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POPSUGAR Must Have Box September 2017 Review + Coupon

POPSUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box for women. Each month they send a mix of items from categories like beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and home.

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

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: 39.95 a month

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to get $20 off your first box!

The Products: “Must Have” items for women selected by POPSUGAR editors. (Fitness, Home, Beauty, Food, and more)

Check out all of my POPSUGAR Must Have reviews and the Women’s Subscription Box Directory!

Each box comes with a fold out card detailing the items included, and what themes inspired the box.

The themes this month are: trendsetting, personalize, style, floral, illuminating.

Now, on to the items!

Hudson + Bleecker Bonjour Smartphone Wallet in Dusty Rose – Value $48

This wallet has an embossed faux snakeskin finish with gold hardware accents.

The inside is lined in grey and includes 4 card slots and one pocket for cash.

It fits almost any phone (including 7+) and measures 7 X 3.5 inches.

I was even able to fit a lip balm in there with my phone! My favorite part about this wallet is the zipper – no worries about anything falling out. And since I can fit all essentials in it, it’s easy to move it from purse to purse.

I’m trying to declutter my regular purse, so this is a perfect wallet for me to only keep essentials.

Figs & Rouge Brightening Primer – Value $45

This is an oil-free primer/highlighter hybrid. You can use it as both a makeup base and as a highlighter! The liquid formula is super easy to blend out, and it left my skin looking fresh and dewy.

If you are looking for a subtle highlighter, this is your product. If you want a highlighter that really pops, you’ll probably just want to use this as a primer and use a different product for bold highlight.

Lipstick Queen Black Lace Rabbit – Value $25

How gorgeous is this black lace packaging?

f you aren’t familiar with Lipstick Queen, it’s a super popular color-changing makeup brand! Their formulas are designed to give you a custom color based on your skintone.

This blush is black in the pan but goes on as a sheer berry with a super subtle gold shimmer.

Ready for the magic? Here it is swatched beneath the highlighter:

And Lipstick Queen included a card on the blush as well:

On the back are instructions for how to win The Smokey Lip Collection by modeling your blush:

Hat Attack Buji Baja Coco Flower Pin – Value $17

This floral pin is made of a material that feels a bit like silk. POPSUGAR recommends attaching it to your coat, blouse, purse, bracelet etc. as a new fall accessory.

I have to be honest, this item really put me out of my fashion comfort zone and isn’t something I would have bought myself. But… that’s part of the allure of subscription boxes, right? Trying new things? Discovering new products?

So, I present to you, me, trying my best:

(I’m also wearing the makeup in this box, but I realize it’s pretty hard to tell!)

What do you think? How are you planning on styling this? If you share a picture on Instagram, please tag MySubscriptionAddiction so I can see!

Richer Poorer Wool Striped Nora Sock in Charcoal & Black – Value $20

Yes to warm, cozy, and useful socks! These are a stretchy and warm pair of knee-high socks. The material composition is 76% acrylic, 5% wool, 16% polyester, and 3% spandex, so you don’t have to worry about them being itchy, either.

These would be great for under long boots, or maybe even peeking out about booties?

Or just for lounging around at home with a book and a warm cup of tea/coffee/etc! (Can you tell I’m already in fall cozy mode?)

Pipcorn Kettlecorn – Value $5

If you aren’t familiar with Pipcorn, it’s tiny popcorn! (About half the size of regular popcorn.)

When I first tried this brand, I was worried tiny popcorn meant lots of kernel issues. But the hulls on their kernels are actually more delicate than regular popcorn, so you have fewer issues with getting them stuck in your teeth!

And the kettle flavor is fantastic! It’s made with a blend of cane sugar and brown sugar, and it’s not overly sweet like some kettle corn.

Verdict: I am digging the dark vibes of this box! I’m starting to see Halloween decorations pop up, and this box feels appropriate without being a Halloween box at all! And while the jury is still out for me on the flower pin, I’m loving everything else in this box. I think this is the first time POPSUGAR has sent a wallet in a monthly box, too – impressive! And I LOVE that they got the newly released Lipstick Queen blush in this box. It really helps make this box feel ahead of trends and special.

