Imperial Classic Pomade Review

Video review here:

Imperial Barber Grade Products. I wasn’t so sure what to expect when I first tried the product. There had been some good words on it, but at the same time, I had heard some cons to the product. I took a look at their styling guide and wasn’t liking what they had. But then again, I don’t like many lookbooks by most companies. So, I had to try it for myself.

This is the small sample jar of Classic Pomade as provided by Imperial Barber. Opening it up, it has a pretty fresh smell of like…(for lack of a better description)…aloe vera or some nice lotion. I can’t put my finger on what it exactly smells like, but hey…it’s refreshing anyways.

Imperial Classic Pomade - jar


Right out of the jar, this stuff has the consistency of Slick Devil Pomade and smears in the hands similarly. However, applying to the hair is actually pretty easy considering its initial texture — you’ll notice this in the video. 


Time. This pomade provide a damn good amount of control and a balanced level of control. I definitely had a relatively easy time using the product to form my pomp.

Slickness. It also did well to slick down my side. However, the shine that it initially gave my hair would not last the entire day.

Strength. It has a lot of strength. Definitely enough to make my pomp as tall as I needed it to be.

Imperial Classic Pomade pomp
Imperial Classic Pomade - pomp top
Imperial Classic Pomade - pomp part
Imperial Classic Pomade - pomp slickness


It was a surprisingly good product. On par with Admiral, I’d say — just look at the photos.

Now, it claims to be America’s strongest water-based pomade. I’d have to disagree with that. Slick Devil Pomade has that claim. HOWEVER…it’s not about strength. There’s so much more to a pomade than just the strength. Overall, Imperial was definitely one of the better water-based pomades I’ve tried. Top three in my book which include: The Daimon Barber, Admiral, and Imperial.