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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Fall 2019 Review + Coupon

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? 


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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 (174)

  1. I will sell my box if someone wants it. I got stone, silver and walk of shame. Cheers
    Jennamw4 at gmail

    • I would be interested in buying is it still available?

  2. I have mixed feelings about this box. I was initially super excited with the first three spoilers then the rest were meh…ok though, I figured I’d gift the bottle, teas, and popcorn. I got the box earlier than expected today (cool) but it looked smaller than normal…ok…the purse was a little bit of a letdown. I’m usually not a stickler about this stuff but the stitching didn’t look so great and almost looked glued at the ends…it’s still nice but a little disappointing…the bottle is nicer than I expected and I might want to keep it for myself so that’s cool, some of the tea looks good so I might keep some flavors, the collagen flavors I’m not sure about but will probably try…The ring is hands down my favorite item. I wasn’t sure about it in the pictures but I LOVE it! The lipstick…I looked at the ingredients and can’t use due to an allergy…so bummed…and the mask was smaller than expected with a smell that’s a little offputting. I did order the bra with the coupon so I’m hoping that helps to make up for some of the other things.

    • Same on the ring. Thought it looked naff in the pics but it looks pretty darn amazing on my finger right now as i type this 🙂

      • I really wanted to love the ring but it is so stupid tiny.
        I adjusted it to fit my large fingers and the stones just disappear. It looks like two weird piercings instead of one pretty ring. So bummed 🙁

      • I’m so sorry! That is a total bummer! I hope some of the other items still work out for you. I was suuuuuper bummed about the lipstick and oddly about the popcorn too lol it sucks to be really excited about something and then not be able to use it. Hugs!

      • If you want to sell your lipstick I’m your girl!

        Cindy.weitung at gmail

      • Hey I’d maybe buy the ring from you!

  3. I feel like if they are going to send coupons in boxes they should be valid for at least 60 days. My box won’t be here until at least the 12th.

  4. I am not impressed with the rest of the box. I wish they would stop sending tea! I don’t drink coffee either but my husband does so he gets that. If I drink coffee, I throw up. I love the small of coffee though.

    PS has some type of tea fetish. I do not ever drink hot beverages. I just don’t care for them and coffee and tea both make me throw up immediately/

    I may use the collagen but if it is not vegan I won’t use it esp if it marine collagen.

    I don’t have an opinion on the mask. I am sure it is very good but I am on mask overload.

    I am still happy I bought the box. The bag, ring, and lipstick are great!

    I am getting dapple. silver ring and walk of shame. I am dying to try out a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick.

    My box is coming soon and I can’t wait!

    • Do all teas upset your stomach? I have a hard time with black teas, but love herbal tisanes, especially ones with ginger and turmeric. The Turmeric Spiced one in this sampler is AMAZING! I made a pot last night and had a couple of cups to soothe my tummy. The rest I drank iced today.
      Throwing the idea out there.

  5. Yay! I just cleared the waitlist for the fall box!
    Amazing!! I’m new to PSMH , hope it’s a good choice for me. I just canceled FabFitFun subscription- really done with the cheap quality of their boxes

    • FFF has lost me My subscription is up next summer and I will not review. Their quality it awful!

      The boxes have really gone downhill.

    • Yup, F3 is awful. Winter 2019 will be the final box in my annual subscription, and I have zero interest in renewing. Their customer service is appalling, shipping is glacial, and I haven’t been impressed with the product selection or quality. I was glad to see MSA finally put a (very softly worded) warning about F3 on their reviews/spoilers/etc.

  6. Mine hasn’t shipped yet “processing”… 🙁 but I did order it for myself as an early October B Day present for the purse and ring. So ok to waist.

    I wasn’t going to read spoilers, but couldn’t help myself. Getting the tea and pour-over is a bonus. I wasn’t expecting more! I’ve been experimenting with loose leaf good $$ teas lately so I’m thrilled. I love turmeric tea!

  7. I’m kinda bummed…my boxed arrived the other day and the STONE colored bag DOES NOT look like the one pictured…..The pic above looks like it is “Off-white w/ a gray hue”. The bag I received has a color sort of …well…”dull Putty gray??”. I actually like the color gray…this color is just very drab. I am now thinking if I should keep it or swap/gift it. 🙁

    Oh well…the ring is pretty.

