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When a bra says it has “Underlying Secrets” – I’m interested. This is how I ended up getting my hands on this super cute bra and panty set by Sophie. B. When I mentioned I was interested in investigating this lingerie set, the awesome people over at Lovehoney hooked me up and now I’m here to share my thoughts.

sophie b bra and panty set
Like a lot of the lingerie brands I review, this was my first experience trying anything from the Sophie. B range. So, I was both curious and not sure what to expect. This set comes in two pieces: the “Underlying Secrets” push up bra ($28.95) and the matching thong ($12.95) I thought the set looked really cute in the photos, so I was happy when it arrived and was just as cute in person.

photo-32 Now, let’s start by talking about the bra. The Underlying Secrets Push-Up bra is your standard underwire push-up bra. It’s made of black spandex with polka dot mesh and lace overlay, and trimmed in hot pink piping. I like that it’s feminine and girly without being  over the top. It looks cute on and definitely gives you boobs a nice lift. Read: this bra will give you cleavage. Lots and lots of cleavage.

However, I have some issues with the sizing: this bra is only available in four different sizes. Because they didn’t have my exact size, I ordered my “sister size” (36C) So, although it fit in the cups, the band was a bit too wide for me. Also, I found the straps a little on the thin side. I have heavy breasts so I prefer to have sturdier straps, so that I feel really supported.

I noticed that there was a bit of frayed lace on the seam that connects the straps to the bra. This isn’t a structural issue – the bra won’t spontaneously self-destruct while you’re wearing it. I trimmed the lace and stitched it down myself just so that it wouldn’t fray anymore. However, compared to the Blue Bella Millie Bra which is absolutely beautifully detailed and is at a similar price point, this seemed like a bit of an oversight.

sophie b 5 There’s also a heck of a lot of padding. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your needs. Personally I don’t need this much padding. I’m already a 32DD, so wearing this bra kind of made me feel like I was walking around with two giant grapefruits strapped to my chest (I think this is the bra’s “underlying secret.”) However, I could see how this would be a great bra for someone who is looking to enhance their bust.

With that said, I did wear this bra out on Halloween underneath my Princess Caroline costume and can honestly say that it’s surprisingly comfortable (despite the size being slightly off.)

photo-35 I have no complaints about the thong. The “Underlying Secrets” thong is great. It’s made of the same materials as the bra, is comfortable and washes well if you put it in a lingerie bag.

I like this lingerie set, however I’m not in love with it. If you can find your exact bra size, the Underlying Secrets Push-Up bra is a cute option for someone who is looking for a budget friendly padded push up-bra & thong set.

However, if you want to see what lingerie I am in love with, I would suggest checking out the BlueBella line (especially since there’s a bunch of stuff on sale right now!) The Blue Bella Millie Bra is still one of my favourite lingerie pieces I’ve reviewed in 2014. Another favourite is the Oh La La Cheri Black Lace Chemise (awesome quality, beautifully detailed, fits great) I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from Oh La La Cheri and they have some seriously sexy pieces!

Thanks again to Lovehoney for facilitating this review! I received these products free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. All views are my own because that’s how I roll. PS. Make sure you check out Lovehoney’s Black Friday sale – there’s tons of good stuff!

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