Turn your phone into a virtual beauty counter

Has one of your favorite lipsticks been discontinued?

Do you want to make sure you really like a color before splurging?

Are you a germ-a-phobe?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of the above questions, hop over to the App Store (or Google Play) and get ShadeScout ASAP.

This innovative app is all about color-search technology, and it takes virtual try-on and color matching to a whole different level. Naturally I downloaded the app before sitting down to write this post, and it was so fun that an hour went by before I got back to my computer.

Here’s the gist: Scan any color you come across and the app serves up cosmetic options from 40+ brands. From there, you can narrow the results down to a particular makeup category and try them on virtually.

I found myself scanning a lampshade, flowers, my rug and a handful of lipsticks to test the app’s accuracy. Then a list of color swatches from brands like Make Up For Ever, Bobbi Brown, NARS and more appeared on the right side of my screen. Once I hit “try on,” the camera flipped to selfie mode and a little set of lips in the selected color miraculous aligned with my lips. From there I tapped on the other swatches to see the subtle differences. Then I selected eyeshadow for the same color snap and low and behold, it appeared on my eyes instantly!

The app also allows you save your favorites, buy anything directly from your phone, and share your test-drive results on social media to get feedback from friends. Not only is this super-useful, it’s beyond entertaining as well. I can’t wait to bust it out at my next girl’s night so we can play with crazy colors—no makeup remover required.