This App Will Find Your New Favorite Lipstick Shade in a Way You Never Imagined Possible

Love the color of that red, fallen leaf? You're a click away from makeup that matches it.
Publish date:
October 26, 2015
technology, apps, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, ShadeScout

Fall is the perfect time of year to be inspired by color. And now, you can create a personal collection of fall-inspired blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks from literally anything you come across.

So, what do you want to match? Lipstick? Gloss? Blush? All you have to do is take a photo (or upload one), use ShadeScout's the eyedropper tool to select a specific shade in the image, and hit “Scout Color.” Instantly, the app offers up a bunch of shades from various brands that match your swatch perfectly.

Better yet, when you tap on one of the suggested shades, your phone uses the front facing camera to help you virtually “try-on” your selection. (It’s sort of like what Snapchat is doing with face-tracking filters, but more practical.) From here you can “heart” specific recommendations, which are saved to a list you can refer to later (like when you’re actually in a store swatching the products).

No time for that? Hit the green cart button and the app takes you directly to a site offering the product you want. Think Macy’s, Sephora and the like.

On the way home from work I grabbed a few autumn leaves I may or may not regret touching (the perks of living downtown?), and as a diehard red lipstick fan, I was sure to pick up a few of the red-orange and plum variety. I tossed in a weird green-yellow one for good measure, because life is all about balance, guys.

Here’s how my experiment went:


Best Suggested Shades:


Best Suggested Shades:


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Not bad, right?

I love how they offer up shades from Revlon and CoverGirl right alongside my favourite high-end brands like Givenchy and Make Up For Ever. It makes going to swatch either in person significantly less stressful. As far as I can tell, no one really likes crouching down awkwardly in a crowded store and swatching a bunch of lipsticks—I know I don’t. This will make that experience so much easier!

  • Have any of you tried ShadeScout? Are you into this app as much as I am?
  • If you could match to a lipstick to something, what would it be?