POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review

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POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Box

Every few months POPSUGAR releases a new $100 Limited Edition box, and every few months I need to have it! I bought their Resort box as soon as it went on sale! (I believe it sold out within a week or two).

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Items

The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box

The Cost: $100

The Products: Travel-inspired favorites featuring exclusive items and unique collaborations.

FYI – This box sold out and is no longer available for purchase.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Card

The box comes with a fold out detailing the items included:

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Info

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Case

Stephanie Johnson White Dot Train Case (POPSUGAR Exclusive) – Value $60

This train case is so much better than I expected from the initial spoiler pictures. My concern was that white makeup bag + makeup that can sometimes spill = not a long term bag. But! This outside of this bag is actually coated in some plastic material, and I love the penny tile look!

And the inside of the bag has a bright pink spill-proof lining too:

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Lining

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Palette

Jane Iredale Warm My Steppes Makeup Kit – Value $58

I really like this set. The bronzer is matte, and I’m sure it is the color I will be using the most. The blush has a good amount of shimmer and pigment, so I’ll be using it sparingly. The two lipgloss shades look great layered too.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Serum

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum – Value $80

I’ve sampled Drunk Elephant skincare products before, but this serum is new to me. I love that Drunk Elephant is an ingredient conscious line, and their packaging is so fun too.

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Necklace

Lele Sadoughi Half Moon Pendant (POPSUGAR Exclusive) – Value $110

While I would have preferred a gold piece, I am excited for all the silver-jewelry-loving subscription box addicts! (It seems like POPSUGAR usually sends out gold pieces). This piece is well-made and a beautiful statement necklace. I’m wearing it as I write this review, and I think silver jewelry is growing on me!

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Salt

Jacobsen Salt Co. Pure Sea Salt Cocktail Salt – Retail $14

This is probably the item I am least excited about in the box, but it will be a fun addition to our bar for margarita glasses!

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Bon Voyage

Sloane Stationery Passport Holder (POPSUGAR Exclusive) – Suggested Retail $48

It doesn’t say on the card, but I believe the lining of this case is leather:

POPSUGAR Must Have Special Edition Resort Box Review Open

This goes well with the Fathom Quarterly box I just reviewed!

Verdict: This box has a value of about $370! (I actually double checked that math just to be sure – the value is so high with this box!) I think this is a great travel/resort box. Everything feels luxe, I love the beauty brands they included, and I’m pretty sure I will use every single item.

What do you think of the Resort POPSUGAR Must Have box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in POPSUGAR Must Have Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| 66 comments


  1. I have to say the make up case is amazingly well made – I left it on the dining room table and my dog decided it was a toy (along with the brushes from FFFvip and the make up that is MIA)
    I was able to dry it off and it has no chew marks

    Now if I could only find the make up palette

    • Hopefully that doesn’t require an x-ray. I think the bag is great quality also, which is nice because it sometimes seems like “exclusive” items are of lesser quality.

  2. Would love to sell my box if anyone is still interested. I paid $107 with tax and will ship via USPS with tracking. I mistakingly thought that boxes were curated with the answers to the questions that were asked kept in mind. For example, I wear bracelets (not necklaces), would need COOL coloring makeup (not warm), don’t drink drinks that require salt, and don’t need another face serum. Sigh… oh well… [email protected]

  3. This box was shipped to my delivery address, so I haven’t even opened it yet, but after seeing the pictures here- none of these items is my style. Anyone interested in buying the entire box (unopened)? Email me: [email protected]

  4. For anyone who thought the serum had a very bad aroma – the company contacted me directly (about a comment I left on a beauty bloggers page) stating the product is unscented with maybe only a subtle medicinal scent. They believe the seal on my product was faulty and the product oxidized. They asked me to contact them directly at [email protected]. If anyone experienced this you may want to contact them as well! Just a thought 🙂

  5. My box was sparkling fun and had loads of luxury. Loved everything! The travel case was well made with adorable pink interior and mirror. Nice size and water proof.
    The necklace was beautiful well made and stunning. Nice length and genuine materials. A perfect sumner necklace.
    The make up kit was a quality brand that I know my sensitive skin will be able to use
    The colors are warm and I love cooler shades. But I may like it?
    Passport holder is perfect, sturdy and I will use it. I like the leather and pocket inside for extra documents.
    The salt was generous I will use it for cooking!
    The serum was a large size. Great for younger gals. I have gluten allergies so it has wheat proteins and I am afraid to use it.
    Keep on shipping lovely boxes ! I feel pampered

  6. Just got my resort box and was thrilled until I opened the train case. It was dirty on the inside!! I wish I could post pictures to show you all but it really took the excitement out of the box for me. Did anyone else get one like that? It was dirty on the piping along the bottom and also on the lid. Otherwise I loved the box.

