About a month ago Oh So Heavenly sent me their Set The Tone facial range. I’ve already tried their Healthy Balance skin care products previously (see full review here) and while it didn’t do wonders for my skin type, it wasn’t completely awful. I was elated to try the Set The Tone range because as some of you might know, I do have some pigmentation as well as slight discoloration on my face. I started with these products a day after I got them and after weeks of use, I’m ready to give you guys my verdict.
With anti-oxidant rich pomegranate and goji berry extracts, this product claims to leave your face smooth and radiant. The texture is a little bit thick and feels more like a clay wash. It dries really fast on my face and I find the exfoliating beads to burn my skin. I think it might be a bit too rough for my sensitive skin because the same thing happened with the Oh So Heavenly face wash in this range – it burnt my skin but not my mom or my sisters. I did try it a few more times and while it does cleanse the skin well, it leaves my face feeling stripped of it’s natural oils. On the packaging it states to use this twice a day – morning and evening – but I personally think once a day is enough, unless you have severe oily skin/clogged pores. Whatever you do, do not get this in your eyes. It got into my eyes by accident and oh man how it stung!
Set The Tone Dark Spot Corrector (30ml) – R89.99Claims: “Set The Tone Dark Spot Corrector 30 ml is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, dark marks and uneven skin tone. Infused with anti-oxidant rich pomegranate and goji berry extracts and an active even tone complex with B-resorcinol to help reduce melanin production that can cause dark marks. Over 4 weeks, pigmentation and dark spots are reduced and skin is left looking more radiant with a more even skin tone.”
I apply this all over my face after cleansing. It has a very thin consistency. On the face it feels like a serum but without the oiliness. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel heavy at all. On the packaging it says this product could cause skin to be more sensitive towards the sun, so you should use a broad spectrum sunscreen or at least an SPF of 15 when using this product as well as for a week after discontinued use. The day cream in this range has an SPF of 15 so I used that product in conjunction with this. I didn’t experience any extra sensitivity to my skin so I think the SPF15 Day Cream in this range did it’s job well.
Set The Tone Daily Lotion (50ml) – R79.99 I apply this over the dark spot corrector. Similar to the dark spot corrector the consistency of this is quite thin so it layers well over it. It absorbs easily without leaving a greasy residue or shine on the face. It doesn’t make my pores feel clogged and doesn’t “pull” or sting my face. It left my skin feeling soft and plump. Around 1pm when I take ablution (a ritual performed my Muslims where we wash our limbs – hands, mouth, nose, face, arms, forehead, ears, feet – before prayer) my skin has already soaked up most of the product and I just rinse it once to get rid of any excess product before taking ablution.. so in that sense the product soaks into the skin well. I *loathe when a face product still feels very gooey around 1pm because it makes getting all the excess product off – before ablution – quite a task. After ablution I didn’t feel the need to reapply this product as my face didn’t feel dry.
Even Tone SPF15 Day Cream (50ml) – R79.99This product is quite tricky. When it’s cold (which it usually is in the mornings) this becomes really stiff in the container and it’s so thick and gooey. I have to scoop some out and warm it up in my palms before applying as it’s pretty much a blob of product that’s just very thick. Kind of like coconut oil, only this doesn’t turn into an oil. Because of this product’s thickness it doesn’t “melt” into my skin well. It sort of just sits on top of my skin and as a result my pores feel clogged. I stuck it out and wore it a few times just to see how it performs throughout the day but I definitely didn’t like it as much as the daily face cream. It felt like I had a mask on my face and when the time for ablution came I struggled to wash it off because it was quite gooey. Because the instructions for the dark spot corrector state to wear an SPF of at least 15, after wearing this one and it not working for me I just switched back to my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense. Though I didn’t use the SPF when I was just at home all day, I didn’t experience any adverse effects using a different SPF product on days when I went out.
When I opened this product I saw these little holes and it grossed me out SO badly. Just looking at this image gives me the creeps..I scooped some product from that area and the product returned to normal. I think the holes were just maybe due to heat or something. It didn’t smell funky or anything and was still good to use, so I did. I just wanted to mention it in case you guys buy it and the same things happens – it’s not old.
Same as the day cream, this is very thick but because it’s a night cream the consistency works as it’s meant to stay on and work it’s magic throughout the night. While it does leave my tzone a tad oily in the mornings, it’s nothing out of the ordinary and is sorted once I wash my face. I didn’t use this every single night because I don’t have severe dry skin but if you do, I would recommend using it every night. I personally feel like the face wash, dark spot corrector and day lotion was enough for my combination skin.
After 4 or 5 weeks my skin really did look more even, so I’m quite pleased to let you know that these products do work. It just takes longer than a higher end skincare product does. In my honest opinion I do not think this range is comparable to high end skincare but, for the price and the long term performance it’s a great option for those who cannot spend R500-R1000+ on skincare. I’m completely hooked on the daily cream as well as the dark spot corrector and will definitely repurchase those 2 products over and over again as it does what it says and does it really well at that. One thing I must mention is that these products only work when used in conjunction with each other. For example, if you only use the dark spot corrector with a different face cream it doesn’t layer as well as it does with the face cream in this range and also ends up not working. So definitely use these in conjunction with each other to see results. Because it’s so affordable though, I don’t think getting the whole range should be a hassle. It’s currently on a 3 for 2 promotion until the 22nd of July at Clicks so if you wanted to try this out, now would be the time to save some extra cash. You can shop the range in store on online from Clicks here. Oh So Heavenly is cruelty free and some of their products are vegan, so that’s a big plus!
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge but that in no way affects my opinion. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.