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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Fall 2019 Review + Coupon

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanSep 3, 2019 | 174 comments

POPSUGAR Must Have
3.9 overall rating
530 Ratings | 71 Reviews

POPSUGAR Must Have is a lifestyle subscription box for women. Each season, members get beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and home items from top and up-and-coming brands that POPSUGAR editors have tried, tested, and loved. (It was voted one of the Best Subscription Boxes for Women by MSA readers, too!)

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: $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:

Now, on to the items!

The Cambridge Satchel Company Push Lock Purse – Retail Value $115

Your choice of Putty, Dapple or Stone

I chose the Stone color – a light gray since I don’t have anything similar in my closet. I love the convenience of the crossbody style – it’s pretty much the only type of purse I wear. And to get a leather purse from The Cambridge Satchel Company is amazing – they make such great quality items that last for years. It has a push-lock design with an open interior. It fits my phone, slim wallet and other essentials perfectly.

Tai Jewelry Adjustable Ring with Labradorite and Dark Blue Opaque Stone – Retail Value $65

Your choice of Gold or Silver

This gold plated ring is adjustable and I’ve found it very comfortable to wear and stack with other rings. I normally keep my rings pretty minimal, but this blue stone accent is a nice pop of color! (And I love that POPSUGAR let all subscribers pick the jewelry metal of their choice!)

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – Retail Value $34

Your choice of Pillow Talk or Walk of Shame

Charlotte Tilbury rarely makes appearances in subscription boxes, so this lipstick felt extra special to me. (The gold tube probably helped with that, too.) And this is one of the big reasons I love subscription boxes. I went with the Walk of Shame color – a shade I normally wouldn’t have picked out myself. And it turns out I love it! I can’t pull off most reds, but this one seems to be my red! The formula is amazing, too. Matte, without drying, and it glides on my lips and wears down evenly. (I’m wearing it in the last picture.)

One Love Organics Love+Charcoal Masque – Retail Value $49

This is one of my favorite natural skincare brands. Their formulas are ingredient-conscious, and everything smells so good! (This mask has an anise scent that I love.) This mask is designed to help draw out dirt, debris and impurities without stripping your skin of moisture. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then remove with a warm washcloth.

It left my skin feeling SO smooth and soft – with zero dryness. One thing to mention though, my skin was red for a bit after I removed it. It didn’t feel irritated and did go away, but if you have sensitive skin, I definitely recommend spot testing this first.

SOMA Brew Bottle – Retail Value $40

This double-walled bottle lets you both brew tea or coffee with the stainless steel filter. (It holds 12 ounces, and keeps liquids hot with the double wall.) To use with the filter, pour hot water over ground coffee or loose tea. Or for cold brew, scoop in coffee grounds, pour in water and place in the fridge overnight.

The bottle is BPA-free, borosilicate glass, and my favorite part? All parts are dishwasher safe! If you want everything in your life to be dishwasher safe like I do, then you probably know how hard it is to find an insulated bottle that isn’t hand wash only. This is a bit of game-changer for me. I’ll be using this daily!

Vahdam Teas Turmeric Tea Sampler – Retail Value $9.99

These are such fancy teas! I’m a big tea drinker, and I feel like I’m always seeing an article about the health benefits of Turmeric, so this is great for me. My favorite so far is the Turmeric Spiced – a blend of Turmeric, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Lemongrass, and Bergamot Extracts. (POPSUGAR also mentioned that these support the keto diet.)

FYI – all teas are caffeine-free.

Maddy & Maize Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Bean Latte Gourmet Popcorn – Retail Value $2.99

I love when POPSUGAR includes snacks in their boxes – we’ve discovered so many new favorite food items thanks to this box! This popcorn is vegan, gluten free, and non-GMO. (No artifical flavors or colors, either.) It’s sweet and surprisingly filling for a snack-sized bag. And I’m team pumpkin spice all the way, so I’m thrilled with this flavor!


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!)

Vanity Fair Beauty Back Bra Offer + Mirror (Offer expires 9/30/19)

The bras in the Beauty Back Bra section range from $40-$42, so with this offer you can get a bra for just $10! (If you’ve tried Vanity Fair bras before and have any recommendations, please let me know!)

