Clubman Pinaud brilliantine – medium orthodox water based pomade

Company – product

Clubman Pinaud is a classic US (LA based) barber brand since 1810 with divisions in: hair care, beard products, shaving and fragrances.

A very short story:

It all began with the French businessman Edouard (Ed) Pinaud. Pinaud commissioned an artist to create the trademark dapper Frenchman for the labels, which still serves as the unofficial face of the brand today. There’s more to tell but you can read all in the link to their site.

I’m gonna review their brilliantine. Not a real brilliantine but a gel pomade, ‘ringing’ gel or orthodox pomade. I can understand the brand’s choice for ‘brilliantine’ because of their classic ego. Clubman Pinaud is not only a classic that exists for over 200 years, it has a good price-quality ratio too. A pomade friend of mine sent me this to it try out because he was satisfied with its results and its pricing.

More info:


My hair profile

I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour. I used a wide tooth comb plus a brush with wild boar hair. I use brushes mostly.


This pomade comes in a 3.4 oz plastic tub with screw top. Okay, not the regular 4 oz but with a price under $10 (most carriers), we cannot complain. Color is a translucent green in the line of the Clubman Pinaud’s green labeling.


Water (Aqua, Eau), Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Martricaria) Flower Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract (Neem Tree), Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PEG-7 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylene Brassylate, Fragrance (Parfum), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Potassium Sorbate.

Nice to observe it includes conditioning ingredients to support healthier styling.


Somewhat chemical, fresh, manly, generic cologne scent. A bit strong in the jar. In the hair: the smell disappears immediately. The scent isn’t my favorite but not a real problem since it fades so quick. Very subtle whiffs from time to time.

Application process – result

The brilliantine has a typical gel pomade look. Scooping and breaking down are predictable: easy, quick, no hassle. Texture is not thick, not so sticky. Goes in without resistance, spreads easily. Need 4 normal sized licks. Provides a good grip. Combing through gives no real tension. Styling goes quick. Is a very workable pomade. Kept most of my hair in place after initial styling: some sagging, waving, a few strays. The brilliantine managed my cowlicks and sides well. Got a decent height. Hair shape: clean, neat, slick, not too flat.


Labeled as a high shine. For me: a few notches below a medium shine. If you don’t restyle, it stays.

Hold – endurance

On the jar: flexible hold which can be translated in a medium hold. It keeps shape the all day except for my front (sagging). This is a medium, thus yes. No hardening, hair stiffened and settled. Endurance: got a bit of rain on it, hair sagged, this is normal due to its water-solubility. Cycling, wind, temperatures around 70: hair didn’t move. At the end of my day: a few strays, no splits, waving did not get worse. The pomade managed the sides and cowlicks very well. Weight: light to medium. I used 3 scoops, 4 will be better.


Restyling without water, scarce tug. Hold about the same. Had to restyle the front. Does not flake.

Washing out

No shampoo, just water, this is a water-soluble pomade. I got the impression it is more concentrated than other gel pomades I used in terms of washing out. I used it to degrease from some oil based build up and it took a lot out with just water. Hair feels good (not a dry desert) after rinsing it out due to the conditioning ingredients, I suppose. This is a plus.

Hair, scalp issues

No allergies, itching, dandruff.



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