Because it's layerable, Midnight Blue can be used alone to create a smokey look. You just need to deposit more powder on the areas you want to define, e.g outer corners of the eyes. But that would require good blending skills as this eyeshadow is intense, no joke. I don't have really good hands so I use Edward Bess Storm eyeshadow on the inner corner and to soften the edges. The result is modern and sexy (I think ;;)).
Swatched under direct sunlight
Like other Burberry eyeshadows, Midnight Blue has buttery smooth texture that is soft without over powdery. It glides on like a charm and very easy to blend.
Midnight Blue does produce fall-outs during application, which dark eyeshadows tend to behave anyway, but stays fresh 10 hours after that with a standard primer. I would recommend you finish the eyes before doing the base and use a tissue to cover under eye areas from fall-outs.
Bottom line. Phenomenal color and quality. Multi-dimensional, Midnight Blue is a perfect candidate for smokey eyes look with single color. The purple undertone makes it a more wearable blue. A must-have for all the blue lovers!