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POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus Box 2017 Review

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 sold-out 2017 POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus Box!

This is the first year ever that you could pick your color choice (gold or silver). This review is of the gold box (and I’ll show you the silver options at the end of the post).

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.

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!”

This boxes comes with a fold out card detailing each of the items included:

Now, on to the items!

Eddie Parker Heart Bag Charm – Value $125

(This is a variant item. The silver version is at the bottom of this review.)

This keychain has a pearlescent red finish on one side and glitter acrylic on the other.

It’s a big bag charm (3″H x 2.1″W x 0.4″D), and could probably double as a big and sparkly keychain if you don’t want to put it on a purse, bag, backpack, etc.

Kim Seybert Spotlight placemat, set of 4 – Value $112

This is one of the items in the box with no variation. (If you ordered silver or gold you’ll be getting this set.)

These placemats measure 15 inches across and they are SO sparkly and fun!

The glitter is textured, so that might make them a bit tricky to clean, but there is zero glitter fall out!

I normally prefer a more minimalist style when it comes to home decor, but I think the holidays are a perfect time to be a bit more vibrant and festive – so these are perfect for me. (They feel very Kate Spade, too.)

And these can work for lots of uses besides placemats. We used one to make our bar cart extra sparkly:

If you have more than 4 seats at your table, you could alternate between these and a different placemat, or use these for a centerpiece instead. (And I think they could be fun as wall art, too!)

If you have any other fun ideas for how to use these, please let us know!

And here is the shaker also in that picture:

W&P Design Pineapple Cocktail Shaker in Gold – Retail Value $80

(This is a variant item. The silver version is at the bottom of this review.)

Again, great packaging and perfect for gifting!

This cocktail shaker is made of plated stainless steel and holds 18 ounces. (Hand wash only.)

We don’t make cocktails often, but we have a bar cart in our dining room, and I like that this is the type of cocktail shaker I can leave out on display!

Jonathan Adler Candle in Champagne Pop – Value $42

(If you ordered the Silver box, you’ll receive the Vodka Pop candle instead.)

The lining of this box is a champagne glass print , and the exterior is a metallic gold finish – it’s perfect for gifting!

(The metallic finish on the glass vessel is more of a rose gold than true gold.) It measures about 3.25 inches across and has a burn time of 40 hours.

The scent is sweet and a little fruity. It’s a blend of: pink grapefruit, sparkling champagne, raspberry, French cassis, violet leaves, rose petals, crushed sage, crisp mint, and grape leaf.

I asked a few fellow MSA reviewers to sniff it and everyone is a fan!

GLAMGLOW Dreamduo Overnight Transforming Treatment – Retail Value $59

This is one of the items in the box with no variation. (If you ordered silver or gold you’ll be getting this exact item.)

GLAMGLOW is one of those brands I will pay full-price for (I love their masks), so I was thrilled to see this in the box!

This DreamDuo is an overnight 2-step treatment:

First, you apply the serum (the pearl colored one on the left), then wait 30 seconds and apply the seal (the gray one on the right). The serum is lightweight and absorbs quickly, and the “seal” is a heavy-duty moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae designed to plump skin.

I’ve tried it for a few days now, and I love it! My skin has been especially dry lately thanks to the cold weather and heaters, and this immediately made my skin feel soft, hydrated, and plump. Oh, and it smells like an orange creamsicle! And it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates!

Yves Saint Laurent Wild Illusion Palette + Mascara Set

This is one of the items in the box with no variation. (If you ordered silver or gold you’ll be getting this exact item.)

Yves Saint Laurent Wild Illusion Palette – Value $60

I love a beautiful palette, and this one is gorgeous even before you open it!

All shades are super shimmery and pigmented. Some more sparkly than others.

The pink is designed to be used a base shade, with the silver glitter in the top right as a highlighter.

Here are the shades swatched:

These shades are much bolder than my typical (brown) go-to eyeshadow shades, but I think it’s great to get a bright and sparkly palette in a holiday box. (And I have nothing like this in my ever-growing palette collection.)

