There is really no straight formula. There may be designer scents that are comparable or better than some niche. There may be drugstore classics that do that. Niche or designer doesn't really guarantee quality nor value. And in the end, it's very personal and subjective. Your nose will decide.
It really depends on what scent and which house. You'll quickly learn which ones, once you spend some time here.You want to test and experiment as much as possible.
Good luck and have fun!