Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Ewa Michalak CHP Koktajl

I have been trialling some of the new CHP styles recently released by Ewa Michalak and my latest one to review is the CHP Koktajl.

CHP Cocktail
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak


It's a very beautiful bra with black lace overlaid on lightly foam padded turquoise cups.  It reminds me somewhat of the PL Turkus and HP Turkus...but more on that later!



The HP, CH and CHP styles are not available in the largest cup sizes because it is felt that they do not offer enough support for such heavy breasts.  However, I ignore this advice and squeeze myself into a couple of cups too small in order to have a wider choice of bras and styles from EM - this is not something I would recommend but it's down to personal choice.  It means that I have to adjust my bra and boobs fairly regularly in order to make sure they are looking their best and comfortable but this is an effort I am willing to make.

Having recently had success with PLs in 32/70K, I decided to try the CHP Koktajl in 32/70J:






Not surprisingly, it turned out to be a bit too small in the cup for me.  I think even just one size up would be a great improvement but probably in this one I would do best in the same size as I wear in PLs.


The straps adjust halfway and are much less stretchy than those on the other CHPs I have tried.  Contrary to the other CHPs I've tried, these straps were a good length for me, and they were not too wide set either.  The front half of the straps only have minimal stretch and feature black lace overlaid on turquoise material, as with the cups.  There's a cute little black bow on the halfway point of the straps - a nice touch.  The back half of the straps has some stretch for comfort but is still pretty unyielding, which is a good thing in my opinion.  All to often bras have straps which are not strong enough - this one is brilliant!  Two more things make these straps pretty much perfect: the adjustable back halves have embellishments down the sides which mean the adjusters stay put instead of sliding down; and the straps connect to the band with plastic circular rings.  Superb!

The 32/70 band is fairly loose on me so I think I would have done better with a 30/65JJ.  It fastens with four rows of three hooks, offering more support than the CHP Groszki i Róże and the CHP Kurczak I tried.

The wires are a good width for me but I do notice how they come up further under my arms than the PLs.  It's not so much that it irritates but more that my body is not used to having wires which run a bit higher.  The central gore is brilliant and sits flush on my sternum without feeling uncomfortable.

This bra is so, so pretty.  I did not get matching briefs with this one but for those of you who already have some for the PL or HP Turkus I have good news for you.  The turquoise colour used for this bra is exactly the same colour as the Turkus so it's easy as pie to mix and match the undies, as you can see below...



I think these are not a bad match at all, particularly the thong (top photo).  Good news for my bank balance!

The CHP came about because there was demand for a Ewa Michalak bra which gives the forward projection of the CH as well as the push up of the HP.  I think the CHP has achieved this, whilst maintaining the high central gore which means the breasts are well supported.

I love the look of the CHP Koktajl but for me it's just a bit too small in the cup.  I will keep it however as I am sure it will come in handy for something, and with the 'matching' briefs and thong from my Turkus set I really can't pass this one up!  I love the look of black lace over the top of the turquoise and I hope this is a feature that EM include on more bras in the future, with different colour lace and base colours.  There's something very sexy indeed about this combination.

So, I've now tried three CHPs and I'm pleased to report that I am a fan of this style!  I highly recommend them to you - do let me know if you've tried any and how you got on with them by commenting below.

17 comments:

  1. Hello =)
    I'm having a bit of trouble understanding the cut of the CHP. Is is between plunge and halfcup?

    Thankyou
    Ejay x

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    1. Hi Ejay :-)

      Ewa currently makes four main bra shapes: PL, CH, HP and CHP. The latter three are all half cups. The CHP is intended to be a cross between the HP and CH. HP pushes the boobs towards the chest (kind of like a push-up bra) and CH pushes the boobs forward, thus giving them projection. The CHP style combines these features so it is a great way of getting 'everything' from one bra. Hope that helps! x

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    2. Thankyou that was very helpful =)
      What would you say is your favourite?

      Ejay x

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    3. Glad it made sense :-)

      My favourite CHP would have to be this one because it is SO beautiful...but my heart breaks because it really is too small in the cup for me. I love everything about it though, and particularly the minimal stretch straps - so pretty but so functional!