And this box has a value of $159!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? When you click “Subscribe Now” on the POPSUGAR site, the box your subscription will start with will be highlighted.

Coupon – Use coupon code MUSTHAVE5 to save $5

Value Breakdown: At $39.95 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Smartphone Wallet: $11.80
  • Figs & Rouge: $11.30
  • Flower Pin: $4.27
  • Wool Socks: $5.03
  • Lipstick Queen Blush: $6.29
  • Pipcorn: $1.26

What do you think of the September POPSUGAR Must Have Box? What’s your favorite item in the box?


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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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Comments (152)

  1. Did this primer have a foil seal? Pleeease I need to know, guys! TIA!

  2. I have worn the pin to work 2X and have had compliments on it both times. It reminds me of the Chanel pin from the 90’s!

  3. I am so annoyed with Popsugar. I have not received my spetember box. They claim they cannot locate my account. Yet they withdrew $37.88 out of my account on 9-6-17. Ridiculous!

    • My box isn’t here yet either. It was shipped 2 days after I contacted them for the second time.

      • They responded Monday asking for my mailing address. I sent it to them. I have not heard back from them. I opened a dispute with my bank this morning.

  4. I finally got mine today and I love it! I even adore the blush and I can’t wear blush!! It’s such a pretty, glimmering pink. Sigh. How I wish I could wear it. All in all I’m extremely pleased with everything.

  5. So disappointed in this box. I absolutely love Popsugar, but I think I might cancel after this one. I really hope the curators of the box read these comments….as it seems the majority of subscribers were disappointed. I am not keeping one thin out of the box. And EVERYONE has this box, so getting the items to swap is near impossible. Anyone interested in swapping for the entire box? I know it’s a long shot….I think I might save my money and put it toward the ADIDAS box….

    • I’d swap for the whole box!

  6. The popcorn was a hit at a party! Socks are festive for Halloween and will wear them with jeans. Wool will keep my feet warm. I liked that they were not cheap,…
    Blush is creamy and color was usable. Not too bright or too red or orange. Highlighter was subtle and I have sensitivity-but no problems here! Where do you buy replacement when this is used up?
    Wallet is great! Pink color will be nice to find in dark purse. Pin is odd… but will try to use it someway. Liz you made it look pretty on plaid jacket. Seems like it was missing something….. I would love to see some new Kendra Scott earrings! Fall color?

  7. Is anyone else STILL waiting for signs of shipping for their box?

    • Yes, mine has said “processing” since August 31st. Kind of frustrated!

    • I emailed them again. This time they said they’d contact the warehouse. Hopefully that will get things moving

      • Update: I can now see a shipping label has been created (FedEx ap). Probably the September box, but I did order a Gilt City box. Looks like I’ll probably not receive this until October.

    • Did you ever get a shipping confirmation? I’m still waiting and Waiting….

  8. This was the box that led me to cancel. I have been pretty much underwhelmed by their boxes the past couple of months. The popcorn was not very good – full size kettle corn tastes much better. It kind of reminded me of the bits of popcorn that are left in the bottom of a fullsize bag. Basically remnants. I was really excited about the primer but today I made the mistake of putting it on before work and my face is broken out in hives. I’m at work and really embarrassed. I do not have sensitive skin and can usually use just about any skincare product – so I’m not sure what is going on here. That is just my experience – it could work great for somebody else. I dumped the other stuff on Ebay. I agree with the reviewer that compared it to items at Claire’s in 2004 (LOL). The wallet is super cute but not big enough to actually use. Might work for someone else, but I need more room for all of my stuff. I think the quarterly boxes for PopSugar are much better and will continue to buy those, but I’m done with the monthly.

  9. I emailed customer service because I was concerned since my boxes have always shipped by now. The reply was great news, your account shows processing so it should be on its way in 2-3 days 🙄 It’s said processing since August 31. Non answers are so frustrating

    • Mine has not even shipped either… very odd/annoying.