Neocell Collagen Protein Peptides

Flavors included: Mandarin Orange, Pomegranate Acai, and Unflavored

I use unflavored collagen in my coffee and tea every day, so this bonus is very useful. I tried all the flavors, and while the Mandarin Orange and Pomegranate Acai were drinkable with just water, I think they’d be much better as an addition to a smoothie.

Verdict: This box has a retail value of about $315 not counting the special extras! I think that’s a great value for a $75 box! And I’m so impressed with the quality of every item in this box! Really good brands, and lots of pieces that I’ll use for years. And I love that this box feels so appropriate for fall but also isn’t the typical fall items you might expect.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today?  No, if you sign up today, your first box will be the winter box. POPSUGAR has been selling out of boxes earlier and earlier, so I recommend signing up soon if you want to make sure you get the winter box.

DEAL – If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code MSA20 to save $20 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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174 comments

Kaila Thompson

I was able to use my bra coupon today. 10/1/19 so if you still have it I’d use it asap.

Jean

I just got into the tea, largely because of your review. You’re right – the Turmeric Spice is great! Thanks for giving me the push I needed to try this.

Katiebelle

I unboxed my SOMA bottle and, yep, it came cracked. 😭 I was so excited for it, too. I emailed customer service and hopefully they’ll replace it. Such a disappointment.

Victoria

Liz, the promo code (MSA20) isn’t working, it says “please input a valid coupon.” Not sure what’s going on with that, but I’d like to sign up with it.

MSA

Hi Victoria!

This code should work on the Quarterly subscription but cannot be used on the Annual subscription. Hope that helps!

Victoria

Ah, that did the trick! Thank you! ❤️

cindy

Does anyone have a phone # for PSMH customer service? Got my box this weekend but it only had the purse, popcorn, and tea. Everything else was missing. I emailed them yesterday but couldn’t find a number to speak to an actual person. Has anybody else had a similar situation? How is their CS?

Nanci

They do not have a phone number for customers

Marisa

Customer Service usually takes two to three days to generate an email response. I have never gotten a live person. Good luck.

MG

I debated between the putty purse and stone purse; I chose the putty and wish I hadn’t – the color is gross! My ring is poor quality with a large black mark on the stone. I was surprisingly disappointed / underwhelmed. My Rachel Zoe box arrived the following day and was well more than twice as nice. I wish any one subscription box was consistently good – I feel as though as soon as I think I’ve found one I really like, the next installment is blah.

Tracy

I liked this box a lot! The ring is prettier in person. I do wish the purse was a bit bigger, but it’s well made. I got the stone color, and it’s a lovely color (glad I didn’t choose the putty!) The lipstick is luxuriously packaged; I got walk of shame. I love coffee and tea so the glass tumbler and the turmeric teas are knocks out of the park for me. I am not a fan of pumpkin spice or powdered drinks, so those will be given to someone else, but they’re so low value I don’t care. The mask will be up for swap as I am not a mask person.

Also–does anyone want the Vanity Fair coupon? They don’t sell bras in my size, so whoever responds first will get the code!

Mary Johnson

If code is still available, I would love it. Glad you liked your box. My first one will be the winter box unfortunately.

Tracy Meserve

It’s yours! Is there an e-mail I can send it to?

sweetb

The bag isnt really small for me, but the ring is huge for me. lol I had to cross those stones to make it fit to my index finger. It is still very pretty but loose.

I can share my vanity fair code with anyone who wants. My bra size is 30D and I dont think they carry my size. Too bad, but i dont want to waste it either.

Marisa VanHorn

I got the brown/sand one. It doesn’t look the picture but if you want to swap your grey let me know.

Pat

I haven’t seen anyone comment on the stone that is in the ring. On the website and in the description it says it will be a dark blue stone and that’s what they show. While I like the ring, my stone is definitely not a dark blue color, but actually looks like turquoise. I saw the photo that Liz posted and hers does not look dark blue either. However hers does not look turquoise like the one I got.

Jill

Is anyone else having a problem using their Vanity Fair code? Mine doesn’t seem to work.

amyr

The bag is tiny and I am very petite and I still find it too small. I look like I am carrying a child’s crossbody And I am 5 feet lb and weigh under 100 lb.