Yves Saint Laurent The Shock Mascara – 2 ml Value Approx $7

(FYI POPSUGAR did not put a value to this bonus mascara to go with the palette, but I’m including the value in case you are curious.)

This little mascara packs major volume and drama!

This mascara is a bold black that provides excellent length and volume. I didn’t have any clumping issues even after I applied multiple layers. I give it an A!

Chan Luu Swarovski Crystal & Pearl Necklace and Earring Set in Gold – Value $195

(This is a variant item. The silver version is at the bottom of this review.)

More excellent packaging perfect if you are splitting this box into multiple gifts!

The necklace is 17″ and extends to 19″.

I’m all for delicate gold jewelry, so this necklace is a great fit for me.

The earrings measure about 1.75″ in total length (top of hoop to bottom of pearl dangle.)

Here is the necklace on:

ANNA by RabLabs Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader in Gold – Retail Value $85

(This is a variant item. The silver version is at the bottom of this review.)

This agate plate measures about 6 inches long and 5.5 inches across. (It’s a little smaller than I expected but perfect for a small cheese plate.

Here it is “in action” to give you a better sense of scale:

And lastly, we have a Neiman Marcus gift card!

This is one of the items in the box with no variation. (If you ordered silver or gold you’ll be getting this exact item.)

Neiman Marcus $25 Gift Card

POPSUGAR included a Neiman Marcus gift card in last year’s box, too, and I’m glad to see they’ve continued the tradition!

Verdict: This box has a value of $790! I think that’s a great value for a $250 box, and when you factor in the $25 gift card, it’s really like paying $225 for 8 items.

Also, this year they included 4 home items! 4 home items plus 2 beauty and 2 fashion items and a gift card is a perfect mix for me. (And as always, I appreciate that pretty much everything in this box could be gifted if it isn’t a good fit for you.)

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box? No, this box is sold out. (But be on the lookout for a giveaway from us + POPSUGAR soon!)

Value Breakdown: At $250 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Keychain: $39.56
  • Placemats: $35.44
  • Shaker: $25.32
  • GlamGlow: $18.67
  • Candle: $13.29
  • Palette + Mascara: $21.20
  • Necklace + Earring Set: $61.70
  • Cheese Plate: $26.90
  • Gift Card: $7.91

What do you think of the POPSUGAR Must Have x Neiman Marcus Box

And here are the Silver variants:

(Thanks, Anna, for modeling!)



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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!

Posted in POPSUGAR Must Have Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: POPSUGAR Must Have Box | 53 comments

Comments (53)

  1. Kind of upset. I had planned on using the placemats and cheese plate for a party at my house tomorrow. And this still hasn’t moved since Sparks, NV. Usually I don’t get worked up about these things but other people seem to have got theirs?

  2. Any news on when we can expect to receive these boxes?? I typically gift the items in this box for Christmas, and my shipment hasn’t moved in 2 weeks

  3. Hi Liz, any recent news from PS on the shipping delays? I still do not have mine after ordering Nov 7.

    • Did you ever receive yours Vikki?

      • Thanks for asking. I did, right before Christmas.

  4. I would love for my box to arrive…after the shipping delays and promise of shipping it quicker to arrive before the holidays…they shipped it USPS. The mail has not gotten back up to full speed in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and now with the extra holiday mailings, I seriously doubt I got mine before I leave town next week. Super disappointing.

    • I agree. And this is the second year that I have had this issue. I cancelled my subscription and won’t ever purchase again. I could have gone to NM spend $250 come home happy and not have gone through being promised something that isn’t happening. Checked my box and it hasn’t left California! They promised expedited shipping no latter then December 8th. Very poor service. Very disappointing, again!