  10. Love this box. Love the pin. I just still really love Popsugar

  11. Great box, good variety. It’s hard to please everyone. Got mine yesterday: popcorn was yummy. Socks much better quality and thicker than expected. Blush, lovely and cream formula is easy on skin going into colder weather. Primer, don’t need it but I’ll eventually use it. Clutch/wallet/phone case, is nice and sturdy, if I don’t use it, it will make a great gift. Flower pin…..daughters ran off with it. One VERY well spent 20/25 bucks! (Black Friday deal)

  12. I think this is such a cute box. I really, really like the wallet and those socks! À la Wicked Witch of the West lol. Idk why, but I truly dig them and even the ridiculous flower pin. I have zero clue what I’ll do with it, but it’s still cute! The ONLY thing I’m not feeling in this box is the PipCorn. I hate popcorn and kettle corn. My mom loves it, though, so maybe I could bribe her for something lol.

  13. That flower would be cool on your poncho from the fall LE box!

  14. Has anyone else received their box? I’ve been fairly happy with previous Lipstick Queen items in boxes, and LOVE their colored eyeliners, but I can’t get any color to show when I swatch it on my arm. I have medium-light olive-toned skin, and it doesn’t show up at all! 🙁 Is anyone else having this problem?

  15. LOVE the pricing breakdown Liz- this will help with SWAPs if I can ever get it to work. 🙂 I seriously am so excited to swap, but it hasn’t worked yet. The wallet, that flower pin… need a new home!

    Props to PopSugar for curating and delivering a box in time for use! The Halloween theme in September was perfect timing!

  16. I actually do like this one.. hated the last one! I will use the flower on my ponytail elastic to finish my pony off. I’ve don’t that w pins for years, looks cute. Great to keep a scarf in place too for fall

  17. I just got a shipping notification for my boutique order, but my September box still hasn’t shipped. Anyone else still waiting?

    • Got a shipping notice that my box is supposed to arrive Sept. 19th.

  18. I only keep the popcorn, and will donate all other items! Very disappointed!

  19. Hmm … Hat Attack has been in PopSugar boxes (including monthly and limited edition) a few times in the last year and a half, eh? I think a wrap/sarong, a tote and now this flower pin. I think the poncho in the fall limited edition is Hat Attack, too? I can’t help but feel like there are endless brands they could be including … why repeat the same ones? Makes me feel like it’s just easy for them to continue the same brand partnerships instead of seeking out some new and interesting finds. This flower pin doesn’t really fit my style, but I don’t mind that they included it. Just prefer to see fresh brands. (Not hating on Hat Attack either, just wondering about all the repetition.)

  20. Glad I cancelled this one, I would have been super disappointed to receive it. The only thing that interests me is the Lipstick Queen blush and I would honestly rather pay full price for that than buy this box because I’d just end up with more stuff sitting around that I can’t get rid of in swaps. Way more excited for their fall LE!

  21. This is horrible! The wallet, pin and socks look cheap. I am sooooo disappointed and really sad that i got this as a bday gift.

  22. the pin and socks are super cute and do not look cheap. I have socks from the dollar store, and these look way nicer! nice and thick and perfect wireth boots. I cant wait to put that pin on my FFF beanie! and that wallet is super pretty! love the color! The lipstick queen blush is what i am most excited for- that alone is worth $25 and i am a huge fan already! the primer will def be used also:) i would have loved a pretty piece of jewelry tho ..maybe next month!

    • Ooooh, the pin on the beanie is a great idea!

  23. I am so excited for the lipstick queen blush and the wallet. Enough for me to re sub.

  24. Cannot wait to get my box!

  25. I wonder if they’ll have a sale on this box? Everything will be used but not nothing is overwhelming enough to justify paying the full price!

  26. I didn’t pay full price for it, so I’m more than thrilled! I wear silky scarves regularly, and I have one I think the pin will look cute on. The blush is so cool, my daughter always needs high socks for roller derby, and my sister loves everything pink, so she’ll love this for her birthday. The only thing I’m blah about is the primer, but I’m always willing to give another one a try! Overall, this is a box filled with things that are good for me or someone I love. That’s a good box in my book!

    • Tanya I love your optimistic outlook on how you could utilize and/or gift the items! FYI, though, the socks are wool… ultimately I realize it will be up to you & your daughter, but I personally would think they might be too warm for activities like roller derby.

