It is often the scent which seems ho-hum to the wearer which receives the most compliments. I don't own Curve, or Fierce, or many of those but I have similar experiences. Lanvin l'homme for example nets me many compliments which is astounding because the sillage is so timid. If this ever came out in a thicker EDP I think it would be an absolute compliment machine. Simmilarly I find Chopard Homme, Dunhill Desire Blue, Eau du Tzar, Versace Pour Homme (signature I think, the blue bottle one), Fraicher, and Escada's Moon Sparkle all receive lots of compliments. Apart I find most of these to be pretty safe, basic fragrances. Wearable but hardly thrilling.
Once a friend of mine gave me a bottle of Victoria's Secret Very Sexy for Him (the first one) because he found himself allergic to it. Abysmal longevity, but while it lasted it was a compliment machine like nothing else I've ever worn. I found it to be a very generic comp, but it was so crazy when it came to compliments my then-girlfriend actually made me stop wearing it (she didn't find it very thrilling) and I gave it away to a friend after using about a third of the bottle. It made such an impression on him that he heard it was discontinued and now owns six back-up bottles. Its all he wears and whenever I go out with him it doesn't matter what I'm wearing. Could be the most insanely expensive niche thing or designer exclusive, vintage, anything nobody notices but women will all but wait in line to tell him he smells good.
Another is CK Be. Again though the fact that it's scented water makes this odd. If I take an atomizer and freshen up every hour or so I get compliments like crazy.
One of my all-time favourite fragrances, Annick Goutal's Sables, attracts as much criticisms as compliments, and the compliments have little to do with it being a lady killer and everything to do with its sheer strength and in-your-face weirdness. If I walk past someone wearing it they would have to be wearing nose plugs to not notice. Hence criticism and complements are both quite common.
'Are you... wearing fragrance? You smell really weird.' - I get that a lot with Sables. I've been told I smell like curry powder, sand, pancake mix, maple syrup, burnt sugar, a spice rack, the inside of an Asian grocery store, and many other adjectives (weird, odd, funny, etc) besides.
Niche stuff is often criticized for me. Eau de Hadrian? My wife hates it and thinks it smells like prisoners brew. Once when I wore it out shopping a lady next to me in the fruit section kept picking up grapefruits and sniffing them with a horrified expression as if she thought there was some rotten ones hiding out in the pile. I told her it was my perfume and she gave me this look which was priceless. A kind of 'I'm very sorry. It must be hard for you.' look.
Like the way people look at parents when their kids are throwing a tantrum in public XD
On the flipside yesterday I went to the local pharmacy and ended up buying Azzaro Twin, 'love is a game.' and wore it home due to testing it. This was a little cheapie which to me smelled synthetic, but in a jolly way that, for the price and given the fun bottle, put a smile on my face. Not just mine though. I received two compliments before I made it out of the mall.
There are a few niche fragrances I own that do get compliments. Two by Montale: Wild Pears and Sandflowers, one by Opulent Shaik: no.77 (actually this gets compliments like crazy but I wear it very rarely due to the crazy price tag) CSP's L'eau du Gouverneur, and Molinard Homme II and III.
The real oddity comes into it in that solicited compliments are often quite different, and by this I don't mean asking someone what they think of your fragrance, but when I ask people 'which, of all my fragrances, do you think smells the nicest/sexiest/whatever?' when I ask that? Of all the women I know, my wife, family, friends, etc. The top three are Silver Shadow, Givenchy Gentleman vintage and Mandarina Duck Pure Black. Except when it comes to women who are older than me and sometimes even around my age. Then it's usually something very sharp and old school. Monsiuer Worth (ultra sharp old-school fougere from the 60's with an almost medicinal top) and vintage Worth Pour Homme (another old-school fougere of the dirty green style like a muskier Tzar) both get top marks.
Now I haven't thought or worried much about so-called panty droppers in many years. However I would not brand a scent a 'Panty Dropper,' simply because it draws compliments. Not that I'd call any fragrance a Panty Dropper perse, but if we're talking about liquid hug tightener or something that's going to have a noticeable effect or make someone more likely to cosy up to you then I find those endless ranks of fresh spicy scents and aquatics don't tend to fit the bill.
The Dreamer is a good example of a scent which doesn't seem to draw many compliments but which can have a very noticeable effect on the opposite sex.
In one review I heard someone call Pure Black 'liquid hug tightener,' and I'd totally agree. Whenever I hug someone wearing this something happens. They might simply say I smell nice, but it's always something.
I also heard someone right here on basenotes claim Givenchy Gentleman could make ones head go 'all kindsa places,' and once again I'm inclined to agree. Rarely complimented (on younger guys at least, I've had a few though) but oft-noticed and certainly this one has a noticable effect.
Then there's the 'smell like her dad,' strategy. Preferred stock, English Leather, Old Spice, Brut, Canoe, Royal Copenhagen, Musk for Men, and many other a classic 'dad' cologne has featured in anecdotes I've heard about the potential benefits of smelling like a woman's dad.
Also, random note? Dana's Monsieur Musk (a watered down reformulation of the Houbigant version) which really just smells like soap with a touch of leather and a hint of chemical musk, or the modern Worth Pour Homme (a similar soapy/leathery scent but infinitely better) have for me both caused seriously unexpected reactions on the part of one women I know. To the point where she told me to stop wearing them and I was happy to because it was getting uncomfortable.
Fragrance, and it's effect on women is a subject of endless depth and continual surprises.