Shear Revival Northern Lights Matte Paste

5.05 Star

A matte paste to rival the best out there!

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User Rating: 4

Available From

Man For Himself £9 / $10 / €11 | 1 oz Shop now
Man For Himself £17 / $19 / €20 | 3.4 oz Shop now

Why We Love It:

A really impressive matte paste from Shear Revival. It’s so easy to use with a fantastic, natural-looking finish with hold! Part of the MFH Holy Grail.

Check out my video review below. 

What Shear Revival Say…

Northern Lights Matte Paste was created out of our love for natural texture and looks in the hair care industry. Getting my start in the salon industry, creating a product like this has always been a goal for me. I truly believe we’re bridging a gap between healthy home-brewed & chemical based cosmetic lab-made products. We always get the job done with the hair & scalps health in mind.

For best results: Northern Lights should be applied in dry hair. The product stays malleable all day and washes out 100% with shampoo.

  • 98% plant derived ingredients
  • Firm Hold / Matte Finish
  • Hand-blended Citrus, Oakmoss, + Sage Scent
  • 3.4oz / 96g (TSA Friendly!)


About Shear Revival

Shear Revival started in a small kitchen in Asbury Park, NJ in October of 2013. After not being satisfied with what the grooming market had to offer, they out to create a product that works, with ingredients that you can pronounce, while always keeping health & wellness in mind. Founder of the company, Zachary West, has worked in the personal care industry as a stylist & barber for over a decade. Using that wealth of knowledge, he decided to set off onto this endeavour.
Over the last 5 years, Shear Revival has successfully developed a core line of apothecary & grooming products. Having a strong DIY work-ethic & ethos, every product is handcrafted in small batches in our lab to achieve the highest quality product specifically for you. Shear Revival is dedicated to creating safe, healthy, and nourishing products for all ages, races, & genders, to use every day.”

“Made by the mindful, for the honest & earnest”


Packaging: 5 Star
Smell: 4 Star
Styling: 5 Star
Application: 5 Star
Finish: 5 Star
Washability: 4 Star
Consistency: 4 Star
Hold: 3 Star
Shine Scale: 2 Star
Overall: 5 Star

Shear Revival Northern Lights Key Ingredients

  • Kaolin Clay – Promotes hair elasticity.
  • Calendula Extract –  Dandruff preventative.
  • Clary Sage Oil –  Promotes healthy hair growth.


Full Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Kaolinite (White Clay), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Carnauba (Copernicia cerifera) Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Theobroma Cacao Butter, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil.

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  • Emir Aydem says:

    If anyone cares about his hair and hairstyle then this is for him…with nice packaging,great ingredients, great smell,consistency like a paste should be,great styling,firm hold,great washability…it is great and i love it…
    Robin if you reading this please reply what should i use?

    User Rating: 5
  • Nate_Dogg says:

    It’s okay. I really like the hold, the texture, and my hair feels healthier the next day. I’m only giving it 4 stars because its quite sticky going into the hair, and makes it hard to apply more. I use Ocean Mist as a pre-styler but that makes the hair overly dry with Northern Lights, will have to get something to smooth the hair I think and make it easier to apply.

    User Rating: 4
  • Vincenzo says:

    I really like the hold and light smell of this product, I use it often. Holds my fine hair well. It has a nice matte finish.
    It is a little waxy though, application is a bit sticky and it tugs. I recommend layering it in very small amounts as it’s also very easy to overdo it and end up with a slightly heavy/waxy look.

    User Rating: 4
  • brianfireball23 says:

    I liked using it for lazy days because I feel that the hold isn’t that great on longer hair on top. It only lasts up to five to seven hours at most, (If I have been going out ), but when used on shorter hair it lasts much longer in that regard. Love the scent of the product because it reminds me of the orange vitamin candies that I take throughout the day. The texture is still present. In terms of the hold, Arcadian matte paste holds up my hair way better because of the re workability factor that plays into it. If anyone has thick hair like myself then I would definitely recommend Arcadian matte paste if you want a long lasting hold.

    User Rating: 4
  • Dippy says:

    Really disappointed with this product. The smell isn’t great in my opinion very floral, so much so that my wife asked me to stop using it for this reason alone! The product is really sticky and takes out a lot of my hair when applying it. The hold is really poor too and not the easiest to rework throughout the day. I also disagree that it’s a matte finish, it seems a bit greasy and oily to me.

    User Rating: 1
  • aklonowski21 says:

    This matte paste by Shear Revival is amazing!! I have short, thick, curly hair and the firm hold is perfect for me! I enjoy a product that lets me run my fingers through my hair without feeling tangled. Also, when Robin said this stuff is responsive he wasn’t kidding! I use this product after blowdrying on dry hair and it literally does exactly what I tell it to do. I love it! I was using Pete and Pedro Putty before this but Northern Lights is my new go to!

