It’s down to the wire for getting all your Christmas gifts bought and wrapped! I can’t believe Christmas is on this upcoming Sunday! I feel a little bit guilty for opening all my subscription boxes before Christmas while I’m making everyone else in my family wait to unwrap presents…
Up for review today is the POPSUGAR Must Have Neiman Marcus Special Edition Box. It’s a collaboration between POPSUGAR and Neiman Marcus, and has traditionally featured a mix of food, beauty, home, and fashion accessories. This was a one-time purchase for $250, promised to contain a value of over $700! I’ve only purchased one Neiman Marcus box before this, which was the 2013 box, the very first time they did a collaboration. It was one of my favorite boxes ever! And since I had a little extra money to blow this year (yay for holiday bonuses!) I figured I would treat myself.
Such a Neiman Marcus pattern! This box always does feel very luxe when unboxing due to the great box quality and lovely little details. Each item is individually wrapped with tissue paper, so you definitely get the experience of unwrapping several little packages.
Alice + Olivia Stace Face Zip Wallet | $198.00
This was one of the spoilers that POPSUGAR released, and I think it’s funny how polarizing it was. Everyone either seemed to love it or hate it! Oddly enough, I was sort of in between. I don’t love it and certainly wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but I do think it’s cute and feels very Kate-Spade-ish. I definitely plan to use it, and think it would be a nice statement purse with a little black dress! But it won’t be a staple in my wardrobe and won’t get used as often as some of my more classic pieces. I found it a little strange that this would be a chosen item for the box though, since I think it’s quite taste specific. I would expect a more neutral wallet for Neiman Marcus since I think that holds a wider appeal. It’s also concerning that this wallet can’t be found for sale anywhere–it could possibly be old or an exclusive for the box.
The interior is standard for a zip wallet of this size: plenty of card holders with a zippered section in the middle. Most of the wallet is leather, and the sunglasses and lips are patent leather. Definitely a well made piece!
Alexis Bittar Gold Crystal Studded Spur Lace Cuff | $195.00
This item was the first spoiled item in the box! Alexis Bittar makes great quality costume jewelry so I knew this would be a worthwhile item to have. The cuff is adjustable so it can work for almost any wrist size, and can be reshaped for a more snug or relaxed fit. I always get nervous with open cuffs like this so I prefer to wear them a little tighter.
It came in a box ready for gifting, though mine arrived a bit dented. I plan to keep this so it’s not a big deal, but it would be disappointing if I had intended to gift it. Wish they had added extra bubble wrap or something for the more fragile items!
So beautiful! I think it’s a great piece for me. I love dainty jewelry but also need more statement pieces, and has such lovely dainty elements while still being bold enough to work as a statement piece.
Close up of the stunning detail work! This is such a perfect cuff to wear for holiday parties. It feels so festive and sparkly!
Antica Farmacista Prosecco Scented Candle | $44.00
If you follow my blog you probably know I have a large collection of candles at this point, even though I continue to hoard them and love collecting interesting scents and pretty containers. So surprisingly, I’ve decided to gift this candle! It was so hard giving it up, but it made for a stunning hostess gift for a holiday party! This is the only item from the box that I did not open and thus will not be able to provide a lot of details about the candle itself. What I do know is that Antica Farmacista makes incredibly high quality products and this candle is sure to last a very long time and produce a lovely fragrance.
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Kaleidoscope in Lip L’Amour | $95.00
I remember in the first Neiman Marcus box there was also a Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope! It was a fascinating concept for the eye shadow–the colors are designed to layer on top of one another in the same order that they are stacked. For the lip palette, you sort of lose that cleverness. You obviously would not want to layer all these lip colors on top of each other. As for the colors themselves, they have a good range and the quality is top notch. Very highly pigmented and super smooth application.
However, I don’t really know how much I like this way of stacked lip palettes since it makes the whole thing a rather bulky thing to carry and I also have to carry an applicator/spatula too. I think the kaleidoscope concept really works best for eye shadow or other powder products. It comes in a little organza bag for gifting.
Nima Oberoi Lunares Wishbone Bookends | $129.00
Really surprised to see a Nima Oberoi product in this box! POPSUGAR has worked with them before but I never realized this was a brand that Neiman Marcus carries as well. I seriously adore these bookends! They are simply stunning and so very beautiful. Pictures honestly don’t do it justice. They remind me of Jonathan Adler’s design aesthetic and I can’t wait to find the perfect place to put these in my home! The minimalistic wishbone design is simple and chic, and just like all Nima Oberoi products the quality is superb.
It also came in a gift box that is ready for easy wrapping and gifting.
Studmuffin Desserts Bleeker Street Brittle | $30.00
Boo, my brittle came damaged! I was excited to try $30 brittle even though I don’t exactly like peanuts, but since it arrived open and damaged the brittle had become very stale. Luckily I was able to get a replacement sent to me, but it won’t arrive in time for Christmas.
The side of the can is a very thin plastic, so any pressure can crack it quite easily. Sort of a design flaw, even though the rest of the packaging is so thoughtful. They even include a little washer that you can use to lift the edge of the lid!
Can’t wait to get my replacement so I can taste test this!
Neiman Marcus Gift Card | $50.00
Last but certainly not least, a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus! Literally something that everyone can enjoy. It’s not branded with POPSUGAR on it anywhere, so it looks just like a gift card that you purchased direct from Neiman Marcus. What a wonderful surprise! There’s also plenty of stuff that can be purchased for $50 or less from Neiman, and since it’s a true gift card it can be combined with all sales. I was able to use it recently with a huge sale and got all my items for a total steal. Love the inclusion of a gift card so much! It does feel a little bit lazy on the curator’s part, but I absolutely loved it so I guess I really can’t complain. In a way it brings the cost of the box down to only $200.
The total value comes out to $741.00, which is amazing! Overall verdict on this box is mixed though. I think it was definitely worth the money, but didn’t wow me as much as previous boxes. I really loved the bookends and Alexis Bittar cuff, and I got a great candle to gift, but the lip kaleidoscope and brittle were misses. The $50 gift card really helped even things out since I started to think of my box as only being $200. For $200 it was an amazing deal! Would I buy it again? Absolutely. But some of the choices were questionable to me and I found it strange for the curator to pick some specific items (in particular the very bold wallet and lip kaleidoscope). I guess I was just expecting a different aesthetic than the ones that we received.
Nonetheless, I am very pleased with the contents. It was such a fun treat for myself and I think the variety of items was well balanced. There was 1 beauty item, 2 fashion accessories, 2 home items, 1 food item, and a gift card. If each regular POPSUGAR Must Have box followed this formula it would be an even more wonderful subscription! Hint hint, POPSUGAR editors 😉