You know when everyone is trying products and you’re just dying to get your hands on them? That was Allies of Skin for me. I had so many posts about them saved to my wishlist and was planning out my purchase for months. When I finally felt like I had a certain amount of control over my skincare collection and could justify adding new products, I took the plunge.
After over a month of testing the line exclusively, here it is: my full, unfiltered thoughts on Allies of Skin. No holds barred, every product was purchased with my own money – so I have no obligations except to you, to provide the most honest, truthful review possible. I hope this proves informative if you are thinking about trying AOS for yourself. If you do, you can use code AMBER20 to get 20% off your order!
Allies of Skin made a splash in 2016 when founder Nicolas Travis, dissatisfied with the existing products available to treat his own severe acne concerns, launched the line. He had one goal in mind: to create smart, effective products for the modern day professional.
One of the things that drew me to AOS was their philosophy about formulas. All of their ingredients are thoroughly researched, and they “combine only effective, clinically-proven actives into clean formulas.” The goal of the products is to help your skin repair, regenerate, and reset itself so it can perform at its best.
Allies of Skin doesn’t use silicones, sulfates, drying alcohol, chemical screens, mineral oil, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrances.
Honestly, everything about this brand sounds very impressive. But do they live up to the hype? Let’s get into product breakdowns and start answering the question on everyone’s minds – are AOS products worth it?
Allies of Skin Product Reviews
Molecular Silk Amino Hydrating Cleanser
What It Is: A pH 5.5, sulfate-free universal gel cleanser that is supercharged with a hydrating blend of Antioxidants, Phospholipids, and Hydrators like Silk Amino Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, Organic Safflower + Moringa Oil.
What It Does: Gently removes dirt, grime, and make-up without stripping the skin.
My Thoughts: This is an impressively luxurious cleanser that lives up to the hype. It has an enjoyable jelly-type texture that feels gentle on the skin. I could use this morning and night (as a second cleanse) with no issues. It paired perfectly with the deviant skincare cleansing concentrate, my holy grail first cleanse that I reviewed here. I felt like my skin looked balanced and clean when I used it, and I actually cut it open to squeeze out the last bit of product. The Silk Amino Cleanser is one of the more reasonably priced AOS products, and definitely worth it to me. I plan on restocking once I’ve worked through some more of my cleansers. Especially with my code AMBER20, this is not the most expensive cleanser I’ve used.
Molecular Savior Probiotics Treatment Mist
What It Is: A mist with an alcohol-free nutrient-rich aloe base and a reparative blend of multiple Probiotics and 6 Antioxidants like Lactobacillus Ferment, Niacinamide, and Acai Berry.
What It Does: Tones and refines appearance of pores, balances skin’s PH level, soothes and calms stressed skin, and reverses the effects of dehydration/weariness.
My Thoughts: I wanted to LOVE this mist. Honestly, most of me does – I reviewed it in this face mist roundup and still think it’s one of the best formulated mists out there. But the essential oils in it are a huge drawback. I can definitely feel them on my face and it is slightly irritating at times. At this price point, with the EOs, it isn’t worth it to me. However they are reformulating without EOs and when that happened, I know this will be one of my absolute favorite mists.
35% Vitamin C+ Perfecting Serum
What It Is: The world’s first waterless 35% Vitamin C serum (25% Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid + 10% Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate) supercharged with an antioxidant complex of Superoxide Dismutase + Glutathione.
What It Does: Plumps and firms appearance of skin, visibly brightens and fades appearance of dullness, provides skin with antioxidant protection, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as other signs of premature aging.
My Thoughts: I heard so many rave reviews of this serum before purchasing. That the results were immediate and so impressive. So I bit the bullet and dropped $100 on a serum… that I don’t really think did anything? I noticed an overall brightening but it was quite subtle. I didn’t see a marked difference in my skin and for $118, I expected something drastic. So while the formulation was surprisingly gentle for a 35% concentration and it was enjoyable to use, I don’t think it’s worth the super steep price tag.
Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
What It Is: an overnight serum (pH 3.5) with 11% Mandelic, Lactic + Salicylic Acid, 1% Bakuchiol, 8 Brighteners, and 7 Antioxidants and Peptides.
What It Does: reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, brightens and fades appearance of discolorations, refines skin texture, exfoliates and smoothes skin, trains the skin to retain moisture and nutrients better, and provides skin with protection against free radicals/environmental stress.
Price: $92.00/30mL (but $73.60 with code AMBER20)
My Thoughts: I have to say, even though the price tag is steep I am impressed with this serum. It contains some of my favorite acids to use in skincare (mandelic, lactic and salicyclic are a POWERHOUSE combo!) and I have noticed an overall improvement in texture and breakouts when I use it consistently. However, this price tag is tough to stomach for sure; I have seen similar results with the Deviant Gentle Resurfacing Liquid (which I reviewed in my Deviant brand breakdown here), and that product is slightly less expensive.
