POPSUGAR Must Have CFDA 2016 Special Edition Box Review
The POPSUGAR CFDA Limited Edition box was a collaboration with POPSUGAR and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. 50% off the profits of this box go to the CFDA Foundation – their goal is to strengthen American designers’ influence and success globally.
I’m loving the new branded packaging for POPSUGAR limited edition boxes!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: POPSUGAR CFDA Limited Edition Box (Still Available for Purchase)
The Cost: $225
The Products: For the second year in a row, we’re proud to launch our limited-edition Must Have box with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This fashion collaboration has little luxuries perfect for a relaxing day by the pool or a weekend filled with sun and music. Fifty percent of POPSUGAR’s profits from each box will be donated to the CFDA, in support of the CFDA mission to strengthen American fashion in the global economy.
Read our review of last year’s CFDA POPSUGAR Special Edition Box to learn more about this box.
Each Limited Edition box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included:
Lemlem Split Cover Up – Retail Value $198
(Other patterns on sale for $115)
This item was revealed as the spoiler for the box when the box was announced, and I’m really glad POPSUGAR took that approach. This is “one size fits all,” but definitely would not work for all sizes, so it was smart to let everyone know this would be in the box before anyone bought it.
I wasn’t familiar with this brand before the POPSUGAR spoiler, so I was happy to learn about their charity work:
Women are at the heart of lemlem. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping them flourish both within and beyond our studios. We proudly support our sister non-profit organization, The Liya Kebede Foundation, and its work to address the top health concern of women in Africa – access to life-saving maternity care. With its giving partners LKF aims to make childbirth safer by training midwives who provide care near where we source and manufacture.
5% of all sales and proceeds from special promotions support LKFs work to help African moms thrive. Learn more @lkfound.org
This is a split hem tunic top. (It measures about 31 inches in length, so it is a top on my 5’7″, size 8 frame)
Here it is on a model to show you how it falls:
The fabric is very lightweight and sheer:
And here it is on my dress form (I’m working up the courage to start posing in clothing for reviews):
I ended up liking this cover up more than I thought I would based on the spoiler pictures. It’s not something I would spend $195 on, but I’m happy to have it at a deep discount, and it’s a pool/beach coverup that takes up very little space in a suitcase!
(Though, I think if my mom saw me in this she’d immediately tug down one side of it thinking she needed to straighten out the hem!)
3.1 Phillip Lim 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 31 Nano Second Pouch – Retail $195
This is exclusive to the POPSUGAR CFDA box! It’s made with high-quality materials – the leather is impressive!
And here it is with a gift card to give you a better sense of scale:
This item also falls into my “very nice but I wouldn’t pay retail for this” category!
To be fair, though, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $200 on any type of purse/bag! So die-hard Phillip Lim fans will likely be OK with this price tag!
Swell Shadow Water Bottle – Retail $32
This is another POPSUGAR CFDA box design exclusive! Before we even get to the bottle, how fabulous is this packaging:
S’Well bottles keep drinks hot or cold for long periods of time, and perhaps just as importantly, S’Well has the best designs!
This design is from the up-and-coming accessories designer Lizzie Fortunato:
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection Gift Set — Retail $95
I’m not much of a perfume wearer, but I’m IN LOVE with the packaging of this set. It is perfection!
Here are the different fragrance descriptions:
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Silent St.: White Musks.
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Looking Glass: Chinese Magnolia, Tonka Bean Madagascar
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Hi-Fi: Pink Peony, French Narcisse
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Drunk On Youth: Crisp Apple, Honeysuckle
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Afloat: White Mimosa, Orris
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day: Neroli Tunisia, Vetiver Haiti
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Something Wild: Cedarwood, Vanilla Bean Madagascar
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Ellipsis: Australian Sandalwood, Jasmine
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby Blackout: Osmanthus, Chai Tea Essence
- Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2am Kiss: Salty Wood, Crystalized Amber
I like quite a few of these scents, but I think my favorite is Rainy Day – I tend to like more unisex perfume/cologne.
And when I first saw the spoilers for this box, I wasn’t sure how big these perfume vials were. (I was hoping they were bigger than the typical perfume sample vial.)
Good news – they much bigger than a typical perfume sample:
And they are spritzers, not rollerballs.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo – Retail $28
This is the dry shampoo version of Mary-Kate and Ashley’s fragrance line, and I really like it! I’m considering this to be more of a hair perfume than a dry shampoo. (It’s described as a subtle sexy scent – aromatic florals mixed with rich musky notes.)
I love the design of this bottle too – I’m all about black and gold. (Though, the “flamable” warning on this label really takes center stage, doesn’t it?)
Illesteva Leonard sunglasses – Value $177,(colors may vary)
More great packaging! This is a sturdy and oversized case – I’m already impressed!
When I first saw the spoilers for these sunglasses, I assumed they wouldn’t work with my face shape and I’d be swapping them, BUT! It turns out I really like them on!
Here is a closer look at the frame:
Verdict: I think this CFDA box is an improvement over last year’s box. Overall everything feels classy, high-end and high-design. $225 is a lot for a box, but that works out to about $37.50 an item, and I’m happy with that value. This box definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I was surprised by how much I liked the items once I had them in my hands! If you like the design of the items in this box, I think you will also be very happy with the quality.
What do you think of the CFDA 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box?