    • I got my box today and I’m feeling kinda let down. I paid $80 and was excited for the purse. When I opened it it is the tiniest thing, like a little girls purse. It won’t even fit my wallet. The ring and lipstick are nice, but would I pay $80 for costume jewelry ring and a lipstick? Probably not. I’ll try the brewer cup, it’s glass so drop it once and it’s gone, but hoping I have luck with it. Donating, swapping, everything else. Ho hum. Was excited til I got the box in person 🙁

      • I’ll swap bags – I got the putty/sand color!

      • If you want to sell your ring let me know!

        Cindy.weitung at gmail

    • I got my box, and am overall happy, however, the bag looks nothing like the photos. I wish I could add a photo here. The putty bag looks almost grey in person. Not at all like the photo in the booklet. Anyone else?

      • Yep…the color is definitely a solid gray color…nothing like the pics. I never would have expected such a dark hue (based on the spoilers). I wonder if the dapple or stone looks like the images.

      • My Putty bag also looks nothing like what was shown in the photos when indicating your choice of colors. I thought Putty (in every photo I saw on this and the Popsugar website) looked like a British tan or honey/caramel shade. What I received looks totally different…like a muddy pale gray/tan ? I still like it though and overall the entire box is a win for me. However, I would hope they not put so many drink/food items in the same box going forth. The teas, popcorn, nutritional supplements, etc. are all nice….but maybe just two and not all three in one box. Love that ring!

    • Gah! The color is called “Putty”! I was going by the pictures and not the name. Oh well.

  8. Thanks for the review. My first PSMH box has shipped and is on the move. I was going to be totally surprised. So, of course I couldn’t have that! 🤣 I’m so excited to get it next week. The tea brewing thing looks like it’s going to fit in perfectly.

  9. My box has been shipped. I can’t wait to get it. I love this box.

  10. I am probably one of the few that planned to use the Vanity Fair coupon code despite having to pay shipping or ordering at least $50 of products as I need bras. However, my box arrived today and there is no card attached to the tiny mirror. It had a blob of glue on the back and that was it. Searched entire box, not there. If anyone who has recieved their box doesn’t plan to use their code, please let me know. Will contact PS customer service, but could take a couple of days to hear back.

    • Check inside the collagen packs.

      • Yup, it was in the collagen packs. Thank you!

  11. Mine comes this week and I am so excited! The purse and bottle make this box for me and I know I will use the tea, ring, and mask. I do not own an insulated bottle that can go in the dishwasher and that is the dream!

    • Does everyone get the bottle?

      • Yes

      • Yay! 🙏

  12. Excellent box! I will use everything.

  13. I’m going to be the voice of dissent here. I subscribed based on the first 3 spoilers, which I’m happy with – but that’s where it ends. The kettle corn seems like filler, the bottle isn’t exciting and I never use charcoal masks. Even the special extras are worse than previous seasons. I know others love this box and this is just my opinion, but it just didn’t cut if for me unfortunately 🙁

    • I agree. I signed up based on the purse and lipstick. The ring is just ehhh to me. I was really hoping for two more things that I’d be excited about. Tea and a charcoal mask don’t cut it. Unfortunately, the most “exciting” thing from the rest of the spoilers is a discount on a new bra. This sub box will just be the one and done for me. Too pricey to maintain regularly.

    • I agree, I feel like the tea and especially the popcorn are also “special extra” type items that cheapen the box even if they are great items for what they are.

      I am excited for the purse, the lipstick one can never have too many, and the tea bottle I actually needed one so it is great for me but not ~exciting~. The ring is meh but I knew that when I ordered

      I’m still happy to have gotten the box for the price I paid for it, I really bought myself a purse and hoped for exciting extras, and I’m not disappointed, I’m just not thrilled either.

    • same. The extras are especially disappointing to me. lol The cup looks good but there have been a lot of coffee items in other boxes lately. I don’t drink coffee but I’m trying to get into drinking tea so I might try it. I think it’s a pretty solid box overall, but maybe just not as great to those of us who have multiple boxes or have been subscribed for a while already.

    • Yuuuuup. I mean, I’m OK with the bottle because I do drink coffee and tea. At the same time I like to think in terms of what I would pay if I went to a store rather than retail value. For me, I wouldn’t pay $100+ for a purse. I’d say I max out at $20 because you can always buy secondhand items. All told, I would MAYBE spend $75 out of pocket, probably less because I simply wouldn’t buy certain things (like a mask, since I have them coming out of my ears). I’m glad I got to use a coupon, but certainly won’t be feeling FOMO after this. I only pulled the trigger because I liked the first 3 spoilers…I didn’t think the rest of the box would be so meh, but here we are.

