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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Fall 2018 Review + Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanSep 12, 2018 | 182 comments

POPSUGAR Must Have
3.9 overall rating
530 Ratings | 71 Reviews

POPSUGAR Must Have is a lifestyle subscription box for women. Each season 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).

As always, the pacakging is great. (This would be a wonderful subscription to gift, too.) And as you can see with the “But wait, there’s more!” cardboard piece, beneath the cardboard, you’ll find the special extra sponsored goodies! (These items are not counted toward the value of the box.)

The Subscription Box: POPSUGAR Must Have

The Cost: $75 a box

If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MSA20 to save $20 off of 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 booklet detailing the items included, and a letter from Lisa Sugar:

 

And POPSUGAR also included a card with coupons for the brands featured in the box:

Now, on to the items!

Soia & Kyo Larisa Scarf – Retail Value $75

This is one of my favorite POPSUGAR spoiler items ever! This scarf is so soft, feels so luxe, and I actually thought the retail price would be well over $100 when I first saw it. Plus, while I have a large scarf collection thanks to subscription boxes, I have nothing like this – it is so unique!

The flip side of the scarf has more blush pink tones. Here is a closer look at the material and subtle fringe on the ends:

(70% Viscose, 30% Polyester)

The scarf measures 24″ x 72″. I’ll hold it up to give you a better sense of scale:

And here is the reverse side:

Here it is on:

With the geometric print and the way this scarf drapes, it’s so easy to wear.

It’s long and warm enough to also function as a shawl.

A cape, or even a more “blazer-y” look:

Jules Smith Jane Cuff – Retail Value $90

(Subscribers will be able to pick the metal color: gold, rose gold or silver!)

This geometric cuff features 14k gold plating, and it’s adjustable.

Here it is on:

It’s kind of both bold and minimalist – I’m digging it!

And POPSUGAR sent us all variations so you could see the metal options:

Rose Gold

Silver

Tarte Tight & Bright Multi-Mask – $40

First, how awesome is this packaging? I love faux Agate lid! (And I’m always happy to see tarte in a subscription box!)

And the mask itself is beautiful, too. The gold side is for brightening and hydration – it’s great for sensitive areas like cheeks or under eyes. And the white clay side is designed to help tighten pores and detox your skin. (The white clay will dry over 10-20 minutes, the gold mask will not.)

I loved how my skin felt after I removed these masks – soft and smooth – and on the areas where I used the white clay mask, I could see a difference in my pores.

Lipstick Queen Method in the Madness in Manic Mauve – Retail Value $25

I love the Lipstick Queen brand (they have lots of innovative formulas like color changing lipstick), and this marbled lipstick is gorgeous.

Here is a closer look at the marbling:

This is pretty much my go-to lipstick shade, so I’m thrilled with the color. The formula is creamy and moisturizing, too.

Here it is swatched:

(And I’m wearing it in a lower photo, too.)

Umbra Pendant Accessories Organizer  – Retail Value $11.99

This rose gold metal accessories holder is pretty enough to display, but it also works as a regular hanger, too.

It’s easy to hang jewelry, sunglasses, etc, on it.

You could also use it by your door to keep all your going out essentials.

Or just as a way to keep track of all your POPSUGAR scarves in your closet!

Casery Phone Pocket Stick-On Card Holder – Retail Value $15

This stick on metallic card case has a 3M backing, just peel and apply to the back of your phone:

It should work for most smartphones, and when you want to remove it, there won’t be any sticky residue.

Cute!

Tribe Alive Leather Marbled Valet Tray – Retail Value $58

This tray is stunning! It’s made with genuine leather and the paint is a hand marbling application.

FYI – it arrives flat like this:

You’ll need to bend in the corners to snap it in place. (The snaps unsnapped a few times before the leather adjusted to the new shape.)

I just love how this matches the scarf colors!

(Also, Tribe Alive is a wonderful brand that works to employ at-risk women across the world with living wages. Learn more about their causes here.)

HUM Killer Nails – Retail Value $10

This is a Biotin supplement designed to help support stronger nails and hair. (And the formula is vegetarian/vegan.)

This bottle includes 30 capsules (a 30 day supply), and I’ve used HUM products before and liked them, so I’m hopeful to see results in a month of using this. (I cut my hair last year and regretted it soon after – I’m trying to get to healthier, longer lengths as soon as possible!)


Now, time for the Special Extras in the box! (If you aren’t familiar, these are extra items that don’t count toward the value of the box. AKA bonus freebies!)

Liz Clairborne JCPenney Sloane Rose Gold Sunglasses – Retail Value $32

Are these the best/highest value Special Extra we’ve ever received from POPSUGAR? I think so!

I love the aviator style of sunglasses, so these were a welcome addition to the box for me. Plus the Rose Gold + Pink accents match the rest of the box color scheme so well.

