First time I purchased this, I believe it may have been slightly dried out. Hard surface and extra tacky. Wasn't a fan at the time with this type of product and application. I've always been a fan of Gray Ghost, so recently decided to try this one out again as another Cream Pomade. This time around, the product was more hydrated. It still didn't apply as nicely as I had hoped - however it wasn't that bad in retrospect. I typically use this as a post styler on dry hair. I go slow with small amounts. Provides great hold, definately a firm. No shine, falls into the matte/natural range. I find that I do enjoy this product on the right day. I would probably love it even more if it's finish was just a little more toward natural than matte. My hair is naturally dry and wavy - so using products like this are always an experiment for me on how dry my hair will get and if it looks healthy.
This is a top notch pomade. It's like firsthand supply's all purpose pomade and shear revivals gray ghost had a strong lightweight feeling pomade cousin. Holds my thick, straight, coarse Asian hair fantastically as I get a definite Firm hold throughout the day with Aurora. I got the Vista scent and I absolutely love it. Very reminiscent of Wood, Sage, and Sea Salt by Jo Malone. Highly recommend Aurora!
This new version takes all the good things from the OG and improves the hold and endurance, all with a super creamy consistency.
This cream pomade has become a favorite of mine. It has a firm hold, a natural shine, and the versatility to accommodate both slick and textured looks. Don't sleep on this stuff!
I had a problem with my first order (see my other review) and Lodestar quickly shipped a replacement. Went with the Horizon version of Aurora.
Solid product, spreads easily in the hands with a little rubbing to give it some heat. Applies very easily to wet hair, and with some minimal tugging to dry hair.
Hold is solid for about half day - I agree with the 4/5 rating for hold, and I just run a comb back through or finger brush it and it's back to perfect or can be restyled.
Smells great and again, customer service is top notch.
Will be buying more.