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  2. Where did you get this? I can only find the HP on their webpage

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    1. Direct from EM - click my link at the top of the page. On the Polish site (and on my invoice) it's described as CHP, but I note that on the UK version it's HP. It's definitely CHP.

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  3. I neeeeeed help! I saw the link to your blog on Bras I hate - you were reffered to as a person who would know something more about the so called "green shape" - up and upfront boobs. i'm 29,9 underbust, 40,5 over, and have been lately wearing freya antoinette 32 H (which sets my boobs too wide and not as upupand away as i would like to,
    panache lucy 32 H (which has wires set too far apart for my close-set boobs and is generaly okay, but i would like it to be more up and upfront )
    and the cleo lizzie 32 gg that is a tiny bit small but still by far the bast bra I own but has been discontinued.
    so i need something like the lizzie -that puts boobs very high up, pushes the boobs closer together but still makes a round shape.
    is this the bra for me? can you suggest any others? and what size should I take?
    thank you in advance :)
    vlatka from croatia

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    1. Hi Vlatka,

      If you're looking for uplift then any Ewa Michalak bra will definitely do the job! There are different styles you can choose from to wear under a range of clothing styles - for example, if your top is low cut then the PL is best; if your top has a wide neck then the CH, HP and CHP are best.

      I'm always a bit hesitant about recommending sizes as a comfortable fit can depend on many things, not just measurements. Why not enter your measurements into Bratabase to see if there are any bras listed in your range? Then you will have a better idea of what size in EM might work best for you :-)

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  4. Hmm, I think I'd want a CHP if ordering from EM, since I like "in your face" boobs. No idea what size I'd go, though!

    One day someone will give me some money with the caveat that it must only be spent on bras. I wish, anyway!

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    1. CHP is a great choice! Figuring out your EM size is always a bit tricky but it's worth the trouble in the end as you'll get great results. You could always try entering your measurements into Bratabase to see if there are any suggested EM sizes. There's also a facility to ask a question of other users on there so that might be worth a shot. Good luck!

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  5. Love you EM reviews, they are very helpful. You stated above "Contrary to the other CHPs I've tried, these straps were a good length for me" - did you mean the other CHPs were too long or too short? I'm a bit short in the shoulder, so this info will help with my decision on purchasing this bra (it's gorgeous!) Thanks! Liz

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    1. Thanks very much :-) I have found the other CHP straps too long, plus they have been far more stretchy so not ideal for me. The straps on the CHP were very firm and not as long. Hope that helps x

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  6. Your fabulous reviews have convinced me to go ahead and place an order for the following - CHP Koktajl, PL Violet, HP Classic, and CH Biszkopty. I wanted to try one of each style :) I have yet to be fitted correctly for my soft breasts and have never owned a properly sized bra. I suspect that I am a 36G, but everywhere I go, they try to fit me in a 38DD (because that's what they have) - it is always much too loose in the band and I can not fit all of my breast tissue into the cups. I am hopeful that the EM bras are exactly what I'm looking for (fingers crossed!). I am very excited, even though they are apparently on vacation until the 20th, which means I'll have to wait longer. Thanks again for your very thorough reviews! Liz

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    1. Hi Liz, thank you so much for your lovely comment :-) I am thrilled that you have been inspired to order from EM - I am sure you won't regret it! Do let me know how you get on x

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  7. The CHP Coktajl looks great on you!
    Has Ewa Michalak started to move towards catering for the smaller cups or why is there suddenly next to no bras above GG cup in her web shop?

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment.

      Ewa Michalak is definitely not moving towards only catering for the smaller cups but what seems to be happening is that they are focussing on making only the 'mainstream' sizes available for immediate despatch on the site. If you look at the newest bras to be released, there is a message underneath the photos that says you can email to ask about other sizes :-) I guess it is a way to cut down on over-ordering some of the more unusual sizes. Hope that makes sense!

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  8. Hey there,

    Is this bra an HP or CHP? I was looking at Ewa's site and it is listed under an HP.

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