Here they are on:

(I’m also wearing the lipstick in this picture, too!)

Bliss Makeup Melt Oil-Free Makeup Remover Wipes – Retail Value $7

Bliss recently relaunched, and I’ve been wanting to try their new products, so this was another Special Extra that was perfect for me. (In addition to new packaging and lower prices, all Bliss products are now  “PETA-certified, cruelty-free and blissfully-free from parabens, phthalates, SLS, SLES and other bad stuff you don’t want on your skin or body.”)

The makeup wipes worked well too – they passed the “remove all my mascara” test!

For the final Special Extra, we have a laundry pack from Clorox:

CLOROX Zero Splash Bleach Packs – 12 count

These are super easy to use – just use one bleach pack per load – and put it directly into the machine drum. No pouring bleach! (I realize I may be the only one excited about this – but I seriously hate pouring bleach!)

And included with the bleach packs is a little Lavender sachet from K. Hall Designs to make your laundry smell fresh after it’s done!

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $325 not counting the special extras! (With the special extras, you are way over $360!) I think the value is great, and I am SO impressed with this curation! I love that everything has a subtle color coordination, I think all the items are modern and unique, and this entire box is a perfect fit for my style. Plus the brands are fabulous, too. This is one of my all-time favorite POPSUGAR boxes, and I’m already excited to see how they follow this with the winter box!

(And I truly believe that once you feel that scarf in your hands you’ll think it’s worth the cost of the box alone – it is amazing!)

To Wrap Up:

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

DEAL – If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MSA15 to save $15 off of your first box!

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

POPSUGAR Must Have is a quartely lifestyle subscription box curated by the editors at POPSUGAR. Each box features their "must have" products for beauty, fashion, home, food, fitness and more. Every box has a value of $250 +!
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!

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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182 comments

Cindy

My lipstick claims it is Manic Mauve but looks nothing like yours, Liz. Very disappointed as I loved the look of yours.

Jo

The Soia & Kyo scarf looks an awful lot like the Leith Abstract Geometric Scarf at Nordstrom’s on sale currently. I love my scarf in the popsugar box, but just wanted to let people know there’s a very similar dupe available.

Heather

Overall I liked my first box but am disappointed in the service. They never shipped my box and I had to keep contacting customer service as it was “pending” for well past the time they stated. They finally shipped a box overnight but I did not receive the rose gold bracelet I had selected at checkout. That was a bummer. They could have at least included the new bonus item to make up for the delay and wrong bracelet color. I do like the rest of it and the scarf is gorgeous.

Amalia

I did an approximate value breakdown if anyone’s interested! (value breakdown against the cost of the box as $55, with the $20 off coupon)

Scarf: $12.69
Cuff: $15.23
Tarte: $6.77
Lipstick Queen: $4.23
Tray: $9.82
Umbra: $2.03
Phone pocket: $2.54
HUM: $1.69

I paid $55 for this box, so I think this is an amazing deal.

MicheleDeG

Thank you for the breakdown. I had been hesitant but now they added a free highlighter and I will use it. That and I couldn’t get anyone to trade for the items. This is definitely worth it to me 😊

Amalia

I just got my box today and was so excited to receive it, all the items look amazing – but as I opened it up and took all the items out, I saw that I got the wrong color cuff (asked for gold and got silver) and my box was missing the special extras. To top it all off, the packaging on the Tarte was atrocious, the box looked like it had been used to play in the World Cup and as a result, most of the mask leaked out. SO disappointed… anyone know what customer service is like?

Ms.R

Oh. I’m weak. This box is awesome.
Great curation Popsugar 🙌🏼

Liza

Here’s my mini review on this box:

Scarf – I like the colors, but I’m not a big scarf wearer to justify keeping it – it will make a good gift.

Cuff – I picked gold, I was thinking about gifting it, but I might actually end up keeping it. I agree with Liz, it’s both bold and minimalist at the same time and while I don’t wear cuffs very often, I might keep this one.

Tarte – love the packaging, unfortunately I have extremely sensitive skin and have to be very picky about my skincare, so this will be gifted.

Lipstick – I like the shade, it’s pretty neutral on me (I prefer neutral lippies over bold).

Tribe Alive tray – LOVE this! The marbling paint application is absolutely gorgeous and it’s already on my dresser (you do have to break the leather in a bit to get the snaps to stay in place).

Phone pocket – cute, it’s already on my phone (and I used the coupon code to buy one for my sister as well).

Umbra – I like the design and it’s already being put to good use.

HUM vitamins – I’m not a big fan of taking supplements unless I absolutely need to, so these went to my sister.

Special extras – the sunglasses are gorgeous, wipes are always useful and so are the Clorox packs (and I’ve got the lavender sachet in my linen drawer already).

