First of all, I think it's so cool that you're doing your own individual thing-- not just what every other guy is doing. Also, you're willingness to pay a little more for a real men's cologne means that you appreciate quality. So, a high-5 on that, too!
I suggest that you try one of the Giorgio Armani fragrances for men, like "Code", "Mania", "Emporium" or "Acqua di Gio". All of the Armani fragrances have a clean, fresh and sporty scent-- good for young men. They're great for everyday use and not too heavy (as long as you don't overdo it!).
Also, don't buy a new cologne at a big department store. Go to a small perfume store in a mall or shopping center. They usually sell the small half-ounce bottles (travel-size) for about $10. So, you can do a test-run with 2 or 3 colognes for a few weeks, and see which scent best matches your body chemistry and you like most. After you've selected your favorite one, then you won't mind buying the pricier $60-$75 bottle.
Enjoy your style! Good luck.