Clarins 3 Dot Liner – Haven’t we seen you somewhere before!? Oh yes, in Asia

I was gazing at Twitter, sort of in a daydreaming kind of way when I skim read my timeline at work when I noticed several bloggers talking about a ’3 dot eyeliner’ by Clarins (due to be released in September 2012).  3 Dot Liner? I was intrigued I must admit as a huge lover of all kind of liners; liquid liner, gel liner, gel pencils, jumbo pencils etc. etc. PLUS I love a new beauty innovation.

Then I see it, and… well, it’s BB creams hijack all over again.  There’s a million interpretations of the Blemish Balm on the Western market, and whilst some are decent they are no more than glorified tinted moisturisers compared to their Asian cousins. 

Adambeauty

The Clarins 3 Dot Liner (which other Western brands are now releasing) is basically the KATE Frame Impact Marker (I reviewed in 2010 – it was the first time I personally saw this kind of liner, although many Asian brands now do them, including Holika Holika and Etude House.

It’s not something I repurchased as it’s pretty gimmicky and I personally would use a gel liner pencil (like Eyescream which lasts well) under the lashes and to fill in gaps – it’s much quicker than wiggling the stupid 3 Dot liner inbetween the lashes. 

But if you are intrigued, KATE do it in black and brown from Adambeauty ($11.50 & $2 Shipping). 

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Comments

  1. Pretty much my thoughts exactly. But thanks for providing a link to the original, I’ve been looking for it at all the usual places like Sasa and Imomoko but couldn’t find anything because it’s an older product I guess? I’ve also seen some people use it to draw bottom lashes (like Twiggy’s I guess) or to supplement them.

  2. And they keep saying that Asian brands are knock-offs… *snorts*

  3. Too Faced just came out with a liner with this concept/shape as well.

  4. I scoffed when Too Faced came out with their 3 Dot eyeliner, calling it new and innovative.. It’s not, it’s been done before, silly heads!

  5. I love the KATE liner. Unlike you I somehow I find it easier and less time consuming than traditional liner? And yes, bb creams all over again. I’m becoming really sick of seeing bb this and that everywhere now. I had already gotten over the asian craze when the UK hopped on the bandwagon XD

  6. Brands bringing products into the Western mainstream from Asia happens all the time, I don’t think Clarins have claimed the design as their own innovation have they? Have to say I love mine, find it much easier to use than regular gel, helps hugely with my tight lining efforts too.
    No doubt within months budget brands will have their own 3 dot versions at more affordable prices, that can only be a good thing, surely?

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