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Ewa Michalak PL Opium 65E

This is part 2 of my Opium series, you can find part one (CHP) here, and part three (M) coming soon.

For this bra, I decided to go with Aisha from Zathiya ( I think it ended up being cheaper ordering from Zathiya, than directly from Ewa). For this particular order all I did was email Aisha, and tell her I wanted the Opium bra made into PL cut, since CHP has wires that are too hard for me. I asked her if I needed to leave a deposit, because that’s what I had to do when I ordered a custom Comexim. She said leaving a deposit wasn’t necessary. When the bra arrived to Aisha from Ewa, she sent me an invoice (I had asked to purchase something else that was in stock on her site, and she added that to the order)

When I received the bra, I wasn’t in love with it. As we’ll see below: (This review will be short, because I only tried the bra on twice, once when I first got it, and then again to take pics)

 

 

The main thing I didn’t like about this bra was the way the cups looked/fit. The depth of the cup was 8.5 inches, and the width was 5 inches, so it was within my range. This was the same size as the other PLs that I own, but the shape that it gave me wasn’t very nice. One thing, is that the apex of the bra was a lot higher than where my nipples are. I’d say it was off by around an inch or so- as in my nipples were lower, and more centered than the apex of the bra. The shape of the bra was relatively pointy. I do wonder if it was because my nipples weren’t close to the apex of the bra. But even so, the bottom of the cup didn’t have a curve to it the way my older Ewas do. It kind of went up like this: /   So this bra seemed shallow at the bottom (my 65E fairytale also fit the same, but that was also too big). When I emailed Aisha she told me if I sized down there woud be even less depth at the wire(something I didn’t even think about). So I opted to get this bra made in the M cut, since it works so well for me.

 

 

Please ignore the unevenness of the straps

Please ignore the unevenness of the straps

The band stretched to 29 inches, and I don’t recall it feeling loose, Although it does look like its riding up in some of the pics.

 

The straps felt okay, from what I remember, but they do look like they’re wideset

 

The gore was nice and low, at 1.75 inches ( cm)

 

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Ewa Michalak BraObsessed exclusive Fairytale bra 65E

This is going to be a short review because I ended up returning the bra. So I won’t be able to comment on the way it fit, other than initially trying it on.

As stated in the title this bra is an exclusive to braobsessed. It was available as PL cut, with the thong or brief available also. I bought the panties, but I will review that when I review the bra I kept. The bra was available for $80 CAD, and the panties $25 CAD, so this wasn’t a cheap set, and I bought it as a spur of the moment purchase, because I only had 1 purple bra at the time. Had I thought it out more, I may not have bought it because I don’t particularly love the design. Braobsessed isn’t a place I buy from often because the prices are higher than buying direct (which is to be expected since companies need to make a profit), but also because 1- my size is rarely available, and it doesn’t make sense for me (in my mind) to pay more and wait the same amount of time, if not longer for an item (I’d have to wait for the order to be placed, and I think resellers place large orders few times a month). I personally liked to think that if resellers had more sizes, they sell, but what do I know? 2- Shipping. $15 shipping isn’t absurd, but shipping is slightly cheaper when ordering direct. However, the refund/exchange process was flawless (and I didn’t have to pay shipping on the exchange)

 

The cups

The cups on this bra were surprisingly too big for me. When I purchased this 65E was my go to size, so I was shocked to see how big it was on me. I initially thought it was me, but when I measured the depth and saw that it was 9 inches (22.86 cm), I knew it was cut bigger than any other 65E Ewa that I’ve owned. As far as I know a 9 inch depth if for a 65F cup.

A lot of room in the cup

A lot of room in the cup

Not only was it too deep but the profile view was very pointed. Ewa’s bras are mostly known for giving breasts a basketall like appearance, and this was the complete opposite. So I was not too happy when I first tried this bra on.

The band

The band felt firm, and bordering on too tight. Stretched it was 28.5 inches (72.39 cm), which is my comfortable underbust mesurement. If this ra fit me better in the cups, I probably could have just used an extender until it stretched a bit more.

The straps

The straps are only partially adjustable due to the design on the front half. I had the straps adjusted as high as they could go to compensate for the space in the cups, but that caused the band to ride up. And because I had the straps adjusted so much, they were rubbing up againt my arms/armpits (for the very short time I had the bra on). The straps also seemed somewhat wideset (so that also could have contributed to the rubbing)

The gore

The gore is very low at 1.5 inches (3.81 cm). It’s .75 inches (1.91 cm) wide. I didn’t have this bra on for more than a few minutes, but I can say the gore wouldn’t have been bothersome.

