Queer teenagers, Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) of Heartstopper stole the hearts of millions of viewers across the globe last spring as they navigated high school, friendships, and of course, young love. The show, based on the graphic novel by Alice Oseman, launched its second season on Netflix last week. The premiere coincided with the launch of the Heartstopper x Good Light Cosmetics collaboration. Good Light Cosmetics is an AAPI and queer-owned brand with a “[focus] on moving culture forward by promoting a more inclusive definition of beauty through product and purpose.”
Good Light Cosmtics celebrated their joint venture with Netflix last week at the Bryant Park Hotel. Guests entered the hotel’s theater space which was decorated with Good Light’s products and stickers featuring each member of the Heartstopper’s cast. Guests could grab candy bags filled with delicious British treats like Cadbury chocolate and Maltesers and of course, popcorn bags covered in stickers from the Good Light collection. Each seat included a Good Light Cosmetics tote bag that included a Charlie and Nick figurine, a collector’s edition box of Good Light products (including the Cosmic Dew Water Cleanser, Moon Glow Milky Toning lotion, Order of the Eclipse Hyaluronic Cream, Luna Pimple Patches, Gay Panic magnet and sticker sheet), and a 16 month weekly and monthly planner.
The event kicked off with moving words from Good Light Cosmetic’s founder David Yi, followed by a screening of the first two episodes of Heartstopper’s second season. “This is a brand where we can celebrate who we are, no matter our background, no matter what people say to us, no matter what society deems we should be. On all of our packages the mascot is the moth, not a butterfly. The butterfly gets to bask its wings in the daytime, agulated in pop culture and history. We all love the butterfly, it’s objectively beautiful. But the moth is the ugly stepchild or the ugly sibling, relegated to the darkness, told that it belongs in the shadows. And I feel what is so remarkable about the moth, even in its deepest darkest despair, even when the chips are down, even when society tells you that you don’t deserve to be seen, the moth will always find the light. And so too shall you and so too shall I,” said David.
Heartstopper’s seasons one and two are currently available for streaming on Netflix. Check out the limited edition Heartstopper x Good Light Cosmetics set and keep your eyes peeled for the “Paris Squad” card—you may just end up winning a free year of Netflix and Good Light products!