Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have 2013 Box Review

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Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box

OMG, my Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have box is FINALLY here!  I have been waiting for this moment since I ordered the box. I’m not even kidding.  This is probably the most anticipated box ever!

The Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box was a special one time purchase box (totally separate from their normal monthly Must Have boxes) and was $250.  Their Limited Edition boxes are usually $100, but shockingly, this one sold out in less than 12 hours.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
The Box

The outer box was nothing to write home about.  It came, via FedEx, in a huge plain brown box.  It was heavy as well, weighing in at nearly 17lbs.  My FedEx lady arrived later than normal today which only added to my anticipation.  I actually went out there and stood in the driveway staring down the street looking for her.  It did not help.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
The Inner Box

While the outer box was nothing special, the inner box with the PopSugar / Neiman Marcus branding on it was everything I expected this box to be.  It’s sturdy and will make for an awesome box for holiday wrapping. It felt like what I imagine a Hermes box would feel like.

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All Wrapped Up!

Everything in the box was individually wrapped and it just about killed me to know I was SO close to knowing what my color variations were!  Although I peeked stalked spoilers for this, there were variations in a few of the items do you don’t know exactly what you’ll get until you actually get it.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Box
The Information Card

Just like with all PopSugar boxes, this one came with a great information card. It was a fold out sheet on super fancy paper and included a little note about the box. Neiman Marcus and PopSugar collaborated to curate a “unique box of our favorite must-haves gifts”. The card when on to say that whether you are planning for a night in by the fire or a festive night on the town, you’ll find something in this box that’s perfect for your holiday. Here’s what was included:

~Chevron Patterned Knit Throw (Navy) ($195): When I first heard that PopSugar and Neiman Marcus were pairing up for a box I knew I wanted it.  And then when I saw the spoiler with the throw in it, I knew I NEEDED it! I got the Navy throw, which I am perfectly happy with. I’ve seen people receive navy, grey and orange/red so far and any of those options would have worked. The throw was much thicker and bigger than I expected. It’s sweater like and I need it to get freezing cold again so I can use it.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Box
Chevron-Pattern Knit Throw

~Jonathan Adler Carnaby Zebra Stacking dish (Green) ($32): For some reason when I see the word dish I think kitchen and couldn’t figure out what I would serve on this?  And then it came and I realized that’s not a serving dish at all.  It’s to put on your nightstand, bathroom counter, etc.  Mine is going next to my nightstand and I am hoping to trade for another one to put on B’s side so we have a matching set.  I love this!!

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Box
Jonathan Alder Carnaby Zebra Stacking Dish

~Slim & Sage Dinner Plates (Navy) ($99):  PopSugar is much more daring than I would be because the thought of sending plates to a bunch of people makes me quite nervous! Happily mine arrived safely and I think they are beautiful. I had my eye on the red plates (the variations were navy and red), but a friend of mine got the red and wanted the navy so I think we’ll trade. What I’d really like to do is swap two plates so I’d have two red and two navy. I don’t know if she’d be into that though. Melissa???

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Box
Slim & Sgae Dinner Plates

~Le Métier de Beauté Limited Edition Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (Pretty in Punk) ($95):  This exact kit isn’t available online (yet?), so I feel pretty fancy to be one of the first to get it.  I  have been reading up on how to use this and feel like maybe I need to head over to NM and get a lesson so I can make sure I get the full effects of it.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
Le Métier de Beauté Limited Edition Kaleidoscope Eye Kit (Pretty in Punk)

~Nest Fragrances Scented candle (Birchwood Pine Classic) ($34):  I love the Nest line and  this scent, while strong is perfect for the holidays.  I do love me some B&BW candles, but they don’t burn as cleanly as like the Nest ones do.  And if I have too many burning (yeah, I sometimes light more than one at a time), I get a headache.  Never happens with these.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine Luxury Scented Candle

~shy by sydney evan love necklace ($125):  This is the only item in the box I am kind of meh on.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s gorgeous, but it’s not really my style.  I am probably going to try and trade it for another Nest candle for my mom and maybe a zebra plate or something like that.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
Shy by Sydney Evan Love Necklace

~Neiman Marcus Twist White Fudge Covered Corn Snacks ($19): While I am trying to eat better (I am always trying this), if you send me snacks like this, they will get eaten.  Everyone (well all my boys and I) tried them and agreed they are amazing. They are like white fudge covered bugles. I would never have bought these on my own, but now that I have tried them I feel like they would make a great hostess gift.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
Neiman Marcus “Twist” White Fudge-Covered Corn Snacks

~Oribe Dry Texturing Spray ($39):  I sprayed this in my hair right away and I like it so far.  My hair is straight and flat, so any boost, texture, anything I can do is welcome.

Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have Box
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

All totaled I came up with a value of about $638 for the box which is far beyond the $250 cost of this box. While this box was a big gamble I am so so so glad I went for it. And if they ever happen to do this again, I’m all in.

Did you order the Neiman Marcus PopSugar Must Have box? What’d you think? And what variations did you get? This box is long sold out, but if you are interested in ordering the monthly PopSugar Must Have box, click here. You can use the code “HOLIDAYGWP” (expires on 11/22) to get a free Bauble Bar necklace in your December box or “REFER5” to save $5 off your first box.

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This Post Has 50 Comments

  1. Melissa Bean

    I was *almost* as excited to see what you got as you were!

    I’m good with two blue & two red!!!

    I’m also up for trading the zebra & candle but my zebra is turquoise…

    Email me 🙂

    1. Melissa Bean

      I am a dork 🙂 Just double checked & my zebra is navy. It’s the zebra in the information card.

      1. Jennifer


    2. Jennifer

      I am so excited about our trade, you have no idea!

      1. Melissa Bean

        Me too!! 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      Ohhh, good call!!

  2. Laurah

    Oribe tip: spray it in your hair and don’ touch it (with hands or brush) for at least 15 minutes. It will work better the longer you can leave it alone!

    1. Jennifer

      Ohh, this is a good tip! Than you!

  3. Alicia

    This box is pure amazing!

    1. Jennifer

      I thought so!

  4. Leana

    Love my box! Got the navy plates and throw and light blue zebra plate.

    1. Jennifer

      Yay!!!!! I thought it was even better in person!

  5. Bethany

    Pretty much going crazy with envy! Amazing!!

    1. Jennifer

      I love it.

  6. Kestelle

    How soft is the throw? Any worries about piling or stains? Will you use or keep more for decoration? Very nice box!

    1. Jennifer

      It’s not like cashmere soft, but it’s soft. I’m not worried about pilling and if it gets something on it, I’ll just wash it. I am planning on using it!

  7. Kristina D Moya

    I love the eyeshadow so much and my blanket and zebra dish were the light blue color. Very happy I got it!

    1. Jennifer

      Ohh, I haven’t heard of anyone getting a light blue throw yet. So pretty!

  8. Jenny

    This box has me so torn. I did not get it and I love about half of the items. I love the throw, the zebra dish and the candles but the other items are just meh. I can’t believe they shipped plates. That is crazy. Have you heard of many people getting broken ones? I would be so scared of that.

    1. Jennifer

      I know. Isn’t that crazy! I think one person mentioned they had a problem with their plates?? But I am amazed it wasn’t more.

  9. Leanne

    Love your variations – can’t wait to see mine when I get home!!! 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I can’t wait either!!!

  10. lisa D

    Glad you got your box. I would have liked the plates and the throw…everything else I could live without and they would have been gifts to others.

    1. Jennifer

      That’s good then! What color throw did you want?

  11. Sheena W.

    I got the green throw, navy stacking dish & red plates (love them) but my box came without the texturizing spray 🙁 ! I emailed them immediately bc im pretty sure everyone else received everything on their information card, right?

    1. Jennifer

      Ohh, I love your variations! They will totally replace that spray! They are really good about that kind of stuff.

  12. Katy Quick

    I love my box too! I got the same color variations as you. I agree about the necklace, too small to wear or regift to anyone, I don’t understand the super short chain.

    1. Jennifer

      My neck is too chunky for that chain!

  13. Lauren

    I got the navy throw, blue plates, and a yellow zebra. I like the necklace a lot but it’s so tight on my neck that it’s practically like a rubber band. So I double wrapped it around my wrist and it looks very pretty. 🙂 I really enjoyed this box and it came just in time for my birthday.

