Not wrong - totally right! Application can make all the difference in the world with some scents. Maybe even most scents. I have retrieved frags from the "sell list" by discovering the proper application. Cloyingness, sharpness, too strong, too weak - they can all be fixed by optimal application.
My favorite way to daub without wasting from a spray bottle is to just put the spray head next to the skin and press very, very slowly, so that liquid runs out onto one spot. Works like a charm.