Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencils
First picture: (top) Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil in Bossy Boots, (bottom) Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil in Bossy Boots
Second picture, left to right: Swatches of Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil in Ring of Fire, Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil in Bossy Boots
I received two shades of the Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil for review: Ring of Fire, a concentrated, orange-based tomato red shade, and Bossy Boots, a sheer, brownish plum; the company describes them as the “hottest of Red” and “wine-hued,” respectively. I would say the former description is accurate—Ring of Fire is a really bright pop of color, and I got serious opacity with only one swipe of product, whereas Bossy Boots was … weird. It was extremely sheer (the swatch on my arm is five or six swipes of product) and it wasn’t creamy like Ring of Fire was. Instead, it was a bit gritty and dry, and I think calling it “wine-hued” just isn’t accurate. It’s kind of a weird, in-between red and brown shade, and I ultimately was fairly disappointed in it.
The packaging is a twist-up crayon, but the names of the shades aren’t printed on the crayon itself. The name of the color is only on the paper box packaging, which is a little frustrating. Also frustrating: that of the two shades I received in the mail, Bossy Boots arrived broken, totally twisted up and smashed against the top of the crayon, with no way to get the pigment to stay in the crayon casing. (You can see this in the first photo.) I was able to swatch and test the pencil, but that certainly raises some questions about whether the Fat Lip Pencil has longevity as a product you can just throw in your bag and use on the go. If it can’t even handle a trip in a bubble mailer to my doorstep, how else could the design of the Lip Pencil fail?
There are some benefits here: I think the crayon packaging, in general, is nicely straightforward and easy to use, and there is theoretically no waste because it’s a twist-up product, with no need to sharpen it. Both shades were quite shiny, too, which is good, and faded evenly (but quickly, after about four hours on me).
The negative points, though, are also prevalent: the textural differences in the shades was off-putting; the product is too soft and sometimes bled outside of my lip line, which doesn’t really support the claim of a lip balm, lip gloss, and lip liner all in one; and, on the whole, I don’t think the shades are very unique. Ring of Fire is a good basic to have in your lipstick arsenal, but I think Bossy Boots is somewhat peculiar, and the other shades—shimmery coral Fairyblood, light pink Wolfman, and hot pink Lambchop—are also not that groundbreaking. The shade names are certainly amazing (who wouldn’t want a lip product named Wolfman?!) but I don’t find myself that intrigued overall.
If you get these on sale (the brand has popped up recently on flash-sale websites like Hautelook), they might be worth trying out, Ring of Fire especially. But as they stand, at $18 each, these were quite overpriced for what I ultimately felt was average, sometimes even subpar, quality.
VERDICT: B for Ring of Fire; C- for Bossy Boots.
AVAILABILITY: $18 each at LaqaAndCo.com.
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Photos by Roxana Hadadi.
In middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.