    User Rating: 5
  • Kitsuki says:

    So i have really thick and medium long to long hair that doesn’t like doing what i want it to do. And this paste doesn’t work for my hair whatsoever. The product is really sticky, i’m pulling out like 15 hair strands everytime i try applying it. And it also doesn’t hold long, after half an hour all my hair has dropped down and i can manipulate it a bit, but not enough to get it back up again. The scent is really nice though, and the finish is matte and beatiful, but it just doesn’t work for my hair. I’ve tried taking just a small fingertip, but it won’t hold, when i try to use more it just feels stickier but still doesn’t hold my hair up. So if you have Hair that can be manipulated easily and isn’t too thick or long, this might work. But for me it doesn’t. Please do tell me if there’s some kind of trick to applying it, im pretty new to hairstyling. And sorry for my bad grammar, i’m from germany ^^

    User Rating: 2
    • Phu Thai says:

      Totally agree, maybe it’s not just for my hair. Too sticky and greasy if use big scoop but too little hold with small scoop, it’s just frustating for me. And even with big scoop the hold is not so good

  • Yan Captain says:

    Great finish and hold- really nice look and MATTE as advertised. No sheen at all, However hair feels sticky and not soft unlike after using the TSB from Morris motley.
    I have fine medium length hair

    User Rating: 4
  • Tony says:

    I LOVE this clay! easily the best “high hold/low shine” product I’ve used. I did have a question for you Robin! My hair is currently quite long (8 inches) and I find it’s hard to apply this product. Is there another with a light/medium hold and no shine you would recommend? Also, I love the Youtube channel! Thanks.

    User Rating: 5
  • Faraz R says:

    It’s ok. I’ve tried a lot of matte pastes, Arcadian, Monarche, Morris Motley TSB, Label M. and now this. This is more the oil/wax, white type paste like TSB and the Label M. product than the clay-based Monarche/Arcadian.

    Nice packaging that make my hair feel healthy. Smell is like extremely sweet, not really enjoyable for me, like I have cake in my hair. Hold is very pliable. I can move my hair around pretty easily, but it’ll stay wherever I leave it. Finish is not quite matte, has some sheen to it, Doesn’t thicken/firm or control flyaways too well.

    Overall, it does an ok job, for a decent price. I don’t think I’d go for this over Arcadian, TSB, or Antigravity

    User Rating: 3
    • Sam Darabi says:

      Oh if it is the same as Label. M Matt Paste included a bit of shine, I’ll definitely buy it.

  • Nic Thompson says:

    In comparison to the kevin murphy rough rider, which one has the strongest hold that will last all day? i have pretty thick, long, and heavy hair and have had more trouble then you could imagine finding a matte product that will meet my styling needs. ps. love the videos.

    Thank You, Nic

  • Michal says:

    Thank you Robin for recommending this paste! After Kevin Murphy Night Rider (which was too oily and heavy for me), Kevin Murphy Rough Rider (which was too strong and dry) and Hanz de Fuko Claymation (which was sooo overhyped and so average at every aspect ie. texture, hold, smell, package) I finally found my grail. Northern lights. Quality glass jar with beautiful label. Amazing, natural citrus scent. Great hold and unbelievable texture. i couldn’t be more happy with it. The only problem is it’s oos on most sites, and generally hard to find in my country (Poland). And it’s on the sticky side so not everyone will be as satisfied as I am.

    User Rating: 5
  • Rob says:

    Could you explain the difference between this product and Crystal Lake? I’m not sure which one to buy.

  • Kai says:

    Doesn’t work too well for my thick hair. The hold is not sufficient, it’s overly sticky to apply. I love the packaging and smell, but would not buy it again..

    User Rating: 3
  • JT says:

    One of my favorite products for sure. Absolutely love the scent. Kind of smells like fruit loops imo. Great everyday product but have noticed that its very easy to use too much and less is defiantly more.

    User Rating: 4
  • Joel says:

    I’ve been using Northern Lights for a few weeks now and I’ve been enjoying it. I have just over 8 inches of thick asian hair. I style in a messy quiff typically, and I’m honestly surprised how well this products works. Of course I use hairspray because of my hair length, but still my hair feels absolutely great throughout the day. I typically use clay products, but this this is a nice change with similar results. No significant complaints about Northern Lights, I recommend it to anyone looking up to try a lighter product but doesn’t want to lose out the benefits of a clay.

    User Rating: 5

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