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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), 4500k, 1920x1080 (downloadable)
Format #2: Flash (in-browser), bit unknown, 768x432 (streaming)
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 Maggie Restrained Elegance

Review by Maggie

Released Jan 11, '15 , Written Jan 7, '15

Restrained Elegance features "the finest bondage photos and bondage videos in the world." The erotic fetish photography site offers beautiful models in sexy rope bondage, captured in super high quality pictures and videos. They've been keeping members happy since 2001, and over the years they've stayed at the top of their game for quality and stayed true to their niche.

The Pros

  Exclusive niche material.

These are all exclusive scenes featuring beautiful models in bondage. Hywel's fine art bondage keeps things classy, with artistic photography techniques and tasteful poses that equate to a very erotic fetish experience. There is full nudity, but it doesn't get terribly kinky. The fun comes from the intricate rope bondage and sexy themes and scenarios you find throughout.

  High quality content.

I was impressed with just how big and sharp the photos and videos are. The images are offered in sizes up to 6400 x 4800! These pictures are huge and beautiful. The videos are also nicely done, with the latest scenes offered as 1080p high definition movies. Quality is definitely a big strength of this site.

Other Good Stuff:

  • Updates come often. This week alone saw 7 galleries and 1 new video, keeping the site growing at a great pace.
  • Photos can be downloaded in zip files in two image sizes.
  • Videos can be streamed in browser using Flash and downloaded, typically in the newer scenes as mp4s in two quality settings.
  • There are some helpful tools for getting around the site, including a model index, advanced category search, and a keyword search.

The Cons

  Older videos aren't HD, not a large video collection.

Restrained Elegance has just 132 movies online, not nearly what I would expect from a site that has been up for 14 years. Additionally, the older scenes are not HD. They still look good, just don't come expecting a massive HD collection.

Minor Negatives:

  • The first month's membership is expensive, at $40. Thankfully after that it drops to $30.
  • Video formats vary. As you go back in the collection, you'll find wmvs and real files instead of mp4s.
  • There are no model biographies.

Bottom Line

A very high quality collection of exclusive glamour bondage scenes.

Restrained Elegance continues to impress, with a high quality collection of exclusive niche scenes. Glamour fans will enjoy this artistic take on bondage, and anyone can appreciate these high quality photos and videos! There are a few areas where the site could upgrade, but if you make it past that initially expensive month, I think you'll find plenty to love about Restrained Elegance.

Site Details

About the Content: 
Downloadable exclusive photos and videos of glamour and fetish models in bondage scenes.

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

Download Speed: 
Download Mgr: 1.7MB/sec.
Browser: 800KB/sec.
(200MB video, 40Mbps cable internet)

Exclusive Info: 
Advertised: 100% exclusive.
My Opinion: Yes, these are original scenes you won't find anywhere else.

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, high quality.

Live Cams: 
No free live cam shows.

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

Model Appearance: 
Mix of white and ethnic models.
Mostly amateur-looking.
Body types from thin to average.

Model Info: 
152 models total.
Ages 18-30.
Mostly U.S. based.

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.

Pic Details: 
Professional level photography.
Little to no airbrushing noticed.
Good lighting, bright colors.

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.
Good quality.

Updates in Last 7 Days: 
7 image galleries.
1 full video episode.
(on par with previous updates)

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