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Restrained Elegance

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This site features the fetish photography of Hywel Phillips. Here he presents high quality softcore bondage pictures of gorgeous babes tied with rope in glamcore settings.

Primary Niche: BDSM
Secondary Niches: All FetishesNude Photography

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Restrained Elegance Review by Maggie Restrained Elegance

Review by Maggie

Released Sep 14, '10 , Written Aug 31, '10

Restrained Elegance is a bondage site featuring beautiful, glamorous models captured in high quality photos and videos. Scroll through the tour and you'll see that this is not your usual bondage site. Forget repetitive studio scenes, Restrained Elegance shoots all over the world, frequently in gorgeous outdoor locations for a dramatically different take on bdsm. Their beautiful slave girls, sacrificial virgins and damsels in distress are all waiting inside.

The Pros

  All exclusive, unique fetish content.

The material on Restrained Elegance is very different from what we typically see on bondage sites. These girls aren't chained to the walls in dark dungeons; they're tied with ropes to a romantic canopy bed or outdoors next to a beautiful lake. That's not to say the action doesn't get a little scary, with girls being chased through the forest or cuffed and gagged by a burglar. There's a nice mix of action in this original collection of bondage scenes.

  Very high quality content.

I was extremely impressed with the quality of the videos and photos here. The first scene I watched was "Making a Run For It" and I couldn't believe how well done it was! The video is super sharp and it's filmed by someone with some actual video skills! The way it is edited makes it look like a real movie. They are shooting in 1920 x 1080 progressive scan HD sized to 1280 x 720 for the newest scenes. These are some beauties that are not to be missed.

The photos are also gorgeous. They've sharp and very well-lit. They're good-sized, at 1600 x 1200 on the site and 6400 x 4800 in zip files. Those are some of the biggest pictures I've ever seen offered on a site!

  Good browse/search features.

It's easy to navigate Restrained Elegance thanks to some helpful user tools. You can view the scenes in the order they were added or the models alphabetically. There's also a keyword search box and advanced search with a category list. The site design is clean and everything is laid out well.

Other Good Stuff:

  • Photos can be downloaded in zip files. Some galleries actually have two different sizes of zip files available.
  • Videos are offered as wmvs and mp4s in two quality settings.
  • Quick downloads! Using the browser I got speeds of 4.5mbps while using a download manager the videos cam in at 6.2mbps. No waiting needed for these scenes!
  • The site is updated daily. It looks like most days are a photo update and a new video is added once a week.

The Cons

  Rotating content.

Content here is being rotated on and off. Restrained Elegance has been around since 2001 and we first reviewed it in 2006. However, there's nothing on the site from before 2007. They try to keep around 30-40 GB of content available to members at all times. Content is then removed and sometimes re-encoded to be added again at a later date. That means that they site won't actually be getting much bigger and some updates will be repeats.

  Older scenes not quite as sharp.

There's a slight drop-off in quality when you go back in the collection. Photos are "only" 1200 x 800 in size. The videos aren't quite as sharp and you get wmvs and Real vids instead of wmvs and mp4s. Since the collection only dates back to 2007, you don't get quite the quality drop-off that you would see in other 10 year old sites, but there's still a subtle change.

Minor Negatives:

  • Not all of the models have biographies. Most don't.

Bottom Line

The high quality content and beautiful scenes make the site stand out.

I thoroughly enjoyed Restrained Elegance and was very impressed with this site that seems to be doing everything right. The quality here is excellent and the scenes are very, very sexy. The site is user-friendly and the daily updates make it worth the price of $30 a month. This is a really unique site within the bdsm niche and it really stands out for its more artistic angle and high quality work. Restrained Elegance is definitely a site I'd recommend to bondage fans.

Site Details

About the Content: 
Exclusive high quality photos and videos of beautiful models in strict bondage.

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

Download Speed: 
Download Mgr: 6.2MB/sec.
Browser: 4.5MB/sec.
(55MB video, 50Mbps cable internet)

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

File Sizes (HQ): 
JPG = ~210KB
ZIP = ~245MB
WMV = ~50MB
MP4 = ~65MB
Real = ~250MB
(average size, HQ)

HD Video: 
Yes, latest videos.
File Type: MP4 and MOV
Bit-Rate: 6000k
Dimensions: 1280x720
Quality: Sharp, high quality.

Live Cams: 
No free live cam shows.

Logging In: 
Only user/pw required.
Videos don't require pw.

Model Appearance: 
Mostly white models.
Mostly amateur-looking.
Body types from thin to athletic.

Model Info: 
154 models total.
Ages 18-30.
Mostly European-based.

Other Content: 

Other Details: 
No music in most videos.
Members can rate scenes.

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

Pic Dimensions (HQ): 
Recent = 1600 x 1200
Archives = 1280 x 853
Zipped = 6480 x 4856
Sizes vary a little.

Streaming Player: 
No in-browser playback available.

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

Re-Review Status
Review Completed

New review has been completed on Jan 7, 2015 and will be released in less than a week.
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