ARCADIAN MATTE PASTE – UNEXPECTED HEAVY HOLD
Recently got a jar of the ARCADIAN Matte Paste from my friends at Matures Gents in Toronto and it has turned out to be a proper “Heavy Hold”.
As far as I can tell, Arcadian is a fairly new player. Their offering is focused on hair styling/care along with a few products in the face and body space. These guys are from Knoxville, Tennessee (USA).
The brand presentation is unpretentious and to the point. The Matte Paste pomade I am trying out is packaged in a classic dark brown glass jar with an equally classic white metal lid. Kudos to Arcadian for using recyclable packaging.
I am not entirely sure if we can say that this is a fully natural ingredient list, but it’s pretty darn close. That said it is identified as vegan.
As much as I am hoping to go full natural, my vanity and desire for “firm hold” in pomade makes it such that I am often not getting the kind of hold I have been accustomed to. The MATTE PASTE by Arcadian might be the brand that changes things for me.
The only indication on the jar about how it may perform is: Heavy Dry Cream. OK – you have my attention.
I scooped out about the size of a nickel and relaxed in my palms. The paste is rather firm at first but became workable in no time. The terrain is clean dry hair which I prepped with a water mist.
This stuff goes in smoothly without any tugging or insanely quick drying. Really nice to work with! Almost right away I got a good sense that this product was going to hold my mope in place. Actually, I got full-day commitment.
The scent is listed as vanilla-cedar, but it is rather discreet. If anything the cedar is tamed by the vanilla making it a smooth thing. Basically just the right amount to hide the scent of clay (bentonite).
In so many words, I loved this one and have been favoring this jar since I got it.
Here is the rating on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is a perfect score.
- Hold: 5+
- Scent: 5
- Shine: Matte
- Texture: 5
- Feel in hair: 5
- Facility to wash out: 5