  27. I have an actual phone wallet that fits my phone, but might use this for extra cards and small cosmetics or cords/chargers. I like the color so I hope it works for that.

    I feel like the obvious use for this pin is: gift wrap accessory.

    Everything else, I’ll use, no problem.

  28. Totally off topic but, Liz I absolutely love, love, LOOOVE the black boots you are wearing in the picture. I want a pair so badly! Lol May I ask where you bought them? 😀

    • Thanks! They are from Nordstrom Rack (bought last year.) Here’s the link to the sold out page:

      Hopefully that will give you info to find them online elsewhere!

      • Thank you so much for replying! You are the BEST!!!!

  29. Ugh I really wish the wallet had a battery pack built in or a strap to function as a wristlet or something…otherwise it’s really just a plain wallet? In theory I can fit my phone into pretty much any large wallet…

  30. I had gone back and forth on buying the blush since it came out, so when I saw it came in this box, I bought the box as a gift to myself – that way I’m not locked into a subscription since only about 1 in 5 or 6 PopSugar boxes appeal to me. I’m now glad I did because I like everything in the box, and can even probably find a use for the flower pin! While I wouldn’t necessarily buy the socks, if I wear them under jeans with booties, no one will ever see them so who cares? They sound warm, which is even more important. I’m hoping the wallet will fit my Galaxy S8, but if not I can probably just use it as a wallet inside my purse.

  31. I’ll sell the whole box on eBay as soon as I receive it.

  32. This box is underwhelming at best. I can’t wait for my year long subscription to end. The last time I was wowed by PSMH was November of last year.

  33. Does anyone known if this primer will work on darker skin? I don’t wear makeup, so this would be new for me, and am unfamiliar with how one chooses primers–do they come in different shades? Can’t decide if to put this up for swap!

    • Some primers come in different shades for different skin tones (for example, Tarte’s tinted primer, which I love). Most primers though don’t add any color to your skin so they work for any skin tone. The one in this box is universal, according to the brand’s website, so it should work on any shade of skin to give it a brightening glow.

      • thanks so much!

  34. The wallet certainly looks cute but I have to have my phone loose in my bag or I don’t hear it while I’m out and about. Experience has taught me that by the time you’ve scrabbled around, found the wallet and then unzipped it you’ve usually missed the call.
    Those socks! I’m (almost) speechless. They’re just so …. no, I can’t find the words. I don’t want to be too scathing as some of you will enjoy them, so I’ll leave it at that.
    So disappointing – this box will languish unopened at the back of my closet.

  35. Really nice curation for a “Halloween” box. I love how everything visually goes together (and I like black in general, so it’s appealing to me).

  36. This is my first month without PSMH in almost three years! I thought for sure I’d want to swap for something, but I don’t really. Except the popcorn and good luck with that. Maaaaaaybe the socks. But then it also looks like the kind of box with items that I wouldn’t know I liked until I tried it -especially the blush. But I’m definitely not missing the flower pin.

  37. Liz so you think the phone wallet can be used as a regular wallet? I need a wallet but not a cell phone one.

    I know the socks won’t fit me but my 7 year old will probably love them (although im sure they’ll be too big for her).

    I think after this box I have 2 credits left. I’m hoping PSMH has a great Black Friday deal again but otherwise I think I’ll be on a box to box method of shopping

    PS. I still can’t get new comments notifications. I never get the click to confirm email 😟

    • Yep, it can work as a regular wallet, too. (And you’ll have extra room for lip balm, hand sanitizer, etc. if you want it) Hope that helps!

      (And sorry about the comment notifications. We’ll try to figure out what’s going on.)

      • Great! Thanks. I’m happy with the wallet then!

    • I had trouble too and then I figured out that the signup confirmation email always goes straight to my spam. So I have to check there to be able to see it. hth

  38. Not a bad box overall but I gotta say I’m glad I stuck with FFF instead.

  39. I’m going to put the wallet and socks up for swap. I can’t wear anything wool and I don’t like pink wallets 😀 I’m excited about everything else in this box. Except the pin! I almost forgot, that one will definitely be up for on my swap list.

  40. What is the wallet made of? Faux leather?

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