 

 

As I said, I didn’t really love this bra, and if I didn’t buy the matching panties, I would have just returned the bra.

Kostar bra 291 65E (Black)

I thought I’d reviewed this a long time ago, but apparently I didn’t. The review is going to be how it currenly fits, not how it fit when I first got it. I believe the Kostar bras are the second set of unlined Polish bras that I ordered ( the first set being from Melissa Dessous). I initially wanted to try this bra, but I didn’t because it looked too much like Freya bras, and those don’t fit my shape.

 

The cups

There is a funny thing going on with the cup. The bottom of the cup seems like it doesnt really have enough depth for me. When I first got this bra it seems like the cups were a little too small, but I don’t believe there was any quadding or cutting it, it was just too small. Today, the cups are really small. I bought this bra back in March. There’s a good amount of quadding, so this is definitely too small.

The depth of this bra is only 7.25 inches (18.42 cm) (at least a full inch smaller that what I require in bras), and the width is 4.5 inches (11.43 cm), half an inch smaller than what I require I don’t think I would reorder this in a bigger size, as I think that this bra is best for someone shallow and/or someone that’s more even than I am. Plus, I don’t love it. The height of the up is nice and low, at 5.25 inches (13.34 cm).

The straps

I love how thin the straps are. I wish all bras (in my size) had straps this thin. They’re a hair under half an inch, and very reminiscent to the straps on VS bras. I miss thin straps. Most DD+ bras have traps that are really thick, even in the smaller sizes. Although I love the thinness of the straps, they are very stretchy and elastic. Stretchy to the point where its annoying and they feel tight. With adjusting they’r either too tight or too loose, there’s no in between.

The band

The band is firm. It stretches to 27.5 inches (69.85 cm). (I don’t know why the straps are adjusted to an uneven amount, so excuse the  lopsided band). The wings are nice and low, at 3.1 inches (7.87 cm).

The gore

I think the gore is a little too high for my tastes, even though it’s 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) high. It’s also .75 inches (1.91 cm) wide. I didn’t have the bra on long enough to say whether or not it would be pokey.

 

Wrinkling on my smaller side

 

You can can read my post on how to order fro Kostar here.

Avocado Essentia NF 65E

So… As you will see shortly, this bra is added on to my list of Polish (European) bras that don’t fit.

 

The NF style is mentioned as being: “Shape NF (Natural Firm) for natural uplifted shape: breasts gathered from the sides and uplifted. horizontal cup seam curved near the bridge for extra depth, closed cup edge (cage-cup)”


The band

The band feels firm, but also feels like it’s riding up. Unstretched its 23.5 inches ( cm), and stretched its 29.5 inches (cm). My comfortable underbust measurement is 28.5 inches (72.39 cm). So it’s about an inch bigger than what I need. The band is a different material from the rest of the bra. It’s thicker (I don’t believe it was 2 pieces of fabric, but I didn’t check before I sent the bra back)

 

The cups

The cups remind me of Freya cups. They’re closed on top, but there was wrinkling at the seam, so I wouldn’t be able to size down in this bra. The sides of the cup come up rather high. There is also some space between my breast and the wire, as well as space near the sides of the cup. Oddly enough the bra feels like it’s too wide, but it only measures 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide.

This bra won’t work on FOT (without some cutting in), and it won’t work on FOB because theres no depth at the wire. I’m thinking it could probably work on shallow breasts, or maybe for even breasts.

The straps

The straps feel very stretchy, and it almsot makes them feel like they’re to tight. But I am able to wear the bra with the straps adjusted a good amount. If I adjust the straps at the loosest, there’s a lot of wrinkling in the cup.  The straps are also fully adjustable.

The gore

The gore is very high on me, and it pokes. It definitely feels pokey even being worn for a short amount of time.


I don’t have additional pictures of the bra because I initially wasn’t planning on returning the bra. I thought to myself “I’ll just keep it because it’s an ‘okay’ bra” but then I remembered that I paid $40 for each bra and realized if I paid that much for an “okay” bra from Amazon, I’d return it without a second thought. I did debate on whether or not to sell the bra, but I don’t think anyone would buy such a ‘basic’ bra for $40. A lot of the Avocado bras I see on bratabase are a lot more fancy, and they’re selling for around $30-$40. Plus with how Ill-fitting the bra is on me, I can see this bra not being sold for a while.

Avocado Essentia K 65E

So… As you will see shortly, this bra is added on to my list of Polish (European) bras that don’t fit. I really wanted the Avocado bra to fit me, but I think I really need to try the RV cut before completely giving up on Avocado. There are a few bras in the RV style, but they’re all $68+ in a size that I wolud need. I’m not willing to pay that much, just to see if it will fit. I think I knew based on the description of this bra ( as well as the NF) that it/they wouldn’t work for my shape, or give me the shape I want.

