I'm not a fan, nor do I own them, so I cannot comment on getting compliments (I don't get any anyway). I find CB pleasant and agreeable, but kind of uninspiring. But for this reason I don't think it will encounter any objection. I don't like SDV, it's too strong and boozy, it reminds me of the Italian ice cream flavor once called malaga (rhum and vanilla), certainly not something I want to wear. But if I recall previous threads here, it seems SDV has many lovers. So I'd say if you want to go with something safer, CB; if you really have a soft spot for SDV, and are willing to endure some turn-downs, but also some loves by others, then SDV. Still, I find things like, say, Caron pour un homme or Shalimar vastly superior in vanillic territories.
Probably I'd prefer TI to the two. Not that it is particularly inspiring either, but I feel it more refined and complex than CB.
EDIT: didn't see your latest post. I think you nailed the difference between the two - so it's really what you want. Perhaps what you should take from my post is that SDV could come off as ice cream to some. Not a good thing in my book.