Overall, I really enjoyed this box! Excited to see the winter edition now 🙂

Daphne

I held off reviewing the full review until after I got my box.. so glad that I did because this curation felt special to open. I love rose gold and for most of the items to be that color was an absolute win.. I can understand someone who wouldn’t feel the same way could be a little disappointed. At first I was a little confused about the tray but it looks great and after a little work the buttons stopped popping open. I think I may need to buy multiple Umbra holders, it is awesome!

Jessica

I couldn’t make the cuff work at all…as a cuff. I was sad until I smooshed it together and turned into a scarf ring, now I LOVE it. Give it a try.

Ms. R

Thanks for the great tip!
I will do! Your idea also made me think they would make pretty curtain hold backs.

MinnePuffin

I got my box today and I’m in love with it!

I immediately hung up the scarf organizer by my front door. I currently have sunglasses and fall scarves and love that it’ll get used year round.

I’m so excited to try everything!

Kim

This was a fabulous fall box with items that show quality and are must have status! Pop sugar is back girls!
The scarf is lushly soft and the colors lovely to enhance tones for black, gray, tan or even navy. If you don’t like it as a scarf it can be a throw . The Jules Smith cuff is adjustable and modern looking. I like having the triangle side up! The tarte mask will be used! Lipstick queen lipstick is very flattering and not goth looking. Marbled tray is modern and it does take a while to snap with pressing corners in. If it comes open add hot glue. Gold phone pocket I will use to put my identification information inside if lost rather than cards. Scarf holder is clever. I’m going to use it with clips for my art studio. Vitamins , makeup wipes and bleach all things everyone will use! Glasses fun! Will use them to golf. Brown lens help you see golf balls better than gray. The coasters were beautiful! Think it was fun to get one of each color. Bravo team pop sugar!

Molly

Kim, what coasters are you talking about??

Km

Add on item.

Gina G

This is an outstanding box overall! Wanted to comment about the Jules Smith bracelet in particular – had received a few bracelets that are similar to this one before, so didn’t know if I’d be happy with it. Turns out, this one is so much more substantial, sturdier and more comfortable to wear than the others, and I just really love it now that I’ve been testing it out for a day!!! Total win.

Elle Em

I have a couple of questions.

Liz – where did you get that cool bag!?

Anyone/Everyone – do you have any recommendations for companies like Tribe Alive that are more unisex or geared toward men? My bf and I are always looking for Xmas and other gift ideas for his cool hippie grandparents. We’ve done things like GlobeIn and Yummy Bazaar in the past. Thanks in advance for any recs!

carrie a vessels

The bag is Tribe Alive and it came in a sub box. Maybe PopSugar but I can’t remember for sure.

Molly

It was a PopSugar box. If you look on their website at past boxes, you’ll find it. They also offered it on text as a Must Have special “buy it now” just a day or two ago for $49. I bet you can still snag one if you want it.

Bb

I received my box today, and it’s a really solid PSMH box with a value for the quarterly change up. I really like the scarf and bracelet more than I thought I would, and also think the beauty items are very nice.

They did a great job with the sponsored free products. The only things that really don’t rock me are the scarf holder thing and the black leather tray. I would have appreciated a natural leather or a softer color but this looks like a man’s item to me.

I plan to get the Winter box for sure.
As for Rachel Zoe BOS, they are totally non-responsive about shipping out my box. The CS just isn’t there any longer, IMO.

Pop Sugar is the clear winner in terms of CS and shipping!!

amyr

I spent 15 min writing a review of this box and it did not post. It was a glowing review.

I guess because I used all caps and exclamations it got filtered out.

amyr

Oh good! I saw my review got posted 🙂

amyr

I just my box today! I LOVE it all!

Scarf: Larger on me than Liz of course because I am way smaller at 5′ tall but it still looks great. The colors, the geometric print and the softness make this a huge win for me! It will be great to use to snuggle during colder months. I live in a temperate climate and need a full coat for 6 weeks max unless there is some meteorological anomaly.

Cuff: I got rose gold and it is gorgeous. I have 5.5 in wrists and was able to easily squeeze it shut. It is so gorgeous and you can not compare it to that tarnished cuff in a FFF box. And it carries along with the geometrical vibe of the box.

Facial Mask: Great since I do have combination skin. I can’t wait to use it! And the container is so pretty!

Lipstick: Great color. It is a nice neutral mauve and looks good for daily wear. I wear bolder color at night but this is my new go-to color for daily wear! I have aging lips and the color is great for my skintone!

Tribe Alive Valet Tray: What a beautiful tray! I can’t wait to use it!

Organizer: Gorgeous! I love rose gold anything. I’ve worn rose gold for decades beginning with Black Hillls Gold jewelry in the 1990s.

Supplements: I have taken collagen had run out and happy to get more!

Sunnies: I love aviators! And they are rose gold!

Clorox: I never heard of these and will use them for my mopping water and toilet bowl.