Multi Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum
What It Is: A hydration + repair serum (pH 4.3-5.1) supercharged with multiple forms of Hyaluronic Acid, 5% Resveratrol Ferment, 2% Superoxide Dismutase, and multiple antioxidants.
What It Does: brightens & plumps skin, soothes skin, provides a mega-dose of hydration, reduces the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, and provides skin with protection against free radicals.
My Thoughts: I’ve gone back and forth about how I feel about this serum a few times. It took me a while to warm up to it – it has a different texture than most other hydrating serums I’ve tried. However, over six weeks of use I definitely came to appreciate it more. It has a significant plumping effect and I noticed when I stopped using it. In my original impressions post on my instagram, I wasn’t quite sure it was worth the price. Now, while I definitely don’t think it’s a necessity, and there are much more affordable hydrating serums, this one is a really, really nice option.
Multi Nutrient Dioic Renewing Cream
What It Is: A multitasking moisturiser supercharged with 1% Dioic Acid, 14 Antioxidants, Probiotics, Centella Asiatica and Ribose designed for acne-prone skin.
What It Does: Revives tired complexion, reduces imperfections, and protects compromised skin.
My Thoughts: Ooh boy. I have not hated a product like this in a long time. Why do I have such a distaste for this cream? It’s not the smell, although it is noticeable. It’s the fact that it pills HORRIBLY. No matter what I put over or under it, it would pill up in little balls and waste the rest of my skincare products.
I have heard that the latest formula has solved the pilling problem, but I’m not sure I want to spend another $99 to see if that’s true. As it stands, this cream is decidedly not worth it.
Peptides & Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment
What It Is: A daily leave-on treatment supercharged with multiple peptides, 7 Brighteners, 9 Antioxidants and a 16.5% Repair Complex to firm and repair all skin types and conditions.
What It Does: De-puffs, firms and tightens skin, hydrates tired, worn-out skin, promotes the effect of a good night’s sleep, plumps with healing moisture and nutrients, soothes skin, calms redness and protects against pollution.
My Thoughts: I absolutely laid into the other cream from Allies of Skin because I had such a poor experience with it. This moisturizer is the complete opposite of the green cream – it is INCREDIBLE. I had heard so many rave reviews of the peptides moisturizer before purchasing but was still really nervous about the $109 price tag. After a week all my fears were calmed- this really is that good.
My skin looks worlds different when I use this. It is smooth, calm and plump. It appears firmer and stronger and healthier, and even though I’m not concerned with wrinkles yet I know this would help with those too. I use 2-3 pumps with each application and still have so much product left, so while $109 is a lot I think it is worth it. If you use my code AMBER20, you can get this incredible product for $88.
Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial
What It Is: A nightly leave-on treatment mask (pH 5.2-5.7) supercharged with a powerful blend of 2% Dioic Acid, 15 Antioxidants + Brighteners, Silver & Organic Rosehip Oil.
What It Does: Improves the appearance of imperfections and skin texture, and visibly brightens.
My Thoughts: This is an effective overnight treatment if you suffer from acne and texture – the ingredients alone demonstrate that. But it is the most expensive product in the line and for such a costly investment, I expect to see life-changing results. But truthfully, I didn’t experience any. With this product, I saw some improvement in blemishes but nothing more noticeable than with other quality acne-fighting products I’ve used. I will keep using to see if my thoughts change, as I still have a lot of product left, but I’m on the fence as to if it’s worth it.
1A Retinal & Peptides Overnight Mask
What It Is: A multitasking overnight mask with 0.05% retinaldehyde, peptide complex, antioxidants & brighteners.
What It Does: Brightens dull, lifeless skin, nourishes dehydrated, stressed skin, ameliorates the appearance of imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles and offers all the reparative and renewing properties of Retinol without any of the traditional irritation.
My Thoughts: This is one of my few experiences with retinal. I have used it successfully with no irritation, definitely impressive when it comes to such a strong ingredient. But, like the other overnight mask, I didn’t see any significant change to my skin. I think this is another product that might take some more time to determine whether it’s worth it or not.
**These reviews will be updated as I try out new and updated products to their line.
Where Can I Purchase AOS products?
Allies of Skin products can be purchased on their website, or alternatively on Dermstore. In certain countries, the products are available on Sephora.
The Most Important Question: Is Allies of Skin Worth It?
This is a tough question. I like a lot of products from Allies of Skin as I’ve outlined above. I feel that certain ones are worth the steep price tag – the hydrating serum, mandelic serum, and peptides moisturizer for sure. But with the other products, I just didn’t see the type of effect I expected with such expensive products – even after testing exclusively for 6 weeks with some of the products.
