Above & Below: Hopeful Plum is shown above in partial sun (first picture) and full sun (second picture). Below is Color of Hope in partial sun (first picture) and full sun (second picture).
L'Oreal recently introduced their LE collection called Color of Hope, which includes 2 polishes. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and L'Oreal is donating $1.00 from the sale of each item (the collection also includes 2 eye shadow quads, 2 lip glosses and 1 lip stick) to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Like many of you I'm sure, I have lost too many people I love to this disease and hope that someday there will be a cure. My purchase of these shades was two-fold...do even the smallest deed to contribute to a cause that effects each and every one of us, and get 2 new polishes in the process.
Hopeful Plum is a red based shade of purple with tiny gold shimmer. The shimmer appears as a thin gold veil in the bottle, not quite like veining, but more as an overlay to the base color. Once applied, the flecks of gold are quite evident, although still on the subtle side. This is a beautiful Fall shade and the way the shimmer pieces present themselves on the nail is somewhat unique and very pretty. Color of Hope is also a shimmer, but the shimmer in this one is more evenly distributed throughout the polish, giving it an allover shimmer, rather than distinct or different colors of shimmer than the base color. This shade could be described as a muted salmon or a peachy taupe color. Both polishes seemed to be on the thicker side, so I added 4 drops of thinner to them. I used 3 thin coats to achieve the look and although the formula on these is not the best, the cause behind them is one I believe in. Combine that thought with the fact that I like the shades, especially Hopeful Plum, and it was money well spent. These are available at Walgreen's and other drug store chains, as well as Ulta for about $4.99 each.