I love the ring and Charlotte Tillbury is my new favorite lipstick brand. I got Walk of Shame and it is simply gorgeous.

Love the ring.

I will not drink bovine collagen and I don’t drink tea or coffee.

I have to many masks as it is.

So all in all it was a letdown and I cancelled my subscription.

sweetb

I am also 5 ft and weigh around 90. I think the bag size is okay for me, but the ring is too big :(((

MJ

I just received my box today and I am SO in LOVE with everything! I got the bag in the putty color and I have no idea why some people are saying it’s not the same color as Liz’s photos. I even went and took a pic of it in natural light (outside) and compared it to the MSA pics and it’s definitely the same bag as Liz is modeling against her black blouse. Additionally, didn’t the people who are complaining about the size see the scale on here when it was literally being worn by Liz??? It is obviously not very big. However, it does fit my iPhone, card case, keys and lipstick which is all a girl really needs for a night on the town. It is also way better quality than the cheap “leather” purse I received from my Fall BOS that I will never use. Everything in this box was amazing – and I loved it all! Well done Popsugar!

Jean

I received mine today – putty bag, gold ring, Pillow talk lippie. Overall, I’m happy, especially since it was $55 with the coupon. My favorites are the ring (my stone is a pale turquose and I love that it’s more delicate than expected as I can’t wear super chunky rings) and the lipstick, which is a perfect pinky nude on me. The bag is a little stiff and cooler toned than I expected, but I will use it. It’s a tiny crossbody, for sure, like big enough for your keys, a card case, a lipstick and a compact, but I was expecting a small bag. I’ll use the cold brew bottle and charcoal mask. Not too thrilled with the tea but I’ll give it a whirl.

Cindy

Anyone doesn’t want their walk of shame lipstick let me know

Cindy.weitung at gmail

Cat

So, sadly, I am not receiving this box, after being able to customize. Kinda bummed, but hopeful the winter box doesn’t completely suck for me. And if it does, to the swaps I go!

Coco

I’m with the group that’s disappointed with this box.
– Stone purse, I love the color, but it’s ridiculously small. It will be the rare occasion that I’ll be able to use it, which stinks, because other than the size, it’s a very attractive bag.
– Love the ring (silver); I have small fingers, it fits perfectly, and is so pretty.
– The lipstick (Pillow Talk) is OK, but I thought it would have a little more pink/mauve tint to it. I’ll use it, but it’s basically the same color as my lips. (I can’t wear any shade of red, so Walk of Shame wasn’t an option for me). But at least I get to try an expensive Charlotte Tilbury lipstick.
– None of the other items are exciting at all to me. I’ll eventually use the brew bottle/teas and the mask, but they seem like dull choices. And it feels like there should be one or two more substantial items.
– Last Fall’s box was so much better, IMO.

Mk

I completely agree with you, I literally cannot fit my wallet nor my phone ( individually) inside this miniature bag. I love crossbody purses but the size of this is ridiculous…it is unusable for me, I also wish they had been more creative with the skincare product, I guess I will add this to my face mask collection I already have, happiness was definitely not delivered!

JMM

Do they ship via mule wagon? I got a shipping notice on 9/3 and it’s not scheduled to be here until 9/13. That’s for NY to WI.

Lily

Has anyone gotten their box with the Dapple colored bag yet?
I’m wondering what color it is- black, dark blue, dark gray?

Thanks in advance. 🙂

Lily

If you mean me, well, I’m over 60, regretfully, but wish I still fit into ” Oh she’s so young, she’s just a girl” category.. I asked for clarification because the answer given was not what I consider to be descriptive for someone looking at the actual bag.

The reason I asked if the description was from the photo is because if you read just this one thread, people are saying that the ” Putty” and ” Stone” bags are NOT the shades pictured on any site or when we ordered our choice of bags.

Since I had not seen the description of ” Dapple” as being true to photos or not, that’s why I asked about an owner’s bag color. There’ s a large difference to me between a dark gray bag and a black bag to me, but I am a person who’s had to be precise in observations and precise answers due to my career.

I’ll lighten up, and I’m sorry I ticked off at least 3 people without meaning to at all.

Peace and goodwill always,
Lily

Teppy

My box arrived yesterday — I chose dapple, and it’s a dark grey. It’s a cool-toned grey, but certainly not blue.

