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Restrained Elegance

Pay Site features the fetish photography of Hywel Phillips. Here he presents high quality softcore bondage pictures.

Primary Niche: BDSM
Secondary Niches: All FetishesNude Photography

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Cost & Billing

Monthly: $39.95 (recurs at $29.95/mo.)
Monthly: $47.95 (non-recurring)
Multi-Mo: $99.95 (3 months, non-recurring)
1 Year: $249.95 (recurring)
1 Year: $299.95 (non-recurring)
Payment: Mastercard, Online Check, VISA
CC Processor: Primary: SurfNet Corp.


Quantity: 132+ Scenes (approx. 19 min. each)
Format #1: Flash (in-browser), bit unknown, 768x432 (streaming)
Format #2: Flash (in-browser), 4500k, 1920x1080 (downloadable)
Notes: Movies can be resized in browser. Formats are for latest movies and mobile formats are available; some archived videos have lower specs.


Quantity: 51342+ Total Pics
Zip Files: Yes (Multiple size zips are available)


Exclusivity: All content is exclusive (advertised as 100% exclusive.).
Download Limit: No information found in the terms and conditions.
Models: 152 Models
Other: Forum, blog, behind-scenes clips, store, drawings, comics

Site Launched: Apr 2001
Facts Updated: 12-09-14
Listed Date: Dec '03

Content Updates

Update Log: Yes
Content Dated: Yes
Last Content Update:
12-09-14 (as of 12-09-14)
Details: Dates show one new photoset or video added each Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sun. 2-3 recycled sets added to the archive each day; total video count remains unchanged.

Company Info

Hywel Phillips
2 Sites Listed
Partner: Restrained Elegance Affiliates

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Restrained Elegance Review by Vanessa Restrained Elegance

Review by Vanessa

Released Dec 3, '13 , Written Nov 25, '13

Restrained Elegance is where bondage meets glamour in now more than over 52,000 images and 160 video shoots from the fetish photography of Hywel Phillips. Members are still promised daily updates and a new video every Wednesday. The images are full-screen quality and the site specializes in "stringent barefoot bondage", with "world-famous bondage models plus glamour and fashion models who discovered their submissive nature on Restrained Elegance". The price of admission is set at $37.95, which then recurs at a lower $29.95 per month thereafter.

The Pros

  Original Bondage Content & Gorgeous Models.

The content is exclusive, but the gorgeous models may be found on other site. It goes to say, that of his models are, indeed, very good looking and he does all sorts of things to them...ties them up with scarves, ropes, or chains, uses nipple clamps and handcuffs on them, and paddles, whips, teases, tickles, and even shocks them. This isn't half-ass bondage either. You'll find everything from "simple rope ties and elegant metal shackles that look almost like jewelry at first glance, through to extreme ultra-stringent shibari- or Japanese- style ropewebs, suspensions, hogties, strappados and heavy metal stocks and manacles." It's very sexy and very serious.

  High Quality Content.

Images look sharp, they are more than full-screen quality and never look overly airbrushed or "faked". Even the videos look spectacular for files with bitrates between 2000k and 4000k (960x544) for older sets and now new HD files that look spectacular.

  Updates Often.

This week alone 4 new image galleries and 2 new videos were added. This kind of constant growth has been happening since the beginning and its nice to see not much has changed. There are currently over 47,360 images and 118 videos in the members area with even more in the archives.

Other Good Stuff:

  • The site design is kept clean and simple. Users get around by using the archives & updates, model index, special features pages, and with the help of a keyword search feature, as well as an advanced search feature.
  • Hywel keeps a good read of a blog on the main member's page. It's more like a news blog, but he also gives members a glimpse of what it's like to shoot some of the scenes, scene locations, etc.
  • Price drops after the first month. I've always liked this set-up as I think it gives users an extra incentive to stick around.

The Cons

  No Model Bios.

For such an interesting and personality-filled site, I'm surprised there isn't more information given about the girls themselves. There is a model index, and each girl has their own page, so I was really hoping to read a little bit about each one.

  Content Rotated Through.

Referencing my past reviews of Restrained Elegance, there is a chance that content is rotated through in order to achieve the daily update schedule.

Minor Negatives:

  • Video formats vary. Some offer MP4 in HD as well as iPod and other times with WMV as well, while others simply offer the WMV. It's not very consistent.
  • The price of admission here is more expensive than most other websites even within this same niche.

Bottom Line

Glamour photography with some bondage & fetish flare to it.

Overall Restrained Elegance is still a nice site for exclusive, high-quality bondage & fetish glamour content that is by no means extreme but rather more imaginative and artistic featuring gorgeous models and a great variety of set-ups. There's an active members forum to check out as well as plenty of bonuses, blogs and scene info. Model bios and more actual site growth would be my hope for the future of this site, but for now it's hard to knock something as unique and good as this.

Site Details

About the Content: 
Beautiful girls in glamour fetish photography and videos. Hywel Phillips goes beyond the norm of bondage, whips and chains, instead creating a story with his models and evoking their raw emotion and helpless beauty.

Download Managers: 
Yes, should work.
Channel Max: 8
Able to pause/resume.
Test Software: IDM

Download Speed: 
Download Mgr: 1.1MB/sec.
Browser: 550KB/sec.
(186MB video, 12Mbps cable internet)

Exclusive Info: 
Advertised: 100% exclusive.
My Opinion: Yes, never seen this content anywhere else. However, some models are well-known bondage models and a few even have their own sites.

File Sizes (HQ): 
JPG = ~900KB
ZIP = ~35MB
MP4 = ~200MB
WMV = ~200MB
(average size, HQ)

HD Video: 
Yes, latest videos.
File Type: MP4
Bit-Rate: 5000k or 3000k
Dimensions: 1920x1080 or 1280x720
Quality: Very nice HD level.

Logging In: 
Only user/pw required.
Saved after closing browser.
Videos don't require pw.
Very easy!

Model Appearance: 
Mostly white models.
Maybe some and semi to pro model types.
Body types from thin to curvy.

Model Info: 
166 models total.
Actual ages unknown, youthful appearance.
Based worldwide.

Other Content: 
Active forum.
Entertaining news blog & archives.
Art galleries.
Blasts from the past.
Bonus movies.

Other Details: 
Screen caps for videos.
User ratings/votes.
Great scene info.

Pic Details: 
Professional level photography.
Little to no airbrushing noticed.
Good lighting, bright colors.
Good mix of indoor/outdoor.

Pic Dimensions (HQ): 
Recent = 6496 x 4872
Archives = 1280 x 853
Sizes vary a little.

Streaming Player: 
Medium Flash player.
On newer videos only.
Can jump ahead immediately.
5-10 second buffer.
Smooth playback.
Average quality.

Updates in Last 7 Days: 
4 new image galleries.
2 new videos.

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