The answer to this question is: it depends on the product. If you want to test some of their line out, definitely use my code AMBER20 to save yourself some money!
Allies of Skin is a well thought out, quality skincare line. Nicholas has created some incredible formulas and clearly values transparency and effectiveness, two things that really impress me. While not every product worked amazingly for me (nor should I expect every product to), I have found a few products within his line that have earned holy grail status. I look forward to seeing what else is in store for AOS, and will definitely be testing their new releases & updating this post.
26 thoughts on “Allies of Skin: The Brutally Honest Review You Need To Read”
This brand overview is great! I have been seeing so many of their products on instagram, and go to the website…but don’t commit because of the price. I totally want to try the peptide serum and cleanser first. Thanks again for a great review!
I am such a skin product whore…this review is wonderful. I currently have a cabinet full of Augustinus Bader and was going to try the Allies label. Thank you.
Ooh I’m curious about Augustinus Bader – I think they’re similarly hyped to AOS. Pricey skincare is always so interesting to try (although painful for our wallets!)
I’ve seen so many influencers raving about this brand . Glad to see a full line review. ???
Wow ? I love your honesty in every product review of this brand . This is one brand I really want to try but it’s so expensive. Thanks to this blog post I can go back and read each product reviews what you think and how it worked for you and that can help me choose products from this brand when I can afford to . Thanks for always writing a well written review. It helps me with my decision weather to buy a product or not ?????.
If you cut open that cleanser, then I know it just HAD to be good ?
Yessss!!! Allies of skin.
I would definitely want to try the cleanser. The mist is a little pricey for me to justify for a mist. Vitamin c is everything to me so I would definitely justify that. Other than the cleanser and vitamin c I would have to like you find the perfect time to buy them so I’m not splurging on products I have too many of at the moment.
I want to try the cleanser. Vitamin c is everything to me so I would definitely justify that. Other than the cleanser and vitamin c I would have to like you find the perfect time to buy them so I’m not splurging on products I have too many of at the moment.
I had this review open when I was about to make my AOS black friday purchase. I have a bit of regret I didn’t make the purchase but I know I need to finish my products first. This seems like the kind of brand that once you try it and realize the quality, you never want to go back. That’s part of what’s stopping me form even trying one thing.
Thank you so much for the thorough reviews on these products. This is definitely a brand that I wanted to try out but with the hefty price tag I need to save and make sure I’m in need of products before I make the purchase. This write up is something I will refer back to before making a purchase! I know I told you this on Instagram but I really want you to try TO alpha arbutin, it is so inexpensive and a product I saw immediate results from, plumping of my skin and smoothing out of texture. I’m so curious to know if you get the same results!
Ok ok ok now I definitely want to try the hydrating serum, night corrector serum, and firming daily treatment! What a great review! I didn’t know a ton about this brand previously so-thank you! ❤️
This just made me want to buy these even more!!
Was just shopping AOS for black Friday and wish I saw this sooner! So helpful thank you!
I love honest reviews! This was very detailed and now I really want to try the daily moisterizer and mandelic serum! Wow. They both sound amazing. I will need to save up a lot but it seems like it will be worth it for those two! ☺
This is the first blog post I ever read through because I’m so enamored with the idea of the brand. Never tried! I’m grateful for your diligence in reviewing ?
I love this review of the products. I am dying to try their moisturizers. I just can’t bring myself to spend so much.
It seems like they really put in a lot of work into research before coming up with these products. The mandelic acid and hyaluronic acid were already on my list and after reading this I’d probably add the cleanser ??
Their products are quite pricey, but I have tired one of their mandelic pigmentation serum and I have to say it’s really good.
Thank you so much for these reviews! I’m so overwhelmed with their products this gives me a good direction to point to!
Oh wow! I’d love to try this brand sometime!
I have been super intrigued about this brand lately. So many people have amazing things to say about them
After reading your views about the products, I’m really not sure I would buy most of them. The only products I found interesting are the cleanser and the peptide moisturiser. For blemishes I would just go with good molecules.
Thanks for all the info! It’s nice to hear reviews when a product/line is not given for the product review!
I’m glad you brought up the essential oils in one of the products and that you know of them re formulating without the EOs. I’m hoping that applies to all the products because upon looking at the ingredients list of the 1A Retinal product I was highly disappointed to find Lavandula Hybrida Oil. Obviously essential oils are known irritants but especially those of the lavender family even at low doses. So a brand claiming to be about only the best ingredients with purpose and non skin compromising I found it very strange to see essential oils being used but also one being used in a retinal formula. I’m hoping it being currently sold out is because it’s being reformulated without the Lavandula Hybrida Oil.