straps, swirling embroidery, and scalloped-like lace made me over the moon for the Malinka. While the comfy fabric was a surprise, it added to the sense of ladylike ease and fun this bra teases out. ALSO: Until July 14th, Ewa Michalak is offering $4.50 off their summer arrivals, including the SM Burek, S Satine, and S Szykus. It's not a huge difference, but it was all it took to tip me into ordering the Burek. ;)

{Ewa Michalak SM Malinka c/o Ewa Michalak}

22 Comments

  1. A quick question about size - I noticed you wear her bras in a 65 rather than the 60 you wear in Avocado and others. The straps and wires look normal in these photos - which they don't in others' photos - and I understand the points Ewa Michalak is trying to make about this issue ... but a) is that your "approved" size from her, and b) is that a band size you're happy with, doesn't ride up etc?

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    1. Hi Dorothy! What great questions, I'm glad you asked because this topic has been swirling around like crazy recently. I haven't had any of the trouble that some of their other customers experienced and I don't know how to explain my success, except that maybe I'm on the "smaller" side of the full busted range...?

      When I was in Poland, Ewa herself fit me into two bras, a padded PL Cappuccino and the soft Trefl. She told me I'd be a 65FF in her soft cups and a 65G in her padded ones. After I left, she sent me a package of bras (S, SM, & PL varieties) and they've all fit accordingly, just like she said. I haven't had any complaints with sizing, wire placement, fit, etc. and I've worn the Trefl on the loosest hook for five months now.

      With loose bands, I'll ALWAYS include that in a review and I have a zero tolerance policy for that type of fit. I did have some samples from Samanta, Ewa Bien, and Comexim that DID ride up after I got home and when/if I review them in detail, that'll get a long mention. I also included some of that info in my Fit Comparison post:

      http://www.missunderpinnings.com/2013/06/fit-comparison-ewa-michalak-avocado.html

      Hope that helps! :)

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    2. It does! there seems to be a big difference between a G and a GG ...

      I was just confused me as 30 in Empreinte is big on me, but you wear a 60 in Avocado, whilst (over email) they put me into a 70 I'm quite happy with (not perfect, but doesn't rid up ... and a much better fit than Rigby and Peller gave me from three visits - Bravissimo have me as a small 30).

      StrapGate ... I've only ordered a strapless from Ewa Bien, in a 65, so that wasn't an issue with me. The wide wires are not ideal, but it's the only 'cakes on a plate' strapless I could find.

      I suspect the StrapGate issues are a mixture of issues from both sides - some of the bloggers seem to be young (ribs and band size expand with pregnancy and don't go back down as much, and Polish women tend or tended to have children younger - I have not spent a lot of time there in a while). The bloggers are happier wearing their bras with a much more fitted band than many women (this is not a criticism - I'd rather women did what makes them happy, not others). And Ewa M does not scale her cups - again, it's her company so she should do what she wants, and it sounds as if the majority of her customers are happy. I don’t think they were trying to be rude, just straightforward – there are cultural differences between countries. Last year I had a few “?!?!?” moments in Copenhagen, when people sometimes sounded curt and rude, but in fact it was just being straightforward; Poland can be similar. (And vice versa – I’ve had times in New York where people thought I was being rude because they felt I was being overly polite – in fact I was just being English ...).

      Vanity sizing is also an issue in the US and UK – I found an old 34D strapless bra from 20+ years ago, and even though that was the best they could do then at Rigby and Peller (they didn’t do my 32 in strapless bras way back then) .... the length of my old 34 is the same as current 30 bands (the D old cups are probably modern F or so). Whilst vanity sizing does not seem to be such an issue in Poland.

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    3. I don't think Poles tend to have children younger nor that pregnancy affects underbust measurements much. But I do think that Brits are in general smaller boned than Poles.


      But I think the most important thing, which many foreign customers may be unaware of, is that Ewa Michalak has her own sizing which is supposed to be true to measurements in centimetres. And that bras constructed in metric system are differently sized than those constructed in inches.