I’ve wanted to try the Essentia bras for the longest, because I like that they’re a somewhat basic style. However, the issue I’ve had with Avocado, is that for whatever reason for the essentia bras pictured all show the model wearing the same bra. Not similar, it’s the same exact bra/picture. So you can’t really see how the bra fits.

The K style is mentioned as being: “Model medium built, with a more horizontal neckline and bust lifting harder than the classic model A”, and “Plunging demi-cup style with fantastic uplift”


The band

The band feels loose to me, but firm at the same time. Unstretched its 23.3 inches (59.18 cm), and stretched its 29 inches (73.66 cm). My comfortable underbust measurement is 28.5 inches (72.39 cm). So it’s about half an inch bigger than what I need. The band is a different material from the rest of the bra. It’s thicker (I don’t believe it was 2 pieces of fabric, but I didn’t check before I sent the bra back)

 

The cups

The cups are a complete fail on me. The one thing I can say about this bra, is that it is not FOT friendly. The very top of the cup is closed on top. However there’s some room in the cup above the horizontal seam. If I adjust the straps so that the band feels ‘tight’ then here’s less room, but if I adjust the straps to their longest, then there’s a lot of room. So I can’t size down because I’ll definitely get some cutting in/quadding.

The space in the cups when the straps are adjusted to the longest length.

The space in the cups when the straps are adjusted to the longest length.

I don’t think there’s enough depth at the wire. And because of the ‘extreme’ bust lifting properties, this bra gives me a crazy cone/bullet like shape. Because of this, I don’t know who this bra woud fit. Won’t work on FOT (without some cutting in), won’t work on FOB because theres no depth at the wire. Probably wouldn’t work on shallow breasts, because there’s lot of apex projection. Maybe it would work best for even breasts?

This picture has the best representation of how pointy the bra looked in person.

This picture has the best representation of how pointy the bra looked in person.

The sides of the cup come up rather high.

The straps

The straps feel very stretchy, and it almsot makes them feel like they’re to tight. But I am able to wear the bra with the straps adjusted a good amount. (However, that makes the sides feel really high.) The straps are also fully adjustable.

The gore

The gore is very high on me, and it pokes. It definitely feels pokey even being worn for a short amount of time.


I don’t have additional pictures of the bra because I initially wasn’t planning on returning the bra. I thought to myself “I’ll just keep it because it’s an ‘okay’ bra” but then I remembered that I paid $40 for each bra and realized if I paid that much for an “okay” bra from Amazon, I’d return it without a second thought. I did debate on whether or not to sell the bra, but I don’t think anyone would buy such a ‘basic’ bra for $40. A lot of the Avocado bras I see on bratabase are a lot more fancy, and they’re selling for around $30-$40. Plus with how Ill-fitting the bra is on me, I can see this bra not being sold for a while.

GAIA Hermina 65E

This is one of the bras I bought from Misterna.pl. All of the other bras I purchased in that order were padded MAT bras, so this was the only unlined bra from that order.

This was my first time ordering a GAIA bra, and probably my last.

The band

I don’t have a stretched band measurement, but the band ran very small. (When I got the bra, that was a time when I stopped adding the stretched band measurement on bratabase, because I kept getting notifications that my measurements were either too large– but bratabase doesn’t really have the clearest instruction on how to measure a bands stretchiness. It says: “measure the maximum length of the stretched band of your bra” but then it later says: “do not pull to hard as to defer, the wires too much” but in my eyes the maximum the band will stretch will deform the wires.) But anyway, the bra was small enough that I needed to use all 3 rows on an extender. I’d guesstimate that it was around 26 inches (66.3 cm), but the current owner has it stretching to 28 inches.

The gore

The gore on this bra is very wide. At 1.1 inches (2.79 cm) wide and 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) high it’s too wide for me at the top.

You can see how wide it looks when not being worn.

The cups

Initially when I tried this bra on I thought it was too shallow at the bottom because the wires were being pulled by a too tight band. (I’d lost my extenders when I bought this bra). With the extender the bottom of the bra is still shallow, but not as shallow.

With or without the extender, the top of the cup is big on both breasts.

The sides of the cup come up high and are somewhat irritating.

The straps

The straps are nice and thin, and are most likely wide set.

 

One thing I thought was interesting about this bra, was that on one of the tags it has a price.


This was a cute bra, but it wasn’t going to fit me. Too bad there isn’t more information on GAIA as a brand.