Lily

Treppy, thank you! I was hoping for a dark grey.

Kelly

Mine arrived yesterday, as well. It looks looks dark gray, almost black to me. Not as blue as the photos made it look. I love it, though! The whole box is fabulous. The ring is gorgeous, lipstick is beautiful, tea and popcorn are great treats and I love the mask and brew bottle, too. My favorite Popsugar box, yet. I will use the Vanity Fair coupon code, already picked out what I’ll use it on.

Jordan

Looks dark gray/a lighter black shade to me.

Lily

Are you looking at the bag or the photo of the bag? I can see the photo, LOL, but as the photos are not being reported as accurate on the PSMH site and earlier, photos posted here, I am asking about the actual color of the bag in hand. Not photo.

I guess I’ll wait until mine arrives on Thursday, and I’ll post the color of the bag if no one has theirs yet.

Barbara

I love my box. First when I opened it I wasn’t so sure but then when I started unpacking everything I really feel I got my money’s worth and then some. The purse I used today to run errands and go out with the family & I totally loved it. Roomy enough for my keys, wallet and Iphone and then some space left over. I love for some quirky reason that it’s handmade and from Great Britain. The ring I loved loved loved. The liptstick too and I have a birthday for a co-worker I was going to use it for and now I am not sure because the gold case and shade are lovely. The cold brew I was on the fence since my Keurig does cold brew which I use for my commute but then I”think” I can use it as for hot coffee too ? I was thinking I could use it in the office. The rest of the items are ok but I can find a use or re-gift. So far I think I will keep this box and look forward to the Winter box but for the full price I want to make sure I love the main item before renewing. So likely will cancel until I can be sure or if another coupon comes out for Winter.

Pepper

My box is still processing! Anyone else?

I did 1 add-on (hair clips) and joined at end of window waitlist.

I’m hoping it will ship this week. Why can’t they ship all within a few days? Just curious on the process – does not seem efficient.

Jane

When I check my account, it still says processing. Does anyone know if they really are still processing boxes? I emailed customer support, and was told they would check with the warehouse for status & I never heard back. This would be my second box & I customized weeks ago. Seems like I’m not going to get it….

Jane

Well , my fall box is still processing. It still hasn’t shipped. I can’t get any information
through their customer service, other than “be patient”. I’d like to know if this is
normal? Do they have a million customers
Like FFF, and it takes a long time?
Liz, do you know their normal processing time? I can’t tell if I’m just being impatient,
or if there’s a problem.

Emilia

I got my box. The bag and the ring go to my 13-year-old daughter, because I don’t wear crossbodies and this one is too small, anyway (it is lovely, though). Costume jewelry is not my style. The lipstick will be sold as I have enough of them in every shade I need. All the rest is so-so: both the bottle and the teas will be gifted as I don’t need a brew bottle on-the-go and I am not a fan of turmeric, ginger and black pepper. I will use the mask. Eventually. I don’t wear bras. I don’t believe consuming collagen does anything to your skin, hair or nails.

I agree that this box feels lighter and the sponsored items are boring and of no value to me personally.

Cindy

I would love the lipstick! What color and how much

Cindy.weitung at gmail

Melissa

Just got my box and they didn’t send me any of the choices I requested. The bag, ring, and lipstick are all different from what I requested.

Did this happen to anyone else? I wonder if they will help with this….I’ve heard their customer service isn’t super helpful but maybe that has changed?

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks :))

Tracy

I was so excited to get this box yesterday, but as I pulled it out of the mail locker, I heard sounds of powdered glass and shards, despite the fact that the package was in pristine condition.

Sure enough, my cold brew glass was shattered. The entire bottom third is gone, leaving razor sharp jagged edges.

I emailed customer service to request a replacement, but I haven’t heard back yet. Does anyone know if they will send replacements for items that arrive broken? I would have liked to have tried this brewer. I love my other items and hope I will get a chance to love the brew glass, too.

Beth L

Hey so Vanity Fair bra are 1919 right now and with code I got a bra for 10 and 8.99 for shipping. So code does work if you wanted to use code.
Loved my Popsugar box soooooooo much. It bring me back to must have boxes and yummy snacks. You rock my world Popsugar!

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