POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus Box 2016 Review


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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!

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This box was sent to us for review purposes.  (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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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.

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And I love the inner wrapping paper – such a beautiful contrast to the white box!

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The Box: POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus 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!

(Check out my review of the 20152014, and the 2013 Neiman Marcus Box to see what you can expect).

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Alice + Olivia Stace Face Zip Wallet – Retail Value $198

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I think this design is fun, mod, and has a Kate Spade vibe!

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It’s well-crafted, made from leather and patent leather, and the sunglasses and lips add a fun dimension to the wallet as well:

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FYI – This wallet is modeled after the Alice + Olivia’s CEO, Stacey Bendet Eisner, and her chic signature sunglass look.

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Inside, there are two pockets for cash, 8 spaces for cards, and a zipper wallet in the middle.

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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!)

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Alexis Bittar Gold Crystal Studded Spur Lace Cuff – Retail Value $195

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This bracelet comes in a textured gift box with an embossed logo.

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And a lovely little cloth bag, too.

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From POPSUGAR:

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.

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This cuff manages to both be delicate and a statement piece at the same time – it’s perfect for me!

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This cuff measures approximately 5.5 inches and it’s adjustable so you can customize the fit.

Here it is on:

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I really love the lace filigree detail, and it has just the right amount of holiday sparkle for me!

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I rarely say this in a review, but this next item should be a hit with EVERYONE:

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Neiman Marcus Gift Card – Value $50

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This gift card and the decorative sleeve have an embossed silver crocodile pattern.

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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.

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Nima Oberoi Lunares Wishbone Bookends – Value $129

(Another item boxed and ready to gift!)

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These bookends are stunning! (And so unique!) I love this inclusion in the box!

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The mixed metal design should work with most decor, too.

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These have a silver and gold plate finish, and the Nima Oberoi Lunares logo is faintly present on the ends:

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These are solid enough to hold books up, but not overly heavy thanks to the design:

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These bookends are about 10 inches tall. Here they are with books to give you a better sense of scale:

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And this set also comes with a card providing care instruction:

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And more info on the meaning of the wishbone design:

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They describe the wishbone as a symbol of hope, and it seems like a perfect fit for gift giving this time of the year.

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Ready for another home item?

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Antica Farmacista Prosecco Scented Candle – Value $44

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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!

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This candle has a burn time of approximately 60 hours.

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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!

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Le Metier de Beaute Lip Kaleidoscope in Lip L’Amour – Value $95

POPSUGAR included an eyeshadow Kaleidoscope in the original Neiman Marcus box (2013), so this is a bit of a throwback!

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The packaging on these Kaleidoscopes is lovely. Here are all the shades opened:

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And a closer look at each shade:

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Moisture Matte Lip Creme in Taboo

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Moisture Matte Lip Creme in Affinity

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Lip Creme in Posh

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Lip Creme in Breathe

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This also comes with a card detailing the shades and application tips.

Here are all the shades swatched:

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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!

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Studmuffin Desserts Bleeker Street Brittle – Value $30

This packaging is so cute!

It comes with a washer that you use to open the container:

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This little bucket of brittle was a hit with everyone who tried it!

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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112 Comments

  1. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    First of all, I am a Neiman Marcus enthusiast. So being able to get high end items at a discount is my dream come true. My husband and I absolutely love the book ends. How adorable! And they match the candle sticks I got from a previous box!
    The lip palette is so beautiful and I love it even more than the original NM collar eyeshadow kaleidoscope. This is a typical item that I would love to try but would never spend that full price amount for. The candle is so ME…so luxe. And the brittle. YUM!

    The Alexis Bittar bracelet is a stunner! I only wish that it came in silver? Has anyone tried exchanging it at Neiman’s? The wallet is adorable. However, it is very taste specific…has anyone tried exchanging it? I don’t see it online at NM and if I gifted it, I’d be afraid that the person would not be able to exchange it.

    The gift card just pushed me over the edge into heaven!

    This is the BEST BOX out there. I’ve gotten it 3 years in a row and I am willing to get another box if it goes on sale for gifting!

    • The bracelet can only be exchanged at Alexis Bittar Boutiques. NM does not carry the bracelet. The wallet is not carried by NM NOR Alice and Olivia.
      I am a little disappointed that the items are not real NM items…I think it puts you in a tough spot with gifting when you can not exchange the items. I am going to keep this in mind when ordering a box next year. Also, NM return policy is iron clad for anything over $50

  2. I am still debating on whether or not to order this, Does anyone know if it will ever go on sale ?

  3. Hi Liz, Can I use the Neiman marcus gift card online?????

    • Has anyone had any problem using the gift card? I tried using it online and it won’t work.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE Alice and Olivia. Nice addition Popsugar!

  5. Is anybody planning on selling their cuff? I think it’s the only item I really love…

  6. I like most of these items but will wait until it goes on Gilt..don’t think it will sell out!

  7. Thanks for the awesome review Liz! Do you know the weight of the wishbone bookends by any chance?

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