      Another thing is that sizes differ between brands and models. I actually believe that many newbies may be overzealous with tight bands or unaware about differences between brands.

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    4. Sorry, I should not have generalised - I guess my Polish cousins have children in their 20s, my American ones in their (later) 30s. They need not represent everyone!

      You're very right about the sizing - both cm vs inches, and differences not only between brands, but even within the bra models in brands.

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  2. Okay, I think I need to have this set. Sorry to bug you with this, but I also have a sizing question. I see that they now have a conversion available when you buy this bra. A 32G is a 70G, which makes sense to me. But, and this is a big but, is this an accurate conversion from my usual British sizing? In other words, I wear a 32G Panache/Cleo/Masquerade bras (and in the Freya Jolie too). So, should I go for the 70G or do I need to add any cup sizes?

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    1. Hi Allison! I know, isn't Miss Malinka pretty?! With regards to sizing, I get nervous because I'd feel horrible if I suggested something for you and it didn't work out. But here is how my size converted: Very, very generally, I'm an FF cup in a British 30 band...if it's true to size or firm. With the SM construction, I was also a 65FF so that would be a perfect equivalent. However, there is NO 30G British padded bra I could fill right now and in Ewa Michalak's PL and S shapes, I'm a 65G. So, it depends on what styles you'd be interested in ordering...and how much coverage you like, because EM bras adhere to a "less is more" fit. The SM shapes wouldn't be as much allover coverage as the Jolie (which I LOVED btw).

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    2. Thanks! So it seems I would be the 70G in the softcups too, and a 70GG in the padded. That makes sense. Wish me luck!

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  3. One other question...how does this bra look under clothing? How about the briefs? Do these ruffles and bows stick out or can I wear this under clothing? Thanks!

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    1. Under clothing -- and you can kind of see it in the profile pic -- the look is somewhat "minimized" or contained. From the front, there's nice cleave action so I prefer wearing it under v- or square-necked blouses. All the embroidery lies flat and I was comparing it to the Masquerade Delphi (a padded half cup) and the embroidery on the contour bra is heavier than the texture of the Malinka.

      With the briefs, I probably wouldn't wear them under a body conforming dress or tight slacks, but they're fine under jeans, skirts, & full skirt dresses. I'd probably feel a bit more comfortable with them if they were tighter, but they are fine for now.

      I hope that helps!

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    2. This is all good news. Thanks again. You're the best!

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  4. Me again...I forgot to state the obvious. This set looks FANTASTIC on you! I had no intention of buying it when I saw it on the models--I just happened to check their website a few days ago. You do wonders for it. They should start paying you!

    This will be my first Ewa set, so I'm hoping I get the size right. I don't trust their measuring system.

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    1. Allison, I'm blushing! Thank you, I'd love to model lingerie one day...you know, not in my kitchen. ;)

      I'm sure your Ewa set won't disappoint - her brand is fantastic quality & timeless design.

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  5. Am I a total brick if I change my mind on "never ordering from EM" because of their facebook disaster? Cause this bra is a KILLER! I just need it! Is paypal the only way to pay for your order btw? I found the website in English to be very confusing..

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    1. I think Paypal is the only way. The website is a bit confusing, I think partially because they also sell to businesses who pay by invoice. I ordered mine this afternoon (like you, I also thought I'd never order from them), and it seemed Paypal was the only option.

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  6. You are going to make me order all the things with your reviieewwwsss. My poor moneey...

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  7. Oh dear, that IS really pretty!

    I was quite devastated when I heard the HMs are probably going to be discontinued; unpadded bras with vertical seams (to a reasonable price) in 65/30H... good luck finding that anywhere else.

    Three-piece balconettes never work for my figure, all the ones I've tried make me quadboob, so HM being replaced by SM made me really gutted. Especially since in the first SM photos, the shape didn't look to be that lovely round and close-to-the-chest shape that HMs and CHPs give.

