I have tried various matte pastes out there, and to be honest, Arcadian matte paste is the best matte product there is out there. The thing about this product is that, you need to know the right amount of scoops for your hair type. Too little, and you might not get the desired hold. Too much, and your hair might be a little weighed down. Bear in mind that this product is very dry looking (staying true to it's name) but it still allows you to restyle throughout the day without compromising on hold. Bear in mind, when applying it might tug a little bit on the hair. Scent wise, I'd best describe it as smelling like a spa, not even kidding. The first whiff gives you a citrus note, with a herby, peppery undertone. And it just smells amazing seriously. You do get occasional smells throughout the day, but it is nothing too overpowering. (Wouldn't mind if it was overpowering to be honest cause it smells really amazing). Being a person that has incredibly thick, coarse and difficult-to-manage hair, I must say that this product has worked a charm for me. Would definitely be trying out some of the other Arcadian products.
Spalsh it and feel the refeshing after the shave. Would be nice if it could carry a bit more small for longer. But recommend it for its cooling sensation.
It provides a great hold, able to tame all my flyaways and especially long hair. It also feels really light on your hair.
The hold drops noticeably after 4-5 hours. So, for a normal work day, it may not last all the way. This is probably due to its light weight. A touch up may be required, or you can use a hair spray to lock it in to allow it to last longer. Another way would be to use a pre-styler to aid in increasing the endurance.
It is rather close to a neutral shine. Definitely not that matte.
This thing is hard. Scooping it form the jar is as though using my fingers to lift a dumbell. Imagine using ur index finger to dig into a hard candle wax. It is that hard to scoop it out. You would require a vice claw to do it.
Suprisingly, even with the super hard scoop, the breakdown is super smooth. It is really creamy and glides easily on your palm and fingers. Emulsifying it is also easy and spreads really easily.
Super easy to apply. No tug, no pull. Smooth application and glides along your hair.
The scent is really unique. Kind of like a blend of mint and traditional chinese herbs. Its either you like it, or you dont. Initally, it felt weird smelling it, but after using this product so many times, i have gotten used to it, and quite like the scent.
Super easy to wash out. 1 shapoo use, and all is out.
the powder is good to create volume for fine thin hair without weighing the hair down. love it better than other volume powder/dust i have tried.
After using this product for quite a while, the application of the matte paste and scooping out the products with fingers is easy . Recommended to apply product to dry hair. However, the product does not hold for quite long, especially if you're outdoors most of the time. To get more hold you might need to apply more product onto the hair and finish off with a hair spray for greater hold.