yeah, covering them up definitely looks cheap (as do eyebrows)... i was temporarily satisfied with my old halogens when i put 35% tint over them... made the headlight grey-ish and the orange a darker shade.
Eventually i upgraded to LCI halogens and blacked them out myself and put some LUX AE led lights in there and they're good to go... last step is to code them i guess.
So if you got new quarter panels (i'm assuming the front?), why not go for the M3 replica ones since you already opted for the m3 rep hood? they sell them on Umnitza's website
WTB: 3 Stage Intake Manifold and components - PM me your asking price.