Instead of: MAC Filament Eye Shadow, $13.08
Try: CoverGirl Snow Blossom Eye Shadow, $3.19
MAC's Filament is a light, silvery-white eye shadow with just a touch of sparkle. It works perfectly as a highlight for under the brow bone and on the inner corners of the eyes. I find that it really makes me look wide awake—even when I've been up most of the night with my teething toddler. The color is opaque, but if you get the eye shadow just a tiny bit wet, the color pay-off is much better. There are a few downsides to this expensive eye shadow: the fallout is horrendous—I tend to get more eye shadow on my cheeks than my eyelids when I'm in a hurry. I also find that Filament fades after a couple of hours.
CoverGirl sells the same eye shadow for only $3! Snow Blossom (don't you just adore that name?) is the same sheer white color and applies perfectly as a highlight. I'll admit, Snow Blossom does have the same fallout issue as Filament, but I take advantage of the double-ended sponge applicator—instead of using a brush—to reduce some of the mess. I actually like Snow Blossom better than Filament. It applies the same way and actually stays on my eyes all day long. Plus, the name kind of makes me feel like a fairy princess.