Wednesday, September 16, 2009

L'Oreal Color of Hope & Hopeful Plum

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 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.


  1. These are very nice. I hadn't heard about them, thank you for showing this!

  2. Hi, I really like Hopefully Plum. I'm so behind on the new releases,for drugstore polishes.

  3. So pretty!!! And I agree, it's a wonderful cause, you can't go wrong with these.

  4. These are two important polishes everyone should buy. If you don't donate specifically to ovarain cancer at least buy the L'Oreal products. Every little bit helps as Mary says. Little bits add up! I love Hopeful Plum it's pretty deep plum and shimmer. Color of Hope is a lovely shade also. They both look lovely on you Mary. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

  5. Oh, these are both lovely, but I especially like Hopeful Plum. I hadn't seen either of these, so thank you for the swatches and the info!

  6. 'Hopeful Plum' looks like my ideal fall colour.. Thankies for sharing!!

  7. I will have to looks for these! I haven't seen them yet! Thanks for sharing! I love a good cause too!

  8. Thank you for this! Both colours look lovely on you :)

  9. I am going to seek out Hopeful Plum. Thank you, Mary, for bringing these polishes and their benefit to cancer research to my attention.

  10. Mighty Lambchop~you're very welcome. Nice colors and a good cause.

    Velvet~thanks! There are so many collections coming out everywhere, I'm losing track (and go broke!).

    Euridice~glad you like them! Hopeful Plum caught my eye, but Color of Hope is a nice subtle shade.

    Lucy~I totally agree with you. Hopefully someday there will be a cure, but in the meantime, we'll keep buying polishes to support the cause :)

    Nicole~I just happened to see a full display, so they just came out. There's only 2 slots for each polish, so I would hope they have extras to restock it.

    Delaynee~isn't it a pretty shade? I lovve the shimmer in it.

    Kitty~so many good causes out there, but cancer is right up at the top.

    Pinkginger~you're welcome :) Happy you like them.

    Diana~no problem, my job is to not only inform you, but get you to buy more polishes! A serious cause, but we can have fun helping out.