  7. I LOVED this box! $370 value!? That is insanely great. I love the makeup case–so much better than shoving my makeup in little ipsy bags–and now my passport has a home. I tried the palette and everything is very nice and pigmented. This will come with me everywhere. Love the necklace designer, as well. I least need a serum (if we have beauty boxes, we all have a bunch), but since I don’t know how to swap I guess I will just keep it.

  8. My box is for sale in the swap section of the site – please check it out 🙂

    • Still for sale?

  9. OMG I Love this box!… I need almost everything in it!
    Im SO bummed it’s sold out…

    If anyone wants to sell or trade most of your box, comment here!

    • I just received this special addition box yesterday! First PopSugar box ever and I am thrilled. Willing to trade the Stephanie Johnson White Dot Train Case, Jane Iredale Makeup Kit, Sloane Stationary Passport Holder (so cute but I just bought one from Kate Spade, gah), and Jacobson Salt Co. Cocktail Salt. Email me at [email protected] to chat!

    • I’m giving the salt tin to my sister, but I’m willing to swap/sell everything else. Are you still looking for this box?

    • My box is for sale if anyone is interested email me!

    • I will sell you the box and ship out this week 🙂

      • His much are y’all selling you boxes?
        Im most interested in the neckless, the case & makeup

        • I will sell the box for 80.00

    • I am selling everything besides the makeup bag if you are interested.

      [email protected]

    • Hi there!

      I’m happy to sell you mine unopened! Please let me know 🙂

  10. Does anyone know how long it takes to find out if you are accepted for the swap area?

    I have been following my order for 9 days now. I swear RI is the last state to get anything. I’m trying so hard not to look at the spoilers and reviews but I had to peek at just one. The half moon pendant looks gorgeous 🙂

  11. Is the necklace real silver? Anything priced over $50 should at least be real silver

    • silver plated

  12. Lovely! I would use everything in this box.

  13. Loved the box but curious …did anyone get the Jane Iredale makeup in the Cool palette or did they just send out Warm? If they did, would anyone like to trade?

    • Pretty sure they only sent out the warm. It was discussed thoroughly on the spoiler post. Someone emailed them to ask and they reported back that there would be no customizing – all would get the warm.

      • Thanks…I don’t look at the spoiler posts. I want to be surprised whether it’s good or bad.

  14. I wish I could buy it but I can’t afford it right now, in fact I have cancel about 6 subscriptions already due to no job and saving for a house :/

    • The fall/ winter months subscriptions of popsugar are the best. Black Friday special ( 2014) had $75.00 off 6 month subscription, maybe this year will have same special. Hope this helps when able to buy popsugar subscription.

      • Thanks Denise , that was so nice of you, hopefully I’ll be able to get a subscription around black Friday sales

  15. I got this yesterday – I LOVE the necklace!

  16. Did anyone else think the drunk monkey serum smelled terrible?

    • yeah, it’s not the greatest smell, but Im going to use it under another product and hope that helps.

    • My husband asked why it smelled like a campfire in our living room!! It smells awesome if you want campfire on your face! Ack – it is making me sick and I only rubbed a drop over the back of my hand. I won’t ever use it unless the smell goes away in the next hour! *sigh*

    • Not only does it smell terrible, but I think the bottle I received was outdated. It came out as pure liquid when I pumped it out…I’m certain a serum is not supposed to be in liquid form. I’m contacting PS today.

      • Most of my serums are liquids like this one, so it may just be the form of this particular serum. If you look at the product on the dermstore.com site it shows the orange liquid a little bit too. Unfortunately, I personally cannot get over the scent which just doesn’t go away 🙁

  17. My makeup kit was left out of the box 🙁 Popsugar customer service said they would send a replacement so we will see how long that takes. Very disappointing to not have everything included the first time around when I’ve shelled out $100!

    • My Nieman Marcus box was missing the makeup and moisturizer. They sent it quickly — I received it about a week after I let them know.

