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Trib Tested: LAQA&Co. Polish Pen

LAQA&Co. Polish Pen

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Sunday, April 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The claim: For those looking for a quick and easy way to do their nailson the go, LAQA&Co. has the solution: a high-gloss, 3 free nail lacquer in a pen that gives a fab manicure in just a few clicks. And it's handy for quick fixes, too.

Cost: $14


The idea of getting a quick, high-gloss manicure between baseball, softball, soccer and cheerleading practices sounded great. The idea of having a lacquer pen to use on the go sounded even better.

LAQA&Co. developed a handy little polish-filled tube with a brush at the end. After reading the directions, I got clicking. It takes a few clicks of the pen to get the polish flowing.

The issue with the bottle-less tube is that I had nowhere to wipe the extra polish that was on the brush — I quickly ran for a paper towel. The polish was pretty, but not a high-gloss finish as I was expecting. A shiny top coat perked up the matte look, but that defeats the quick, on-the-go purpose, doesn't it?

As for those touch-ups that we all need from time to time? The LAQA&Co. pen failed here, too. There was no way to control the size of drop coming out of the brush. I tried using very little pressure and pushing only part way on the button, but the big drop still came out. My solution to the abundance of polish I had to use on my tiny nick? — Share the wealth. … I spread the polish across three nails.

Overall, I wasn't happy with the new lacquer pen. From a distance, my nails looked well-maincured. Up close, though, they were a mess after the touch-up. I will use the pen again, because I like the color, but I won't purchase a new one thinking it's going to create an easy-to-achieve manicure.

— Melanie Wass

Maybe I was cursed by the color name, Blurple. Blurp certainly describes how the nail polish flowed. The oh-so-cute instructions said to give the pen just a wee shake. That resulted in a streaky purple wash on my nails that wasn't the “awesomeness” promised. A much more thorough shaking got the product flowing out of the pen in a more-even color. I think it was probably 3 minutes to get the color properly blended.

The instructions also said to use three light coats to end up with streak-free coverage. But once I got the paint thoroughly mixed and got it flowing out of the brush, a thin coat was impossible: The options were not enough paint to do anything but streak, or so much that I was trying to work two nails from the blob on the brush. Each time I tried, I ended up with one of the worst DIY paint jobs I've ever had. Even with an old-fashion bottle and brush, I've never had anything so messy that I wouldn't wear it out of the house. Until now, that is. Honestly, I think I got a batch of bad paint.

— Vaunda Bonnett

I've long loved the portability and convenience of nail-polish pens. I tend to keep the shade on for weeks, because I can touch up chips easily no matter where I am, and the pen never strays far from my purse.

I was able to get the polish into the bristles of the LAQA&Co. pen with just a few clicks. I found that the consistency was thin — likely to prevent clogging — and several coats were needed. No biggie.

I adored the color, Tweedledee, which is in the family of coral, a hue that's oh-so-hot this spring. It's a shade perfectly suitable for the office or an evening out. (A gold-flecked topcoat would dress it up great for a night on the town!) Shades come with hilarious monikers, including Birthday Suit, Nookie and WTF. All the outer packaging is done by young artists looking to make it big. They get a cut of every product purchased. To me, helping out a budding artist is well worth the extra couple of dollars the pens cost.

— Jill Leonard



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