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GIVEAWAY! + 10 matte liquid lipsticks you’ll love – & they’re made by a 16-year-old genius

These are the only mattes that matter.

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Presented in partnership with Sweet Zeek.

 

When it comes to of-the-moment trends, there’s nothing in makeup quite as big as the liquid matte lip.

Need proof? Scroll through your Insta feed and take note of just how many of your favorite celebrity lip looks include a matte finish.

When it comes to of-the-moment trends, there's nothing in makeup quite as big as the liquid matte lip. Cue: #SweetZeek. Click To Tweet

So when we discovered Sweet Zeek, we fell in love with the sixteen-year-old founder, Zenab Mir, because her personality and ethos shine through in every shade of matte lippie she creates. Naturally, we couldn’t help ourselves: we asked Zenab to tell us more about what inspired each of her halal, cruelty-free lipsticks.

Oh, and she’s also giving away the gorgeous matte lipsticks to three lucky winners – so here’s to snagging your fave color. I couldn’t resist: I’ve gathered up ten of the lipsticks that are totally irresistible.

Win a 🔥fire🔥 matte lipstick to up your look!

You ready for this?

1. Not everything in life is planned, so Relative Theory is right on time.

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This is a subtle but pretty shade with a great backstory.

“Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicted that the space-time around Earth would be not only warped but also twisted by the planet’s rotation,” says Zenab. “The essence of this idea made me realize that not everything in life is linear or turns out how we planned. But no matter what twists life creates, it’s a beautiful process. And if we embrace it, we can be all be part of something special.”

Get the shade right here!

2. She’s All Laney is the ultimate ode to She’s All That. Transformation? Check.

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A deep, autumnal pink She’s All Laney is the perfect feminine shade for the change of seasons. Zenab says it’s a reference to, “one of my favorite movies of all time, She’s All That. The main character Laney is someone I totally relate to- awkward, weird, and a social outcast. I’ll admit, I’d totally swoon over Freddy Prince Jr.”

Get the shade right here!

3. Milhouse Thrillhouse is for every diehard Simpsons‘ fan!

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He might not be a style icon, but this color inspired by the iconic nerd, Milhouse is drop-dead gorgeous. For Zenab, he was an obvious choice: “I’m a huge Simpson’s fan and of course one of my favorite nerds of all time is Milhouse. He’s my nerd crush with those red glasses, blue hair, and flood pants!”

Get the shade right here!

4. We can all rock The Force, no matter what.

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“When Obi-Wan Kenobi first told Luke Skywalker ‘It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together,'” Zenab told us that there was a time when her older sister told her something very similar, “We all have The Force inside us, and we just have to learn how to tap into it. It’s what makes us all unique and what gives us each our own special powers.” Yeah. Powerful.

Get the shade right here!

5. Are you about to lay down some truth? Lay down that Bazinga!

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Zenab has a great story behind this beautiful coffee color. “Back in grade eight, a group of kids in my class always use to make fun of me. One day they had to do a presentation for the class on the greenhouse effect. When it was time for questions, I called them out on their diagram that showed how pollution was directly destroying the ozone layer. I was like, ‘Actually, it’s the chlorine from CFCs that steals an oxygen atom from the ozone molecule and then breaks down to release the same chlorine atom repeating the cycle. What are you… like, stupid?’ BAZINGA!”

'We all have The Force inside us, and we just have to learn how to tap into it. It’s what makes us all unique and what gives us each our own special powers.' -Zenab of #SweetZeek Click To Tweet

Get the shade right here!

 

Win a 🔥fire🔥 matte lipstick to up your look!

 

6. You’re So DOS brings early computing back!

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A brilliant, shimmery pink color, You’re So DOS is a reference to early computing. “I learned that long ago, before the time of Microsoft Windows and Apple, there was a thing called DOS (disk operating system) that needed to be loaded into every computer in order to begin operating it! Talk about ancient technology.”

Get the shade right here!

7. Ready to channel classic video games with Sephiroth?

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The shimmery, bubblegum pink color in the collection is a reference to one of the most beloved and seminal video games of all time. “Every nerd has a favorite video game that they can play for hours. Mine is Final Fantasy VII. The main antagonist is Sephiroth who possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance, and reflexes. A master swordsman, he can create beams of energy by swinging his Masamune and cut through solid metal and concrete.”

Get the shade right here!

8. Poindexter isn’t for the faint of heart.

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We love the moody, deep wine color of Poindexter almost as much as the heartwarming family story that inspired the name.

“My grandfather first came to Canada back in the late 1960s, and back then he used to wear those glasses that Malcolm X wore,” Zenab explains. “It turned out his classmates considered those to be quite nerdy and called him ‘Poindexter,’ which is slang for ‘nerd.’ Looks like being nerdy runs in my genes.”

Get the shade right here!

9. Whenever you feel like showing every bit of yourself, Urkel is here to help out.

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A deep, dark chocolate color, Urkel is here for moments you want to make a statement. “Back in the 90s during the time of great family sitcoms, there was a particular show called Family Matters that starred one of the biggest nerds of all time: Steve Urkel. My friends have told me I sometimes snort-laugh like Urkel.”

Get the shade right here!

10. Clark Kent is here to help you shed those pesky fears.

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Sometimes, a swipe of bright red lipstick is all you need to feel like you can take on the world. “The story of Superman has resonated a lot with me lately, especially after I launched my business. I feel that despite our outward appearances, there’s a hero inside all of us. Sometimes it takes a little courage to shed the fears and taunts of the outside world, and unleash the superhero inside.”

Get the shade right here!

 

Win a 🔥fire🔥 matte lipstick to up your look!

Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Katherine serves as Managing Editor of The Tempest. A lifelong nomad and Third Culture Kid, Katie, as she's known to her friends, is passionate about storytelling, feminism, foreign affairs, and wine. Before joining The Tempest, she worked in marketing and communications in Germany, Palestine, India and the USA. When she's not working, she's throwing dinner parties, taking photos or putting her Art History degree to good use as she explores Europe.

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