Last week I received a wonderful gift in my mail box. The Ewa Michalak team had generously sent me the SM Malinowy set for review, and they could not have chosen better for me. As I’ve mentioned in previous EM reviews, I like to rotate between my two favourite styles, the S and the SM. On hot days, absolutely nothing beats the comfort of a light, cool and breezy SM for me.
Using Google Translate, the name Malinowy translates from Polish to English as Rasberry. The colour is indeed a bright, fresh and fun pop of summery raspberry pink. The gore, straps and even the sides of the band are adorned with little orange satin bows, which the Ewa Michalak site describes as coquettish. Actually I think the entire set is quite coquettish! The unlined, lacy cups of the Malinowy are fairly sheer and I am wearing nipple petals underneath for modesty in these photos. I received this bra in size 65G and this is a perfect fit for me. After being worn and washed, this band measures approximately 24″ unstretched and approximately 30″ stretched, before any cup distortion starts. I am also pleased to be able to report that there was no bleeding of the colour when I washed this bra.
A side view showing the fantastic rounded, lifted shape I get with SM . . . and check out those adorable little side bows – just a little bit of unexpected fun!
While this bra is very pretty, it is also a very practical addition to your summer bradrobe. Obviously it is very lightweight and a great summer colour, but there is another reason. I had previously done a general SM style review and you can see there some photos of different styles that I own, but one thing I didn’t mention in that review was that some SM styles will contribute to a slightly smoother clothed appearance than others. Malinowy is one of those bras that will give a very smooth clothed appearance. The reason for this is because it is constructed with the seam bindings on the inside of the cups. When you choose an SM with the seams bindings hidden in the backs of the cups, this allows the bra to appear as smooth (hidden) as possible under clothing. When you choose an SM with the seam bindings displayed at the front of the bra, you get a different aesthetic appearance (and I own and love that construction as well), and those seams may be slightly more visible under clothing. In my experience, all SM bras lay very smooth, but if I had to pick one, I would say that this particular construction offers the very smoothest clothed appearance.
A look at the seams in the insides of the cups:
I received the full brief panties for the SM Malinowy in my usual size 36 which make for an adorable set. I do have to point out however, that these are not my favourite cut of full brief panties. The finish at the rear of the leg holes is frilly rather than elasticated. My personal preference is for full elastic around the leg holes; otherwise, I seem to experience varying degrees of hitching. These are not terrible hitch offenders and they stay put reasonably well, but this style is not the very best cut for me. I do have several sets in transit which have similar styled panties so this is definitely not enough of a deterrent to stop me from having my full sets, but it is something that I noted.
Earlier this Spring I had purchased the S Opium set and I mentioned in that review how the colours of that set coordinate perfectly with the SM Malinowy set so that you can mix and match between both sets. The S Opium set is available with the panties only in brief style. There is no thong available. Personally, I believe that all thongs should be banned. Why would you want to spend all day trying to pick a wedgie? Butt floss I say! However, I must acknowledge, despite my own strong opinions on the subject, that there is a market for both styles. If you yourself (for reasons unknown to me) prefer a thong and you wish to have S Opium as a set with a coordinating thong, then you can order the thong style panties from the SM Malinowy set and they will look perfect together. Likewise, the full briefs from Opium pair perfectly with the SM Malinowy bra.
Having both full sets as I do is a great way to be able to change things up with mixing and matching. Check out this fantastic EM stock photo which actually shows how well the two sets coordinate together:
Speaking of matching, I showed in my Opium review how I had coordinated my nails with Bio Seaweed Gel polish in 67 Passionfruit.
That polish of course also matches Malinowy perfectly, but a new set surely deserves something new to match, does it not? Which was exactly why I headed over to my local Chanel makeup counter and picked up this beautiful Rouge Coco Stylo stylo in the shade 208, Roman. We all deserve to treat ourselves once in a while!
* My SM Malinowy set was graciously provided for review by Ewa Michalak. All opinions are my own.