  5. I’m really glad I got this box. I got the gold, but the silver really is pretty! I’m giving the cheese set, placemats and shaker to my brother and his wife, who entertain. I also kept the earrings but I’m gifting the necklace.
    Everything in the box is substantial and high quality. The eyeshadow palette goes on very sheer, thankfully. The mascara doesn’t clump and doesn’t seem to flake! I’m burning the candle right now, it’s incredibly yum. The bag charm is big and thick, I actually may gift it if I can’t find a good place to put it. I can’t wait to try the mask. And the gift card, I’m keeping that too.
    Overall, I think it’s a great value!

  6. I got my box today. I love it! I think it is the best NM box they have done to date. Anytime they have home items it is a win in my book. I always purchase with a view to give some of the items as gifts but I want to keep most of it! They hit it out of the park this time!

  7. EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I just received my box today. Joke is on us–the silver “vodka” candle is stunning and smells heavenly–nothing whatsoever like alcohol in any way. It is a very clean/fresh smell. I was so worried it would stink. The placemats are so festive and fun! I can’t wait to use them on NYE. Just opened the small cheese board—-STUNNING! Absolutely stunning. Perfect for entertaining. The knife is shaped so elegantly. LOVE!!!!!! I don’t even need to wait to host to use this beautiful piece. I’m just going to say it: I didn’t expect to like the pineapple cocktail shaker. I thought it was not my taste preference. Turns out that it is! lol Sooooo completely unexpected. It’s a nice heavy weight (not too heavy), high quality, beautiful piece. I really love it. Was planning on gifting, but not after seeing it. ha ha. The heart shaped glitter and pearlized backpack hook thing is not as large as I thought so that is terrific. I am going to clip it on my tote bag or something. Super cute. The packaging for the jewelry set is exquisite. The silver is so much prettier in person than in the photos online. I have already accepted a swap for the gold set. These are tempting to keep if I hadn’t completed the swap transaction. Now I wish I would have purchased a second box to gift a few of the items! BEST PS NM BOX that I have purchased.

    • I agree with you on pretty much everything! The vodka candle smells indescribably delicious! I can’t quite figure out what it is but it’s pretty awesome. The silver jewelry is soooo much prettier in person (more dainty and lovely craftsmanship) and the packaging is gorgeous and giftable. I have the blue cheese board and it’s just beautiful and has little rubber feet to protect the table. I think I will use it on my vanity instead of hiding it away for the rare cheese tray at a party. It’s too pretty to hide in a cupboard all year!

  8. I am planning on using the tiny cheese plate as a coaster for my desk along side the clock we received in last years box! Way to small for the way I eat cheese but perfect for my over sized coffee mug 🙂

  9. Wow, this box is amazing! For me, my tops are the shaker and eyeshadow.

  10. Wow, what luxurious items. I love all of them. It is hard to pick a favorite. Even though I like the mask and Palatte and really want to try that mascara I tend to choose lasting items like the placemats or cheese plate. I’m going to say the cheese plate is my favorite although I probably wouldn’t use it as much as the others. The pearl necklace and earrings I would wear a lot. Next to diamonds pearls are a favorite of mine. Thanks so much.

    • I really would love the gold necklace and earring set. This is an amazing box!

  11. I love this box, especially the pineapple shaker. It’s just so cute & whimsical!!

  12. My favorite item is YSL eye shadow palette.

  13. Love everything in here especially the cheese plate!!

  14. This is a really nice box!

  15. I love the charm and the cheese plate!

  16. Without exception, the silver items were way nicerer than the gold (especially the cheese plate). And I usually have no preference.

  17. I cannot wait! I regularly shop at Neiman Marcus online. Many of these items and brands are in their current hard-copy Christmas catalog. I love love love this box. Makes me excited to use the placemats for NYE!!

  18. I am stunned that a glitter heart keychain is being valued at $150. I am clearly living in a different world than Neiman Marcus. Good thing I couldn’t afford to buy this. I would have been displeased.

    • I just saw an $700 fuzzy rubix cube keychain marked down to $400 over on their Last Call site. WTF!!! I’m mean, if you got money to literally burn it would be still ridiculous.