    • I agree. A couple boxes back they had more useful extras, like a lavender drawer sachet, laundry detergent and full size roller ball perfume. All three in one box. This box seemed light all around.

  14. Cat, how were you able to customize? My site says time to customize but when I hit the button it goes nowhere. Would love your how to on that.

    • The window for customization closed some time ago.

    • Customization closed on Aug 22 I think.

    • Honestly, I have no idea, and it’s probably a good indicator that I’m not getting the fall box – glitch in the system is my guess.

  15. My box just shipped. Im so excited for everything !!! I got this box for 55$ but I would gladly pay $80. I am for sure keeping this subscription for a while.

  16. Whoops sorry for the double post. The longer one didn’t post at first so I thought it was too long. Sorry.

  17. Full disclosure I got this box for free so I really don’t have an investment in it so to speak. That being said I absolutely love it! Well done! I picked silver ring,Walk of Shame lipstick and putty color purse.

  18. Full disclosure I got this box for free so I really don’t have any loss either way. That being said I absolutely loved this box. I picked the silver ring and I don’t really wear any jewelry other than my wedding ring but this one is really cute for an occasional look. I am a tea and coffee drinker so I like the tea and bottle. I already have Pillow Talk so I picked Walk if Shame. I like Charlotte’s line but I don’t think it’s worth the high price tag tbh. Also the colors are not long lasting and I hate reapplying so this lipstick like Pillow Talk won’t get used much. The purse is really nice. Definitely not super luxury but definitely gets the job done. I usually carry huge totes but this is a good alternative to a clutch. Well done!

  19. I chose that brew bottle as one of my Bespoke Post boxes and while it was a good deal, I’m definitely wishing I got this box too.

  20. This is a really good fall. Nice to see so many happy with it. I missed out, but I’m OK with that. I might see if I can trade for the brew bottle. That’s pretty cool and I’m ALL about the cold brew.

  21. I am personally quite pleased! I paid $55 for this box and the 1st three spoilers far exceeded what I paid value wise. And thankfully I’m a BIG hot tea drinker AND love iced coffees too! So this issa huge win for me! I see me using absolutely everything EXCEPT the collagen. Never been interested in those products personally. But everything else is just awesome! My box has been shipped and should be arriving by Monday and I can’t wait to receive it! A very nicely curated Fall box IMO. 😍

  22. Liz, how many cups of tea can one brew from each sampler packet? Thanks in advance!

    • Assuming 1 teaspoon per cup, I think you should be able to brew 5 cups per packet. Hope that helps!

      • It does, and thank you!

  23. Not gonna lie, I am so jealous of those who scored this box.

  24. Wow! This will be my favorite box I’ve ever received

  25. What an amazingly curated Fall box! I do cannot wait to get mine. I will be running errands in style with my smooth skin, wearing my cute purse & ring sporting a gorgeous shade of Charlotte lipstick while drinking a nice hot cup of Fall tea. Aces!

  26. Eh…not FOMO. Haven’t wanted a box since they went quarterly. Don’t drink tea, just got the same brewer from Bombay & Cedar, don’t need another lipstick or mask, the ring won’t fit, the VF makes nothing in my size… I like the bag but not enough to buy the whole box.

    Meanwhile, all those bras are on sale for $19 right now. Maybe they’re discontinuing them?

    • Shipping for the bra is $9 FYI

      • VF order of $50 + gets free shipping. Discount is off 1st bra at full price, so $40 bra is $10 plus shipping. Amounts to a $9.19 discount for a bra. Additional items are at sale prices.

      • Forget that then! Just a way to spend money I wasn’t planning on

  27. I forgot that I had subscribed to this box and received it today. I’m really pleasantly surprised – the purse I had from the last time it was in a box (last year or the year before). Since I didn’t customize it, I received the grey. Very pretty. The ring has a nice weight and looks really pretty.

    I loved the rest of it too although I didn’t see the mirror/bra offer so I’ll check the box again.