    1. Jennifer

      That made me laugh. I like the wrist idea a lot!

  14. Jamie

    I got the red plates, but I really want the blue plates. Do you know of any fb groups or anything where people trade?

  15. Brian H

    What do you do with a $200 throw? It’s too expensive to actually use.

    1. Jennifer

      You use it and let your dogs sleep on it.

  16. Hilary Burdit

    I loved my box too! So happy I was able to get one… I got the light gray and white throw and I am obsessed with it, the colors work perfectly for my couch and living room. My zebra plate was light blue and I got the blue plates as well. I love the plates soo much! I am so happy, I don’t think I would change the color on any item if I could!

    I was super unsure about the necklace too, definitely not my style, I typically don’t like jewelry with words esp. ones like love or something along those lines but once I tried it on I have come full circle and love it! My neck is pretty small so it works, I like how tiny and delicate it is because the word love is so subtle know and you cant really read it unless you are up close to me, also was thrown off by the length of the chain but I really like it now because it’s different, I don’t have anything like it and it looks great layered with a longer necklace. So all in all I’m very happy!

    I really do like the navy throw though, it looks so nice! I think that would have been my other choice for that item!

    1. Jennifer

      I was excited after seeing the spoilers, but I think getting it in person was even better. Everything is just so fancy and nice!

  17. Alex

    I love all of it! I got every variation I wanted except my throw is red/orange and I was dying for the grey and cream but I love the quality…the Oribe spray is amazing. My box was missing the la metier set, so I emailed them and hopefully I will be getting a replacement.

    1. Jennifer

      Oh, they will totally replace that! You got a fabulous throw color!!

  18. Alison

    The chevron throw is beautiful but I’d be way to scared to use it! Knowing me it’d be like 3 years before I’d take it out. I like the navy. The zebra dish is so amazing – I love it to put like jewelery and stuff. I LOVE the navy plate – I actually would have loved if everything in the box was navy. That candle seems super fancy. The necklace isn’t my style either but it’s really cute as like a gift… or maybe I could make it work.

    1. Jennifer

      I have my rings and stuff in my zebra already!

  19. Cara

    I LOVED my box, too. Navy/Blue in everything for me. B and BW candles give me a headache, too, but they always have my favorite scents (peppermint twist is my go-to holiday fragrance) I have started burning the smaller candles instead of the three-wick, and it definitely helps. This Nest candle is to die for, though.

    1. Jennifer

      Maybe I should do that! Or just not burn like 4 at a time.

  20. Brandy

    Those chocolate corn snacks are super good! Who knew you could cover a Bugle in white chocolate!?! I might have to try to make some myself after my NM snacks are gone.

    Also, did anyone have any trouble with the plates? I got the red set. Three of four of my plates had this weird bubbling all over the surface in the glaze. One of them had the bubbling and a raised piece of black gunk (that’s under the glaze, so you can’t get it off) – stands out like a sore thumb. So, three of four plates look really bad. I feel that over time, that bubbling will start to peel and my plates will be trash.

    I emailed Popsugar about this and here’s their response: “Thanks for reaching out and we apologize that you received a damaged set of Slim & Sage plates! We’re currently looking into a resolution for this issue and will let you know as soon as one is reached. We hope you’re you’re enjoying the rest of your Neiman Marcus box!”

    Makes me wonder if this is a widespread problem with the plates?

    1. Jennifer

      I only noticed a little bubble on one of mine. I hope they can replace them for you!

  21. anna

    I first saw the chevron throw here on your blog and loved it so much that I ended up just buying it on eBay for under half the regular price. Mine is navy and white, too. Usually I’m not all that into chevrons, but I love how it looks kind of like a zebra with a twist on the colors 🙂 Hope I love it when it gets here!

    1. Jennifer

      I can’t wait to hear what you think!!!

  22. Kestelle

    I am finding many of the pictures of reviews used for items to be sold on eBay. I find it funny when I recognize your kitchen counters on eBay. Haha

    1. Jennifer

      LOL!!!!! I see my counters on Pinterest a lot too. I don’t know why people don’t just take their own pictures??

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