    But the newer pictures gave me some hope, and your post added to this! The shape actually looks round and pretty. It looks like the top piece (the diagonal one) isn't sealed at the top with a tight seam or anything, just the lacing?

    I also like that there's a bit more coverage at the top. Thus far I've only found half-cups that fit me, and mostly they're just fine, but there are times I'd like a bit more jiggle-elimination. The SM could solve my problem!

    I managed to resist the Malinka (although your post made me regret that somewhat...) but the Burek was just too much, I had to cave in. I'm between sizes (65H/70GG) and I ordered it in a 65H, now I just pray to bra god that it'll fit!

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    1. Sohvi,

      I know -- reasonably priced bras with a vertical seam are at once my white whale and biggest gripe. Sometimes it seems that they are just not out there which doesn't make any sense - whoever made them would have that market on lockdown.

      I was surprised at the shape/coverage of the SMs too. I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this gentle cleavage + rounded compact thing. It does have more anchoring coverage and yes, it isn't sealed at the top which I think the embroidery is supposed to fill in for. However, if you're worried, I think the SM Trefl "seals" a bit better than the Malinka, that's completely subjective advice!

      When I review my Burek, you'll have to tell me how you're getting on with yours. I'm so excited for a Polish delivery, the mail lady must think I'm a lunatic! :)

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    2. I just received my Burek today, so I'm taking a false start even though you haven't posted a Burek review yet :)

      Unfortunately, the shape is just as I feared it would be (and not as I hoped). I have naturally round breasts, and the top lace just squishes my breasts on top, which results in me nearly quadraboobing. I almost have empty fabric at the apex of the cup, so all in all the support is more downwards and out, rather than up and close to the chest as in the HM.

      The result is a pointy shape which is unflattering especially without clothes, but the difference is very clear compared to the HM even with clothes on: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/16490226/sm_vs_hm.png

      SM just wont replace HM for me, ever :(

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  8. I got the Malinka set today! I was surprised it arrived so quickly--fourteen days exactly. I got the 70G (which is supposed to be the 32G--I went with that based on your comments about the sizing being similar to what I'd wear in Masquerade/Cleo/Panache). It fits very well, but I'd say for those of you who don't like a tight band, go up a size. This is tighter than my British bands, but I'm okay with that. I find it very supportive and beautiful! It gives my breasts a great shape; it looks great under clothing, t-shirts included. Wow!

    One thing I want to add--based on your experience, I sized down in the briefs. It seems to me I should have just stuck to the size the chart recommended. With 37" hips I should have gotten a 38, but I held my breath and got the 36. The 36 did look very small to me when I opened my package and I'm surprised they do fit. I'd be more comfortable in the 38, so when I order from them again (I'm thinking about the Trefl), I will order another pair of Malinka briefs. The 36 just seems a bit tight, although they don't look bad. I didn't want to exchange them, since the shipping costs just aren't worth it.

    I do love this set--it's very unique. The beautiful embroidery is really unusual and the jersey material the briefs are made of manages to be cute and sexy at the same time. I'd say for anyone looking for something unique, go for the Malinka! FYI, my breasts are full on top yet this bra manages to contain me so well. Perfect! I didn't go wrong with my first Ewa Michalak purchase.

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    1. Oh, Allison! Thank you for reporting back! I'm so glad it fits well and you like it. It IS an unusual, cute, & sexy design and it's wonderful to hear you were contained, as a full-on-topper. AWW, your comment makes me sooo happy!!

      Sheesh, I'm so, so sorry for the brief mix up. I feel terrible, but I'm so glad you mentioned it because now others will know that they run a little "wild" in terms of size. :/

      And agreed, two weeks is smooth shipping. Figleaves can take that long and Bravissimo can take longer and they're only in the UK!

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    2. You know what's weird about the briefs? In the image of you wearing them, it looks like there's a much thicker band between the top and the ruffle. On mine, the 36, that band is only about an inch. Does that make sense? Yours look much wider than mine...hmm. The website looks like yours too. I can't figure it out.

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