Every holiday season, POPSUGAR and Neiman Marcus do a collaboration box that's designed to be perfect for gifting. This is the review of the 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus Box!
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The box itself is beautiful. It has a magnetic flap closure, and it's definitely a box you'll want to keep for storage or regifting.
And I love the inner wrapping paper - such a beautiful contrast to the white box!
The Cost: $250
The Products:“We’ve created the ultimate box just in time for the holidays. Co-curated by Lisa Sugar and Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, they’ve chosen the perfect mix of luxe surprises ready to gift to loved ones or to yourself — you deserve it!”
UPDATE: This box is valued at over $740!
Alice + Olivia Stace Face Zip Wallet - Retail Value $198
I think this design is fun, mod, and has a Kate Spade vibe!
It's well-crafted, made from leather and patent leather, and the sunglasses and lips add a fun dimension to the wallet as well:
FYI - This wallet is modeled after the Alice + Olivia's CEO, Stacey Bendet Eisner, and her chic signature sunglass look.
Inside, there are two pockets for cash, 8 spaces for cards, and a zipper wallet in the middle.
Personally, I love that this wallet zips completely closed. (If you've ever found all your credit cards/gift cards/reward cards in a pile at the bottom of your purse, I'm sure you understand!)
Alexis Bittar Gold Crystal Studded Spur Lace Cuff - Retail Value $195
This bracelet comes in a textured gift box with an embossed logo.
And a lovely little cloth bag, too.
Take your holiday party look a notch higher with this Swarovski-crystal-studded cuff, which features both gold and silver tones in order to match any outfit. Lightweight and eye-catching, this elegant Alexis Bittar creation will solve your accessorizing woes for any special gathering.
This cuff manages to both be delicate and a statement piece at the same time - it's perfect for me!
This cuff measures approximately 5.5 inches and it's adjustable so you can customize the fit.
Here it is on:
I really love the lace filigree detail, and it has just the right amount of holiday sparkle for me!
I rarely say this in a review, but this next item should be a hit with EVERYONE:
Neiman Marcus Gift Card - Value $50
This gift card and the decorative sleeve have an embossed silver crocodile pattern.
And there is no mention of the POPSUGAR X Neiman Marcus box on the card - if you end up gifting this, it will be just like you bought the gift card in the store.
Nima Oberoi Lunares Wishbone Bookends - Value $129
(Another item boxed and ready to gift!)
These bookends are stunning! (And so unique!) I love this inclusion in the box!
The mixed metal design should work with most decor, too.
These have a silver and gold plate finish, and the Nima Oberoi Lunares logo is faintly present on the ends:
These are solid enough to hold books up, but not overly heavy thanks to the design:
These bookends are about 10 inches tall. Here they are with books to give you a better sense of scale:
And this set also comes with a card providing care instruction:
And more info on the meaning of the wishbone design:
They describe the wishbone as a symbol of hope, and it seems like a perfect fit for gift giving this time of the year.
Ready for another home item?
Antica Farmacista Prosecco Scented Candle - Value $44
This scent is described as:
Prosecco, tart satsuma citrus, and subtle floral notes of muguet balance notes of sugared black currant. A crisp scent celebrating the sparkling effervescence of prosecco and champagne.
To me, the scent reads as fresh and citrusy, and it should work all year round, too!
This candle has a burn time of approximately 60 hours.
I always like inclusions of candles in subscription boxes, so I was thrilled to see this in the box. Plus the design is classic and simple!
POPSUGAR included an eyeshadow Kaleidoscope in the original Neiman Marcus box (2013), so this is a bit of a throwback!
The packaging on these Kaleidoscopes is lovely. Here are all the shades opened:
And a closer look at each shade:
Moisture Matte Lip Creme in Taboo
Moisture Matte Lip Creme in Affinity
Lip Creme in Posh
Lip Creme in Breathe
This also comes with a card detailing the shades and application tips.
Here are all the shades swatched:
From the top: Breathe, Posh, Affinity, Taboo.
All shades have a lot of pigment and the matte Lip Cremes have good staying power, too. The two non-matte lip cremes, have more of a gloss consistency, so keep that in mind when you first go to apply - my lip brush hit the pan since I was expecting the same consistency of the matte lip cremes!
Studmuffin Desserts Bleeker Street Brittle - Value $30
This packaging is so cute!
It comes with a washer that you use to open the container:
This little bucket of brittle was a hit with everyone who tried it!
I couldn't eat it because I avoid dairy, but it was described to me as, "buttery and salty like you expect a good brittle to be. Plus it is crunchy but not hard so it was easy to eat."
And the brittle is all-natural and gluten-free!
Verdict: This box has a value of $741! I think that's a great value for a $250 box, and when you factor in the $50 gift card, it's really like paying $200 for 6 items. (That's about $33 an item!)
I'm really impressed with this box! First, everything is good to gift on its own. And I like the product category balance, too. Two home items, two fashion items, one beauty item, one home item, and a gift card to get anything else you want! (Can you tell I'm still shocked and delighted that they included a gift card in this box?)
What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus Box?
FYI - this box is currently still available for sale if you are interested!