Distributed by S.Black in the UK and Germany, the two further pigments, Ronastar blue and Copper, are said to offer highly desirable characteristics for colour cosmetics - such as gloss, high transparency and multi-colour sparkling effects. Providing ingredients for many industries, such as the food and nutrition markets, flavours, healthcare and household, the company has created the new pigments to expand on the success of the established sparkle collection - incorporated in a broad range of colour cosmetics, skincare and toiletry applications. Bringing a new multi-colour effect to the collection, the blue interference pigment is said to display a blue colour, with touches of pink. The company is targeting manufacturers of many colour cosmetic applications, such as powders, lip products and even nail care. However, the Ronastar Copper pigment will no doubt generate the most interest from the cosmetics industry, with the ingredient especially designed for use in self-tanning formulas, which are in high demand due to the coming summer months. Available in both Germany and the UK via S.Black and worldwide with Merck KGaA, the pigment has been designed with a unique coating technology that prevents interaction with DHA formulations. Targeting the growing desire from consumers for products that offer multiple benefits, the company has created the particle based on calcium aluminium borosilicatem with a particle size of 10-100 microns - which creates a glittering effect achieved in creams and emulsions. However, a backlash has been heralded against the micro-segmentation trend in the US, with many companies now beginning to steer clear of the multiple functions of cosmetic products. Market research company Euromonitor highlighted to CosmeticsDesign-europe that the growing backlash against this phenomenon, is due to many innovations being seen as confusing, instead promoting the use of simple, yet effective products.