Valea Dalia 65E

Brand: Valea (a Bulgarian brand)

style Dalia

I bought this from eBay some weeks/months back. I actually checked my eBay emails and I had a $15 off $50 coupon. I literally searched for ’65E bra’ and came across this:

Yes, I was swayed by the way the bra looked on the model.

So I incorrectly stated that the Donna bra I recently reviewed was the only Polish unlined bra that fit me. Well this one kind of fits, I just don’t intend to wear it.

 

The cups

The cups are an unlined halfcup style, with a thin band of elastic at the top. There is a side sling (I can’t tell you if this has an effect on the fit of the cups or not). There is a good amoun of projection at the wire. The cup is made up of 1 layer of sheer mesh, with an ornate design at the top that oddly enough did not show through my thin top.

 

 

The straps

The straps are very thin and stretchy- very reminiscent of VS straps. At .4 inches (1.02 cm) it makes me very happy, as I don’t really care for thick straps. The straps are also removable. So theoretically this bra can be worn as a strapless. Without the straps, the top does fall down a little bit

 

The gore

One of the reasons why I don’t want to wear this bra is because the gore pushes into my skin as soon as I put it on. I will try it on with an extender to see if that alleviates some of the pressure. The gore measures 2.5 inches (6.35 cm), and .75 inches (1.91 cm) across the top.

The band

The band stretches to 28.5 inches (72.39 cm), which is my snug measurement but it feels a little tighter than what I’d like.

 

I really wish I could get the look I’m going for in unlined halfcups — that is, some sort of ‘push-up’ style cleavage, much like the woman in the pic that made me buy this bra.

Impimi Adell 65E

First and foremost I was gifted with this bra, when I bought the Nicoll. All opinions are my own.

I have wanted to review this bra for a while, but I’ve been waiting for Impimi to respond to my email. My last email to them was Aug 4th, and they still have not responded.

I emailed them to let them know that this bra as well as the other bra they sent me didnt fit me as well as I liked. They’re bras that I would only wear once (for the purpose of reviewing them), and they wouldn’t get worn again because they’re not comfortable. However, as of writing this, I haven’t worn this bra (or the other bra they gifted me; and the bra I did pay for, I only wore once).


The straps

The straps are somewhat wideset. Not wide enough that they slip off my shoulders, but wide enough that they rub against my skin.

The cups

The cups are just an all around fail for me. There is space at the top of the cups were the lace and the padded part meet, but the very top of the cup is flush against my skin, and the lace isn’t stretchy. There is a band of elastic on the inner part at the top of the cup (where the red decoration is), so if I were to size down, there would be some cutting in. The bottom of the cup is angled upwards, so I get a very pointed appearance, almost like a bullet bra.


The sides of the cup come up very high. It irritates my tail of spence, and this is just from trying it on, I couldn’t imagine wearing this all day. Literally bringing one arm over to scratch the other arm isn’t comfortable.

The wires

The wires are also problematic for me. They are shaped like a Nike check/swoop, and as such, they come up too high for me. I do think if the wire were shorter/more of a U shape the cup would sit better. The length of the wire is 8.75 inches (22.23 cm)

The gore

The gore is too high for me at 3 inches (7.62 cm). Ideally, I can work with Comexim’s gore of 2.75cm at the highest. But because the wires are heavy, the gore is painful. The width of the gore is .75 inches (1.91 cm)

The band

The band is TTS.  There is boning on the side of the band. The back part of the band is stretchier than the wings  (before the boning). The band is riding up somewhat because I have the straps adjusted quite a bit so there isn’t a lot of space in the cup. (Adjusting the straps longer doesn’t stop the strap issue though)

 

My guess is that this bra would fit someone that has a wide root, and is even (not FOT/FOB), but doesn’t need a ton of depth at the wire, and probably best for someone that has wideset shoulders.

 

I really wanted this bra to work, but it doesn’t. When I emailed Impimi, I told them that this bra, and the other bra they sent me were a little too big. And asked if they would send a different size. They said they would, and commented that the Nicoll bra that I purchased looked too small

New Polish Brand Impimi ordering + Nicoll bra 65E

Ordering:

As you can see, I paid about $48 for this bra

Impimi is a Polish brand I recently became aware of. The main reason I chose to buy a bra from them, was because I saw an everyday bra that came in brown (I’m a sucker for brown bras). When I initially contacted them, I asked how much the shipping to the US was, because when I tried to complete my purchase, my address wasn’t accepted. I also asked how the sizing of their bras compared to Ewa Michalak, and Comexim. They responded a few hours later (if my calculations are correct, it was around 10pm in Poland), saying the shipping was about €6, and their fit was similar to Ewa’s. So I decided to go with 65E, which is the size I mostly wear in Ewa. (Although now I kind of do wish I went with 65D). But going based on their size chart, I’d need size 65F, which is what I had in my cart before I received the email. I placed my order July 14th. The ‘confirmation’ email I received from them:

 

 

 

 

After that, I never received an email from them. I did email them and ask if they could lower the gore to 6cm (2.36 inches). I didn’t receive an email saying whether they would or could do that (but the gore was about 2.4 inches). July 25th, I received an email stating the my order was complete. I want sure what that meant. Did it mean my order was processed, or did it mean my order was shipped? I didn’t get a tracking number, so I decided I was going to wait a few days, to see if I got an email. But later that day, the package was at my parents’ house. So it took 11 days from the time I ordered, to receive the bras (not bad at all) The bras were packaged in boxes in a big bubble mailer. One of the boxes was crushed.

 

The straps

The straps are stretchy, but not overly so. When I stand  the straps are in a good spot, but when I sit (slouching) the straps feel like they’ll slip off my shoulders.

The cups

Fit wise, the cup shape reminds me very much of Comexim. The difference look wise is that this bra is a 4 part cup, instead of a 3 part cup. The cup height for 65E is 5.75 inches (14.61 cm) (the same as an unaltered 65G Comexim basic). I think if you have short roots, this particular bra will be too tall in the cups. When I stood straight up, the bra fit fine, but when I was slouching (on the couch), it almost seemed like there was too much cup, the whole upper portion was empty. (I have breast tissue that extends up to my collarbone, but it gets shallower the higher up it goes.)

The sides of the cups come up very high. High enough that when I wanted to adjust the straps to make them tighter, I decided not to, because the side of the cup was already slightly irritating.

The wires

The wires in this bra are hard. Panache hard. Painfully hard. hard enough that I wondered where I can buy softer wires that would fit the wire channels.

The gore

If I only had one word to use to describe the gore, I would use “painful”. Within seconds of putting the bra on, I knew the gore was not going to be my friend. The two issues are: 1 it’s high, and 2 the wires are not soft, like at all.

The band

There is boning on the sides of the band. The band seems long, but firm (the stretch ratio is 1.2), unstretched it is 24 inches (60.96 cm), stretched it is 28.5 (72.39 cm)

The pads

The pads are removable and quite thick. A lot thicker than most pads I’ve come across. The pads are labeled so you know where they should go (or which breast they go with). The pointed edge is towards the gore, and the rounded edge is closer to your armpits.

 

*I was not wearing the pads in any of the pictures

Ewa Michalak CH Toffik 75D (altered)

Color: Toffik (a caramel color)

The bra:

There is a satiny bow at the top of the gore

There is also a matching bow where the cup and the strap meets

The cup has 2 semi diagonal seams

The top of the cup has a cute design

The inside of the bra (there aren’t any cookie pockets)

The gore is slightly overlapping

The outer part of the band where it was shortened

The inner part where the band was shortened

The straps

The fit:

Without the pads

With the pads in

Comparison pics with and without the pads

The bottom pic is with the pad. You can actually see where the pad is.

You can see that without the pad, there is gapping at the top of the smaller side (top pic)

With a shirt on

The marks left by the wires

The gore ended up being very stabby 😓

The top of the gore left a red area from being stabby

The review:

This is bra was altered in the band from a 75 (34) to a 65 (30). The straps unfortunately are still meant for someone that would wear a 75. The straps are too long for me, even though I have low set breasts. While the band fit nicely now, I think this is a size I won’t get in the future (I just bought a Comexim in 75D–only size available– and asked them to shorten the band so it fits like a 65F. So we’ll see if I’ll have the strap issue). I tightened the straps enough so that I wouldn’t get gapping (even though it was a slight amount it bothers me), but that caused the straps to feel too tight.

By the end of the day, the gore was very stabby. Cleo levels of stabby. The gore wasn’t high, and wasn’t wide, so I’m not sure why it was painful.

As I’ve said, the band was altered. It wasn’t done professionally, but it has held up as if it was. When I wore the bra the band felt snug like a 65 band.

If it looks like the wire on the bigger side is too wide, it’s because I vigorously swooped and scooped, and the band was firm enough that it stayed in place.

I love the look and feel of this bra, and I would love to get my hands on more CH cuts from Ewa. I think I would try them in 65DD just to have a more sexier look. I went years wearing VS bras (that had a sexy look) that now that I’m wearing “fuller bust” bras that have more coverage, I am looking for that sexiness (but without all the padding)