50% would repurchase
on 3/7/2019 2:33:00 PM
More reviews by Seattlemama
Well for starters, this is not a cream so don't make your purchasing decision by the (misleading) name. It's a serum of several actives (antioxidants, niacinamide, probiotics) in a moisturizing (hyaluronic acid) base, but it doesn't offer nearly enough moisture for my superdry aging skin, particularly during these bone-dry winter months. I have heard great things about Allies of Skin for skin that loves ferment (SK-II is one of favorites) so I wanted to check it out for myself. I would consider this a high-end product due to its high quality ingredients, hygienic packaging design and marginally insane price tag for not much product. I love the fact that this is a heavy hitter - I have dry, aging, sensitive, rosacean, acne-prone aging skin so I appreciate the fact that this truly did seem to make my skin look more even and toned. While this product performs well (from what I can tell), it's ultimately disappointing for me because it doesn't play well with any of my favorite moisturizers that I need to apply over it. (See above comment about this actually being a serum and not a cream.) They all ball up and I spend several minutes using a dry muslin washcloth to get rid of all the pilling. That feels like a waste of my moisturizer and whatever it's taking with it. So I won't be going back for more of this, but I would definitely recommend it if you don't have dry skin and $ to spare.
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on 12/28/2018 1:02:00 PM
More reviews by setoutrunning
Allies of Skin Bright Future Sleeping Facial would be an HG product for me if not for the price (50ml/$120USD). As with all AOS masks, it is intended to function as an all-in-one product, capable of fulfilling all skincare needs post-cleansing and toning. If you’re a simple regimen person, this is your dream.This mask contains a mixture of 8% AHAs and BHAs (glycolic, lactic, salicylic) and 5% enzymes, retinal, brightening ingredients, and antioxidants, and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid to seal in the ingredients. It is layerable over other serums. AOS recommends something like a (lower weight) hyaluronic serum and I caution limiting serums in number and to those which are lightweight and water-based to avoid pilling. The mask struggles when layered with products high in oils due to the HA layer, so it’s best to use a gel moisturizer if you feel the need to add an extra layer of hydration (I would give the mask time to set) or to mix a very small amount of face oil into the mask. I’ve not had luck applying oil-based products on top of the mask, even after an hour’s wait.This product really delivers on the results. While it is a retinoid product, I would regard it more in terms of acids and brightening than cellular turnover (the retinal content is low and intended to be used in conjunction with a retinoid regimen). I saw results after one use—my face appeared both brighter and smoother. Given the acid content, I’d suggest anyone with sensitive skin patch test first. (It’s worth noting that Allies currently does not accept returns, so purchasing through an alternate retailer with a flexible return policy may be worth considering.) The mask is intended to be used for three consecutive nights per week and alternated with another AOS product, though I’ve had no issues continuing my preferred regimen and using Bright Future either for the recommended consecutive nights or just as needed.Bright Future comes in a soft tube with airtight pump, which is positive in theory as it provides protection but also ensures there’s minimal waste (as the tube can be cut open and isn’t susceptible to shattering). I’ve marked the packaging down one lippie as my current tube seems to struggle releasing product (presumably a faulty pump) and cutting it open this early compromises the product. I’m unsure what caused the pump to fail (i.e. manufacturing or a fall), but I do recommend storing upright in any case.