    • I have to agree. Looks like something you can get at Claire’s! That’s what I don’t like about all these “luxe” boxes. The retail value assigned is ridiculous, so of course the total value is high. I wouldn’t pay $50 for the whole box personally. That said, to each his own and if you love it, congrats! Maybe I’m just not high class enough to “get it”! Lol

  19. The palette and the candle would be the only useful items for me. Not that I have $250 to drop on ANY box… I’d rather buy what I like myself.

  20. Nice too much to shell out so I passed but I love the keychain and placemats for sure!

  21. Beautiful box!

    Any LE mans box spoilers to be released soon? want to order but waiting for 2nd spoiler..

    • Spoiler #2 will be this coming week! 🙂

      • Yay! Thank for replying

  22. I love the box and think if I had the 250 I would of jumped on it. Some are just to pretty to use and I may of put it away sadly like many other boxes I had to have. I am in love withbthe blue platter…omg yes please! Great review Liz andthank you again for all your hard work and getting use some sweet deals…UROCK!

  23. I think this is a fantastic box for the right person. Alas, that person is not me, so I’m glad I didn’t buy it. I’m also really glad that, right off the bat, they described it at being oriented toward entertaining, which I barely ever do, so I know not to buy it right away.

    I do want the earrings, though. And maybe the palette, although my previous experience with YSL eyeshadow has not been terribly impressive.

  24. My first thought is Wow, that’s one over the top box in the glitter/glam/bright department. Not my taste but I can see how it’s definitely going to appeal to folks!

  25. My wallet is happy that I didn’t covet any of the items. Despite being burned by past PSMH Mystery boxes, I’m sure I’ll buy multiples tomorrow if offered.

  26. Very unimpressive box for $250… Honestly, even though the items are fun, but I would never buy any of those things individually. YSL palette? Have it, very similar to this one, not impressed with color pay-off. Mascara seems very small. Jewelry looks very cheap. Chan Luu? Never heard of this company. Why not include Bvlgary for example?
    I guess this is just not worth $250 to me but thank you very much for the review, it always gives an idea what to expect from the hyped-up boxes.

    • I totally agree with u! I don’t see 250 much less the retail values!

    • Chan Luu is a luxe line of clothing and jewelry carried at Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and NM. I would much rather have a contemporary designer than an old school like one like Bulgari. I absolutely see the value, but then I am familiar with the brands.

  27. Is it possible to clip the glitter key chain to an actual bag with an actual person :), thanks!

  28. Glad I skipped it. The placemats, bag charm, and jewelry set look gaudy rather than classy and fun. The little metal rounds on the pearls make them look like breasts.

    • The sparkling items are fun for holidays. But your descriptions of the pearl jewelry made it feel pretty yucky :(.

    • Lmao!!

  29. Beautiful box, I just wish I could afford it! So when are we going to see the less expensive (hopefully) Cyber Monday boxes (assuming probably mystery boxes)???

  30. Beautiful box! I just wish I could afford it! Hah! So when are we going to see the less expensive (hopefully) Cyber Monday boxes (assuming probably mystery boxes)??

  31. I ordered the silver version, and in my account, it shows it is still processing. I wonder if only the silver box variation was delayed?

    • I ordered Silver and this morning got the notice that my box should arrive on Wednesday.

  32. I didn’t purchase this box as I don’t really entertain but I love all the items. May my life be one day fancy enough for the NM box.

  33. Amazing box!!! Thanks for the review, Liz! Question- is there any glitter fall out from the keychain/bag charm? Thanks!

    • Nope! This entire box is glitter fall out free! 🙂

      (The glitter is in the acrylic of the keychain, so it has a smooth finish, too.)

      • Perfect! Thanks for your quick reply! 🙂

  34. I cannot see any review. (??)

    • Sorry about that! Just fixed it!

  35. This scared me. I thought my computer wasn’t loading properly again. It’s just not there lol.

    • Sorry about that! It should be working now!

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