Sachet: Nice!

Phone Case: I do not need this so I gave it to my friend who loves it!

This box redeemed itself after the lackluster summer box.

I love the cohesion – all marbled and geometric.

I always need makeup remover wipes!

I can’t wait to see the winter box. I always prefer the fall and winter boxes over spring and summer! Summer had no cohesion at all but this one is so carefully curated!

If you are on the fence use the code and BUY IT!

amyr

I just my box today! I LOVE it all!

Scarf: Larger on me than Liz of course because I am way smaller at 5′ tall but it still looks great. The colors, the geometric print and the softness make this a huge win for me! It will be great to use to snuggle during colder months. I live in a temperate climate and need a full coat for 6 weeks max unless there is some meteorological anomaly.

Cuff: I got rose gold and it is gorgeous. I have 5.5 in wrists and was able to easily squeeze it shut. It is so gorgeous and you can not compare it to that tarnished cuff in a FFF box. And it carries along with the geometrical vibe of the box.

Facial Mask: Great since I do have combination skin. I can’t wait to use it! And the container is so pretty!

Lipstick: Great color. It is a nice neutral mauve and looks good for daily wear. I wear bolder color at night but this is my new go-to color for daily wear! I have aging lips and the color is great for my skintone!

Tribe Alive Valet Tray: What a beautiful tray! I can’t wait to use it!

Organizer: Gorgeous! I love rose gold anything. I’ve worn rose gold for decades beginning with Black Hillls Gold jewelry in the 1990s.

Supplements: I have taken collagen had run out and happy to get more!

Sunnies: I love aviators! And they are rose gold!

Clorox: I never heard of these and will use them for my mopping water and toilet bowl.

Sachet: Nice!

Phone Case: I do not need this so I gave it to my friend who loves it!

This box redeemed itself after the lackluster summer box.

I love the cohesion – all marbled and geometric.

I can’t wait to see the winter box. I always prefer the fall and winter boxes over spring and summer! Summer had no cohesion at all but this one is so carefully curated!

If you are on the fence use the code and BUY IT!

frecks0070

I’ve been subscribed to the must-have box for over five years but unsubscribed because the price and model-change of their membership is no longer worth it. For $50, the box was ok, it had a few good housewares items and sometimes a good hat or scarf, which kind of made up for the fact that the other items were things like mini bags of popcorn, chips, or samples of Ms. Meyer’s cleaning products (don’t get me wrong, I love Ms. Meyers, just don’t need to be paying $50 to get a mini-product of it). Now that the box is nearly $100, there is no way that it is worth it. The products are still cheap and not things that you would choose to buy individually, if at all. The Must Have price now the cost of the Rachel Zoe Box of Style, which is FAR superior. Would definitely not recommend the Must Have Box.

amyr

I disagree. RZ boxes have steadily gone downhill but I am not ruling out the winter box! Usually RZ winter boxes are the best.

I love this PS box!

Yb

Liz, thank you so much for sharing all of your fabulous spoilers and reviews. I ordered this box when you showed the first spoiler, and I have to say, this is the very first time I’ve ever kept and loved every single item in a box. I wasn’t sure about the lipstick, but I absolutely love it ! Thanks again for sharing such fantastically tempting information!

T.Marie

Wonderful review! I love how you note every positive aspect of each product. Things I wouldn’t notice, but make me appreciate the items more!

Katherine

I know they came out with that long letter when they switched over from monthly to quarterly, but does anyone know if they are going to do the limited editions, at least for the holiday season?

amyr

I think that there will be a Neiman Marcus Holiday box and this year I am getting one. I am still regretting not getting one last year!

Becca S

Last year’s was awesome! I regret it too

Heather

I ordered on Saturday. How long does it take for a new box to ship?

Juliane

Hi Liz… are the Tarte masks all the same? Mine isn’t white, it’s pink… any difference? Thanks!

T.Marie

I’m not certain but maybe it’s French Pink Clay? That would explain the difference in colors. If it is, it’s a very gentle clay. I’d prefer it, actually. (I make my own masks). However, I’m just guessing.

Jellybeancasserole

This is my first Popsugar box. Amazing!!
I know a lot of people were disappointed in the summer box, but I would have liked it (that CEO is one of my HG items). I purchased on the tail end of summer hoping to get that box but was signed up for fall so I was a little apprehensive. But this box is great! And it got here four days earlier than the expected delivery date, so yay! So well curated- I love all the marble & rose tones. I will gift the cuff and phone case thing, but this box is full of useful stuff. The leather tray is so unique. Tried the mask last night and it was awsome – and so much bigger than I was expecting! Can’t wait to see what they put together for winter.

LisaM

Got my box. The scarf smells interesting
😳 but the cohesion of the box just blows me away. Makes it look like FFF just threw in random items with no correlation.

Very pleased overall. 😆

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