    • Just curious, was there a certain number or email you used to contact customer service? I think the bottle of Drunk Elephant serum I received was outdated or something was wrong w/it. It came out as pure liquid when I pumped it out & it smelled horrible…I’m certain a serum is not supposed to be in liquid form. I’m contacting PS today, just wanted to make sure I use the correct number, etc.

      • What makes you think a serum shouldn’t be in liquid form? I’ve seen some that are gels and others that are so liquid-y that they are used with droppers, like the one I’m currently using (Dr. Dennis Gross). Serums are meant to sink completely into the skin, so it being totally liquid would probably help with that.

      • All the reviews I read of this product said it is supposed to be a runny liquid, so yours probably isn’t old or anything.

  18. I love everything about this box except for the salt. I actually need these items, new train case and passport holder. I’ll have to wait until I see the necklace in person (tomorrow) to decide about it. After seeing the cost analysis, I promptly cancelled my Fathom Quarterly box. I was disappointed when I received the box but I was just plain mad when I read the cost breakdown between the two boxes. This one is worth almost $400 and that one is just barely $100. They both cost $100, and came out the same month with the same theme (travel).

  19. The only thing appealing to me is the Drunk Elephant item.

  20. I really wanted to get this March’s Popsugar MustHaveBox. They were sold out. I was so sad:( the Jane Iredale makeup kit and the half moon pendent were my favorites. I hope I can enter a giveaway. Also, ebay has them. So, maybe I can find at least my two faves of the box to buy. If you know of any sites that do swaps or sales on individuals from subs, please share with me. Thank you. As always, your posts are awesome:)

    • I’m planning to list my necklace on eBay, I should receive my box tomorrow. i have it listed in the swaps now but I don’t think anything can compare with its value.

  21. Looking to swap for the passport holder, travel case, and makeup kit. If anyone has them to swap hit me up :)!

    • I have the passport holder to swap! I will email you now 🙂

    • i am happy to swap the travel case

  22. Would you be willing to start doing swatches on applicable products? It would be great to see what the colors look like, such as the bronzer and lip shades in the makeup kit. 🙂

  23. I didn’t get this, but that travel case is really cool!

  24. I love this box! Have already used everything except the passport holder which I swapped for another item I really wanted. 🙂

  25. Glad I didn’t get this one. The only think I like and would use is the day serum.

  26. This box was great for me, until I got to the salt and the passport cover. The former isn’t necessarily what I expect in a resort box and the latter item isn’t my taste (to me it’s a bit juvenile, plus I already have a leather cover, that’s not the same color as my actual passport like this one). But the train case, serum and cosmetics are fantastic and fit the theme perfectly. The necklace is nice and very resort style/theme appropriate but unfortunately isn’t my style (with turquoise you either love it or not). As PS LE boxes go this was a good one, not a complete hit but it included enough fun and higher value items to make it worth it.

  27. think I have been spoiled with Le Metier de Beaute. I haven’t actually OPENED the makeup – meaning taking the plastic off – in case I end up trading. But feel like i am getting a good sense from the photos. Is this as good? Great pigmentation? lovely application?

    • I think it is really good – but I’m now wondering where I put my Le Metier de Beaute palette to compare! The blush seems the most pigmented to me (compared to the bronzer). It has quite a bit of shimmer too. I like that the bronzer is matte, and warm – it will be great for contouring. Both of the lip colors are flattering to me – and both a little sheer too. I liked the effect of layering them.

      All in all, I’ll use every piece of this palette. Hope that helps!

      • thank you!

  28. Nothing here excites me. I don’t think I’d even be interested in this at half the price. I wish they’d do another target one because that one was awesome and I missed it.

  29. I want that train case really, really bad. Anyone willing to sell it?

    • I might be…I have it listed for trade right now…what would you offer for it? It is really pretty, and I am not sure I want to part with it….but I have a matching luggage set so it seems silly unless I can come up with a reason :o)

  30. I think it’s just me, but I’m not falling in love with this box. I’m happy that lots of people think otherwise.

  31. honestly, I think it’s an OK box. But for me, I really only LIKED the serum. I need to decide what from the rest that I will be keeping. The passport holder is nice, but I have been traveling internationally for about 17 yrs and clearly have one already (a few… ) that I already really like. I’m trying to like the case… not there yet. but overall, it’s all just Ok to me.

  32. I loved this box. I will use everything and as I’m going to the UK and Italy April 22 this is perfect

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