So, this review has been delayed for a long time. I told you guys I would review it a few months ago when I was still in Houston, but I never got around to following up with Joann for the review. However, now it’s here.
Let me introduce to you, JS Sloane Mediumweight Brilliantine.
Like many other water-based product, it comes in a plastic jar. This one is a transparent brown with branding on the front, top of the cap, and information along the back. The appearance of the stuff is very reminiscent of salon products such as American Crew and Woody’s but it should be confused. This stuff is made to style a mean and clean pompadour, not some metrosexual/sloppy faux pomp.
Opening it up, this stuff looked really different from any other product I’ve tried before. It appearance of the texture reminds me a lot of Slick Devil, but this thing had a lot more sheen. Plus, it’s pink. I’ve seen cola brown, gold, and clear. But never pink — sweet.
My favorite part with this product is the scent. It has a nice and sweet floral scent, which for some reason, reminds me of strawberries. It’s refreshing to smell — especially, in comparison to other water-based pomades that have novelty smells.
When I initially scooped some out, it felt like Slick Devil Pomade. Real thick and coming out of the jar like viscous marshmallow paste (in comparison to other water-based pomades which are like jello). But fortunately, it was unlike Slick Devil during application and felt a lot more like a Imperial Classic. As you saw in the video, I’m able to really throw my hair around to apply the product with ease and minimal discomfort.
Time. In comparison to other water-based pomades, this product definitely took a lil more time and dedication to style. This is a trade-off for the liveliness the product. What I mean is like, it somewhat resemble The Daimon Barber No.1 in its ability to only help style the hair rather than completely takeover and mold the hair. You can get a well-shaped pomp if you got the hands to do the work.
Slickness. This was cool. Check out the shine in the pictures. Obviously, don’t expect it to be long lasting and as shiny as an oil-based, but for a water-based pomade…excellent. The feel of the product itself was also real slick in that they definitely emphasize the stickiness of the pomade over dry hold.
Strength. The strength is very comparable to Layrite. The coolest thing to me is that they offer an entire range of holds in their line of light, medium, and heavy. You see it all the time with oil-based products but rarely with water-based pomades. I like it.
I like it. It’s a step halfway between the traditional water-based pomades and The Daimon Barber No.1 which is good. You get a lil more hold and the slight locking-in without too much of the crusty helmet-affect of badly made water-based pomades and gels.
Overall, it’s a great product.