I was contacting by Daen months before this review. He mentioned that he had something in the making, and he was hoping I’d take a look at it when he finally finished. Well. Here it is. Supposedly, Australia’s most awaited pomade…but in all honesty, they must be easily hyped. This isn’t a statement concerning the quality of the product. This is a statement on the marketing strategy. It seemed more like a claim by their pub-team rather than a truth.
But either way, here is a review from the most loved and hated but always well-respected đụ má in the pomade community. Allow me to present to you, King Brown Original Pomade from Australia.
Let’s be perfectly honest here. This can is effing beautiful and a lot of effort went into design/fabricating it. Well, relative to other cans at least. Not only is the labeling printed directly onto the can, but the brand is punched from the backside and lifted — giving it a texture. Font choices were on par, and overall, this may be the best-designed oil-based pomade can this year.
You guys ever smell Tiger Balm or Eagle Brand before? If you’re East or Southeast Asian, you’ll definitely know what I’m talking about. If not, I’m sure you guys have either used or smelled someone who used Bengay. It’s not a smell I would go running around asking females to sniff, but at the same time, it ain’t bad. Not at all.
It feels almost exactly like Nu Nile. And shit, in retrospect, this pomade is little different from Nu Nile (not a compliment). Scooping it out, the task is reasonable, but you will feel the greasiness of the product. It will ‘string’ out a bit like you were scooping peanut butter. The pomade then smears easily, but the waxiness gains presence quickly. It has a stronger prominence in King Brown than compared to Nu Nile. This is good news. A greater wax-to-petrol ratio will simulate a cleaner or drier feel.
You will feel the grab of the wax, but it’s an easy application job overall. I mean…we’re not using a heavyweight product, so it’s difficult to really have any issues with the application. Keep conscious of applying evenly though because you may have an issue with that. Break it down and spread around.
The shine is moderate and at a good place. It’s on the matte-side of the spectrum relative to other oil-based pomades.
The waxiness wasn’t overkill, so it ended up being a pretty slick product. I mean…it’s not PompsNotDead or O’Douds or Lockharts slick, but for a non-US pomade, they did well to make a balanced pomade.
Medium. It’ll be very dependent on the weather. It’ll turn to a medium-light in hot weather and medium-heavy in cold weather. You’ll notice build-ups won’t help much in this category.
No doubt about it. It lasted the whole day, but of course, I have to restyle. You should never expect to get through an entire day without having to restyle when using an oil-based pomade.
The waxiness eased up throughout the day which made it a lot easier to restyle my hair midday.
Don’t expect to wash this one out anytime soon. 4+ days for sure.
Unfortunately, it was a pretty greasy build-up. What we want is a nice waxy and light build-up. This keeps the hair light and allows strength to be passed on day-to-day.
Overall, King Brown Pomade was a well-balanced pomade that provide the basics with somewhat refined characteristics. As we often see, foreign oil-based pomades focus on embodying the classics rather than breaking the mold. With that in mind, King Brown Pomade is a good option for those with money to spare on traditional products.