Review: LAQA & Co. Nail Polish Pen and Remover Pads

A few weeks back I received two LAQA & Co. products to try from – a nail polish pen ($16CDN for 0.17 oz), and ultra handy polish remover pads ($7CDN).  Both products would be awesome for travel – the polish pen is super portable, and the remover pads come in a small, lip-balm-sized plastic container that holds 32 pads.  As I change my nail polish often and everywhere, the remover pads in particular are a great find!

The shade I received for the polish pen is called ‘I Want a Pony,’ and is a light canary yellow.  To use, you have to click the bottom of the ‘pen’ until the polish reaches the tip of the brush applicator, and then away you go! However, unfortunately my experience with this polish was very poor.  It goes on extremely thin, takes forever to dry between coats – which means a lot of pulling and patchiness if you can’t wait – and would probably need about four coats to reach opacity.  It was thick and didn’t distribute evenly on the nail whatsoever.  For a great idea, it really fell flat for me.  Considering the cost of the polish pen and the actual size you get, this is a pretty big fail in my eyes.Alternatively, the remover pads were relatively successful.  The scent is not at all remover-like; it smells a bit like vanilla, albeit not necessarily an improvement over acetone as it’s slightly sickly.  Not a deal-breaker however.  The pads removed my polish fairly easily and left my nails feeling hydrated and not dry in the least.  The only real worry I have with this product is that the pads may dry out over time – already they seem to be less ‘saturated’ than they should be, but I think the problem could be remedied by pouring a touch of water or other polish remover on the pads to revive them. Overall, I am not totally impressed by LAQA & Co.’s products, and while the remover pads are certainly handy, I’m not convinced I would purchase them on my own.  I think the extremely poor performance of the polish really tainted the brand for me and colors my overall opinion.  If you travel a lot and tend to need polish touch-ups, I would suggest giving these a shot because they are effective – but otherwise I would say skip them both.  Especially with the polish, even if it were priced much cheaper, I wouldn’t waste the money on it – it’s one of the worst formula’s I’ve tried in the past few years 😦

Have you tried any products from LAQA & Co.?  Did you have a different experience than I?  Do tell, I’d love to know if I just got a bad batch!

*These products were sent to me for consideration by

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on October 31, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    I’ve reviewed a couple of colours from this line, and like you, I am ambivalent. Here’s the thing; while the concept is a great one and should technically work amazingly, the formula as well as the pen mechanism needs to go back to the drawing board. I have a feeling that if the company irons out those bugs, then they could have a potential winner o their hands, as I really like the portability aspect of this product. I haven’t tried the remover pads, but you state a great case for them! As to reviving them, why not try turning the container upside down during the time you’re not using it? This way, any liquid which may have pooled on the bottom, will soak up through the pads and rehydrate the top layers again! I’ve tried that method with facial wipes, and it seems to do the trick! PS: I actually thought that this lemon yellow colour looked great on you!

    • #2 by Latoya on November 1, 2011 - 10:12 pm

      That’s a great idea, Eugenia! I hadn’t thought of it before. I’ll try that out and see how it works. As for the pen, I agree it’s a great idea in theory, but they really need to work the kinks out, because it is NOT working here. I do like the color though, similar to the Revlon I wore in the Summer…..too bad about the product being a fail!

  2. #3 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on October 31, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    I haven’t tried any kind of nail polish in pen form — just don’t trust them to get the job done, I guess — and while I also think the shade is quite nice, the performance doesn’t exactly get me hyped after the brand either! Personally I’d rather just carry my favourite bottle of NP and a mini bottle of remover.

    • #4 by Latoya on November 1, 2011 - 10:15 pm

      Well, that’s really it, isn’t it? The pen idea is cool, but is it necessary? (Although, I did have a bottle of polish seep out a bit in my bag recently :S). As for the remover pads, I do think they’re a godsend – I have mini removers at work etc, but to travel with I’m constantly worried about it spilling. So in that regard I do appreciate the idea!

  3. #5 by Lisa on January 3, 2012 - 9:44 am

    SO glad I decided to read reviews before buying this product. Thanks for saving me $15 🙂 I absolutely love the Squid Ink color (on my monitor anyway) and I have been trying to find a pale aqua color (not mint green). Russo had a pale aqua/turquoise but it’s long gone from the market. Do you have any suggestions for a pastel aqua polish? Maybe with Easter coming up there will be some new ones.

    • #6 by Latoya on January 3, 2012 - 8:48 pm

      Sweet!! I’m glad I saved you the trouble Lisa – really, these were NOT good (though its entirely possible I got an old one…but still). As for a pastel aqua polish, I think you would have LOVED Mischievous Mint from MAC’s Too Cute collection last Spring – it really was more aqua than green and so pretty! But that’s not helpful now 😛 Sally Hansen Barracuda might work, if you can find it in drugstores…or Color Club’s New Bohemian, which was from their Fall collection past, so you might be able to still snag one!! Good luck 😀

      • #7 by Lisa on January 9, 2012 - 12:46 am

        Thanks for telling me about the other aqua nail polishes. I DID manage to get a bottle of MAC Mischievous Mint. I SHOULD be shot though because I have never spent more than $9 (and I think that’s to much) for a bottle of nail polish. It’s not something I buy everyday and I really want a pretty aqua polish and there are none to be had around these parts. Thanks for the help. 😀

      • #8 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:36 pm

        No problem, Lisa!! So glad you found what you were looking for 😀

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