MAC Lip Pencil in Dervish
By Contributor: Tejinder Kaur
Today I will review and swatch a lip pencil from MAC named Dervish. I bought two pencils of which one I have already reviewed and now want to share my views on this one. It is the perfect lip pencil to use when in a hurry. I quickly line and fill my lips with it and then pop a little clear gloss or lip balm on top to makes lips look juicer or healthy so it does not take more than a minute while leaving early morning for work.
Mac Claims: A pencil with smooth, creamy texture designed for perfectly shaping,lining or filing in the lips. Available in a wide selection of colours that work well with many different lipstick shades.They are long lasting and colour of lip Pencils is protected by vitamin E which acts as an anti-oxidant. It can be worn alone, with lipstick, or lip-gloss. Formulated for a soft, creamy application! Smudge-free and long-lasting definition of the lips!
Mac Dervish is a cooler pink shade with brown beige undertone. It is one of the nude shades which match the natural colour of my lips perfectly. Also it looks amazingly well with smokey eyes. It can be used under number of lipsticks like mac Craving, Taupe, Syrup, “O” and Sandy “B” lipsticks. It is perfect for defining the lips and makes them look sharper. You can also make your lips look bigger by lining outside the edges if you have thin lips.
I would say you can even use it on its own as it’s a very pretty shade. It helps to prevent colour from bleeding and to keep vibrant lipsticks stay on longer and the glosses in place. It’s decently pigmented as two or more swipes on lips build up the colour. It provides an average coverage to pigmented lips.
The staying power is great at almost 6-7 hours. The texture is very soft. It is quite creamy and buttery in texture. You need to pull and tug to make it more intense. When applied on the lips it gives a matte finish and makes lips a bit drier so I recommend a lip balm first to make the application smooth. You can apply any lip balm or gloss which can take care of the dryness part. The formula is very nice and you can use it while lining the outer edges of lips and best used underneath a more opaque lipstick and one that is slightly hydrating or moisturizing. The range comes in a wide variety of shades that work with many different lipstick shades. It works as a soft base for pink, peach and brown lipsticks. The great thing about this shade is it seems to work on all skin tones. It is a neutral lip liner that brightens up the complexion and goes great with all looks.
Packaging: This pencil comes in a black box where all the necessary information is given. The pencil itself is greyish in colour and the pencil top matches with the pencil shade. So it’s easy to locate shades and you can pick it out the shade easily if you hoard so many. You have to sharpen this pencil as its not retractable. It is very light weight and quite sturdy so can be carried in purse while travelling.
Swatch of Mac Dervish in natural light
And this is how Mac Dervish looks on my lips
My lip swatches with Dervish
And this is how the lip pencil looks on my face
My FOTD with Dervish
Pros of Mac Dervish Lip Pencil:
- A nude cool tone shade
- Can be used on its own or underneath any lipstick
- Creamy and soft texture
- Does not smudge at all
- Colour doesn’t transfer
- Does not get patchy
- Stays on longer for around 7-8 hours
- Suitable for all Indian skin tones.
Cons of the Mac Lip Pencil:
- Can make yours lips drier on application
- Need to use lip gloss or balm over it to get rid of dryness
- No sharpener comes with it
- It can accentuate lines but does not settle
- It provides medium coverage to pigmented lips.
VNA Rating: 4/5
Final Verdict: Mac Dervish Lip Pencil is a shade which is the closest to my natural lip colour and makes my lips look fuller without looking unnatural. Its a good nude pink shade which can work with fair to medium Indian skin tones. It can be used on its own with a clear lip balm or gloss on top or can be used under other lipsticks to make them stay on for longer. It can also be used to define the lip edges and make the lips look fuller by lining outside the lip lines.