  28. Are we going to receive them in time to use the coupon!? 🤷‍♀️

  29. Mine is supposed to arrive this week 😊 I have to admit, it’s a great box and I can’t wait!!!

  30. Hey Liz! Thanks for an awesome review so early too! 🙂

    Is it possible to do pics of the phone and goodies that DO fit in the purse? You;ve done it in the past and it is always super helpful. I’m thinking of swapping for the bag and have an iphone 6S+ so it’s always an issue finding a small bag that it fits in. The last cambridge satchel was about an inch and half too small. 🙁 lol


  31. not getting this box, because I had two walk of shame. Instead, I am having box of style. Very similar curation, a bag, a lipstick, and jewellery, a skin care. 20 dollars more for BOS, but I am not regretting.

    Hope the winter box of PSMH have something I really want!

  32. I love One Love Organics so sorry I missed that but no FOMO that I cancelled. Hope you all enjoy though.

  33. I’ve been getting these for a few years now. This one was a let down. The items are OK, but I wouldn’t have paid 80 for all of this on sale. The box is overpriced for what we get, reminds me of the monthly, not the limited.

    • Jen,
      I missed out in this box but would love to get the bag and a few of the other items, maybe we can work something out.

  34. I will be swapping the mask…. I have very sensitive roseacea skin now but I love everything else!

  35. Cannot wait for my box! I got the dapple color and now I want the stone one too. Great review Liz! Walk of Shame looks great on you!

    • Thanks!! Hope you love the box as much as I do once you have it in your hands! 🙂 The Dapple color is gorgeous, too!

  36. Such an amazing deal!! I love it all (except the tea, but I save all the lovely things I won’t use to make family and friends Christmas gift baskets).

  37. Wow I was not expecting to see a PS review today! I signed up when the spoilers were announced and I’m so excited. Pretty stoked on the bottle for brewing coffee/cold brew!

  38. Simply spectacular box. The only thing I may gift or swap is the ring, but even that is pretty!

  39. I like the purse and ring. I was hoping for something else I would use in the box. The vanity fair coupon would be nice if I receive it in time to use it.

  40. WOW ~ nicely done PS!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  41. I am really excited for this one. I will be stalking my mail carrier again.

  42. If that brew bottle were like, $10-15 cheaper I might grab it retail. Imma sign up on their site and wait for a sale or something.

  43. Can’t wait to get my box! I’m so excited now!

    • Yay!!!

    • I’m loving this box! Wish the freebies were better but I’m super excited for the beautiful ring & purse. Turmeric is a supplement I have been using so it will be cool to try the tea and I will definitely use the lipstick and the bottle. Overall a great box. I considered getting Box of Style, but I hate clunky large good jewelry so that necklace is a total fail for me!

  44. I like 😍

  45. So long as the ring can be adjusted to fit my big fingers, I’ll use everything in this box! I’m most excited for the first three spoilers, but the tea and brew bottle definitely add value for me.

    • You can always wear it as a midi ring! Halfway up your finger, I do that with the fff pearl ring from a while back. I wear a size 10 ring , I think, big fingers!

      • Great suggestion, Anne. Thank you!

  46. Nothing too exciting after the first spoilers, but I love One Love Organics and I’ll use that coffee bottle. Good value for $55 with the coupon.

  47. I would love to swap for the brew bottle and/or vanity fair offer. You can click my name for my swap link.

    Wonderful box!

    • I’d love to swap my bottle for your GLO moisturizer! I’ll even throw in the bra coupon.

  48. Do you know when this box starts shipping?

    • It starts shipping this week. I believe some subscribers have already received tracking and more should be receiving tracking info soon. Hope that helps!

      • I just got my tracking. My box should arrive Thursday.

  49. I feel like there’s one more good item missing: I subscribed based on the first 3 spoilers, so that’s where my fascination ends. I have zero use for the bottle. Eatable items are just that – eatable. Mask is just OK, I would have preferred a serum. All in all – a good box. I am still happy.

  50. Oh man. That brew bottle is awesome! I really hope I get this (it’s still letting me edit my choices, and says my first box is the winter one at the same time.)

    • Same here!!! Are we getting fall or not?! The suspense is killing me lol.

    • Are you able to pick fall customization even though you are on the waiting list?

      • I was able to customize. But it’s got no shipping history, and my first prepaid box is winter. Idk. 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

      • Same! When I signed up it said fall was sold out and my first box would be winter. It also will let me customize the fall items so I am super confused as to what I will be receiving! I sent them an email – hoping to hear back soon!

      • Same exact situation, this is the response
        I received back from customer care…

        Thanks for reaching out. There may be a chance you receive the Fall box, please keep an eye on your email to know for sure. We hope you enjoy it if you do end up getting one.


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