POPSUGAR Must Have CFDA 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.
This is one of the pricier boxes POPSUGAR has released, and they’ve never done a collaboration with CFDA before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
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
The Cost: $195
The Products: $600+ worth of products, featuring an assortment of established and emerging designers, including some of fashion’s most coveted brands.
Each Limited Edition box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included:
Apolis + Clare V. Market Bag – Value $68
This may be my favorite item in the box. It’s the most chic reusable market bag I’ve ever seen, and I love the leather handles and the waterproof coating on the inside.
Here is the other side of the tote:
And the inside:
Since this bag can stand up on its own, I may leave it in our entryway by the front door to keep umbrellas and other items – I just want this tote on display 24/7!
Book summary from Amazon:
One of the most influential, admired, and innovative women of our time: fashion designer, philanthropist, wife, mother, and grandmother, Diane von Furstenberg offers a book about becoming the woman she wanted to be.
Diane von Furstenberg started out with a suitcase full of jersey dresses and an idea of who she wanted to be—in her words, “the kind of woman who is independent and who doesn’t rely on a man to pay her bills.” She has since become that woman, establishing herself as a global brand and a major force in the fashion industry, all the while raising a family and maintaining “my children are my greatest creation.”
In The Woman I Wanted to Be, von Furstenberg reflects on her extraordinary life—from childhood in Brussels to her days as a young, jet-set princess, to creating the dress that came to symbolize independence and power for an entire generation of women. With remarkable honesty and wisdom, von Furstenberg mines the rich territory of what it means to be a woman. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women, writing, “I want every woman to know that she can be the woman she wants to be.”
I wasn’t expecting a book in this box, but I’m always up for reading books by inspiring, business-savvy women!
Milly Nail Polish Set – Value $36
I can’t get the Milly NY web site to load, so I don’t have any more info on their nail polish line, but I do like the colors included. This is one of those boxes where I would have preferred to receive more if not all fashion items instead of beauty items, so I’m not overly excited about these.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Logo Bangle – Retail Value $80
I couldn’t find this bangle for sale online, so I linked to a Bloomingdale’s page for the bracelet – it no longer is available for sale though. It’s a very classic look, but considering I can’t find it online, I’m guessing this bangle isn’t from a current season – a little disappointing.
Everyone will get one of three different metal variations. I’m not into silver jewelry so much, so this is the variation I wanted the least. I can’t really wear bangles anyway though (they annoy me when typing) so really any color variation wouldn’t have worked. (Since this is such a nice piece, I’ll do a little giveaway at the bottom of this review in case you’d like to enter to win it).
Anna Sui Lipstick in 371 – Value $30
I’ve seen Anna Sui lipstick in magazines before but never tried it, so this is a nice addition for me. I think the packaging is gorgeous, and the lipstick shade works for me:
The formula goes on smooth, and it has a surprising rose scent!
Maiyet Poison Dart Stud Earrings – Value $295
These earrings are completely my style – I love all things gold and small-scale when it comes to jewelry, and these manage to be both tiny and bold at the same time.
(These were listed on the info card as $395, but they actually retail for $295). I think the $295 price is still pretty steep, but I can definitely tell they are quality pieces.
Verdict: In general, it seems a little risky to put half the value of the box in a small jewelry item that wouldn’t work for anyone without pierced ears. While I really like the studs, I think POPSUGAR would have had more success getting a different item for that amount of value, or spreading the value more evenly between the items. The good news is that POPSUGAR is accepting returns if you weren’t happy with this box – just email customer care to return the unused box.
What do you think of the CFDA POPSUGAR Limited Edition Box?
Also – if you want to win the Marc Jacobs bangle:
(Use this link if the giveaway isn’t loading for you).