The 2015 PopSugar Must Have Neiman Marcus Holiday Box retailed for $250. This yearly box was curated by Neiman Marcus for PopSugar. The items in the box can all be found at Neiman Marcus, so you can be sure when you buy this box that you are in for a luxurious treat.
Here's what was inside this year's Neiman Marcus box:
- Vosges Haut-Chocolat Organic Peanut Butter Bonbons (one 9-piece box, worth $24)
- Super by Retrosuperfuture Basic Rectangle Sunglasses (one pair, $159)
- Kevyn Aucoin The Look Book Essential Glamour Palette (one palette, $45)
- Eddie Borgo Small Chain Tassel Pendant Necklace (one necklace, $125)
- Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquer Set (set of three nail polishes, $56)
- Mela Artisans Fantasy in Grey Decorative Tray (one tray, $130)
- Rablabs Cele Clock (one clock, worth $120)
The 2015 box was worth $659! The packaging was beautiful. Everything came in a huge, sturdy black box (shown above) and each individual item was carefully wrapped in black tissue paper. It felt like Christmas as I unwrapped each item! I think this was the best unboxing experience I've ever had.
First up were the Vosges Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Bonbons! The peanut butter was infused with pink Himalayan sea salt and the chocolate had a sprinkling of Maldon salt on top. You might worry that it would be too salty, but I didn't find that to be the case at all. The salt really enhanced the peanut butter and chocolate flavors. The bonbons were very decadent, so eating one at a time was enough. According to the Vosges website, this was their first organic product.
I've never been much of a sunglasses wearer, but I've been meaning to get a pair because I want to prevent wrinkles around my eyes. I was very happy to get these in my box. They look very simple in the photo, but they have some weight to them and seem to be of great quality. I, personally, wouldn't pay $159 for them, but I have no complaints about getting them in my Neiman Marcus PopSugar box! They were a great size and shape for my face and were comfortable to wear.
Kevyn Aucoin's Look Book palette contains four eyeshadows, two blushes, and two lip colors. On the first two pages of the "book" are instructions on using the palette to create daytime and dramatic looks. It's a good, basic palette, perfect for when you need to pack light for a trip or want to throw makeup in your purse to change from a daytime to evening look later. The makeup is of great quality and has a lot of pigment. The lip colors aren't my favorite, but they aren't horrible. I didn't find I had any real trouble with fall out on the eyeshadow. I would never buy this for myself, but it's nice to have.
I wasn't sure what I thought of this necklace when I first saw it as a spoiler for this box. It looked like it had a really dull finish to it. Fortunately, it actually has a very bright, shiny finish to it. The necklace is silver-plated and classy looking. Tassel necklaces have never been my thing, but I liked this much more than I expected. The end of the tassel falls right at the top of my cleavage, which I thought was the perfect length. I love my cleavage and enjoy showing it off, so, although I was happy with this length, others might not be. It has a box clasp, so the length is not adjustable. I've gotten tons of compliments on this necklace.
I've seen Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Sephora and I assumed it was good quality polish. I was excited to finally have a chance to try it out! The polish on the left is pale pink with some shimmer, the middle polish is a deep wine cream, and the polish on the right is a glittery top coat. I found the two polishes to be streaky and it took a few coats to get them looking good. The wine color ended up being very deep, almost black. It's a gorgeous color once you get enough coats on to reach opacity. I wasn't a fan of the pale pink, but Emily liked it. The top coat was okay, but if you want a lot of glitter, you'll have to use a few coats of that, too. The top coat would go well with the pale pink, but I don't feel like it goes with the wine. I thought this was a strange combination of polishes. I will probably use only the wine. Also, I should note that the $56 price listed above comes from adding the prices of individual bottles together. The only three packs I could find contained small bottles, not full size bottles. Regular Deborah Lippmann nail polish retails for $18, while her glitter polish sells for $20.
This is a beautiful tray! The Mela Artisan tray was handmade in India. It is made from water buffalo bone. I know that will bother some people, but I felt better about it knowing that the artisans use bone from meat processing, so the animals are not killed just to make trays. If the animals will be killed for meat anyway, I would rather all parts of them be used out of respect for the animal. The bone is cut and dyed to make the tiles. Every tile looks a little bit different, which adds a lot of interest to this tray. It is 15.5" x 11.5", so it is big. We've put it on our coffee table to hold odds and ends and it is perfect for that. We've gotten a lot of compliments on it and it's been a conversation starter. That said, while I appreciate the beauty of this tray, I thought including this was a bad choice on PopSugar's part. This is something that many vegetarians and vegans would not be comfortable having in their home. At $130, this was a substantial part of the value of the box, and someone who could not use this because of their personal code of ethics would be rightfully upset. Of course, one could argue that this is okay because PopSugar has never claimed to be a vegan or vegetarian box. The chocolates in the box are not vegan, after all. While I suspect many vegans would not subscribe to a box that wasn't explicitly vegan, many vegetarians might because beauty and lifestyle boxes generally do not contain products made from meat or bone. I'm a little torn on this. What do you think? If an animal were killed just to make this tray, I would be unequivocally against a subscription box including this item. Given, though, that the artisans are using something the meat industry considers trash, I have no objections to owning this item, but am still not so sure this should have been included.
Finally, there was the Anna New York by Rablabs Cele Clock. This clock is made out of a geode. It is gorgeous! Subscribers got a variety of colors. I wish I had gotten a color other than blue, but I still love it. The slice of geode is thin, but it's sturdy. There is an arm behind it to prop it up, so it's meant to sit on a shelf, not hang on a wall. I've gotten a lot of compliments on this. We didn't have any clocks in our house because we always rely on our cell phones for the time, so I thought this was a great addition to our home.
Overall, I loved this Neiman Marcus PopSugar box and feel as though I got my money's worth. None of this is stuff I would have bought myself, but they're all nice, luxurious items I am happy to have. With the possible exception of the Mela tray, I think Neiman Marcus did a great job curating this holiday box for PopSugar. The wonderful thing about this box is that all of these items would make wonderful gifts, so anything you didn't like could be given to a loved one this holiday season. What did you think of this box? What are your thoughts on the tray made of bone? I think there are a few of these left for sale, so act quickly if you want one.