LAQA & Co Nail Polish Pen – Incestuous

As I mentioned in my previous post about my new Egon Schiele Plum Envy Eyeshadow, muted lavender is my absolute favorite color – it’s pretty much everywhere in my home and wardrobe. One of the few products I actually purchasedĀ at The Makeup Show NYC, rather than received as a gift, was this Nail Polish Pen from LAQA in their own lavender shade called Incestuous. Despite the questionable name, I knew I had to pick it up as soon as I saw the packaging artwork by James Roper. I really appreciate the fact that the folks at LAQA & Co are connecting talented graphic designers to consumers in a fun and creative way – if you take a look at their website, each product’s box was designed by a different artist, who even gets a cut of the profit. So it was a no-brainer for me, deciding right away that I wanted to support my fellow graphic designers.

Moving on to the actual product: I absolutely love the color, and I think it goes great with my skin. I also love how easy it is to use the nail polish pen by pushing the end of it to release the polish, which deposits into the brush tip without making a mess. I’ve used other pens before that were almost impossible to control the flow, and the polish would get everywhere. One thing that’s rather unfortunate about this product, however, is that it can be a tad streaky. Once you put on couple coats and apply a topcoat, it does appear less streaky, but in some lights you can still slightly see the odd texture of the polish. I think the ease of use makes up for the streakiness, however – especially since I’m absolutely TERRIBLE at doing my nails, and I didn’t have to do a ton of cleanup when using my LAQA & Co Nail Polish Pen. This formula also happens to dry fairly quickly, which is another perk if you’re like me, and have a tendancy to mess up your mani while you’re waiting for it to dry.

I would be interested in trying out more shades – I was looking at their website the other night and I’m really excited about their Squid Ink nail polish pen which is sort of a minty green. I’m also curious if perhaps the streakiness is only evident in the Incestuous formula, or if every shade has the same issue.

I also purchased another product from LAQA that I’m just going to spend a little bit of time speaking about here, which is their Polish Remover Pads. When I tried it at the show, I really loved the vanilla smell and I was able to take off all the nail polish that I’d tried from different brands with only one pad. However, I’ve done my nails a couple times since then and I have to say I fell a bit out of love with the product. The smell can get a little overwhelming after a while, and it makes your hands very oily and sticky, so I end up having to wash my hands a lot. I think I’ll still keep it in my purse in case I ever need to take my nail polish off in an emergency (you never know) since its so compact and easy to use. In fact, that’s a running theme that I love in all their products – the portability. I can throw my LAQA Nail Polish Pen in my purse as well as the Polish Remover Pads and touch up my mani anytime, anywhere. Since I’m always chipping my mani while I’m typing away at work, the ability to fix my nails on-the-go is pretty ideal for me.

LAQA & Co Nail Polish Pens are available at for $15.45, while their Polish Remover Pads are available for $5.95.

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  • Jo Jo

    June 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Great product for someone like me Super fast and simple.

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