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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 Vanessa Restrained Elegance

Review by Vanessa

Released Nov 19, '09 , Written Nov 15, '09

Restrained Elegance is where bondage meets glamour in over 39,727 images and 123 video shoots from the fetish photography of Hywel Phillips. Members are 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 $29.95, which then recurs at a lower $27.95 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, tickes, and even shocks them. This isn't half assed 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, most of the time 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). I've seen sites claiming to have HD quality videos that don't offer quality that sharp!

  Daily Updates.

It's incredible that Restrained Elegance has been able to keep up with a daily update schedule for such a period of time. The amount of thought and effort put into each shoot makes this an even more important detail to point out.

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.

  Video Quality Could Still Be Better.

Although they look great, I would love to see some actual HD quality (1280x720 plus) videos being added. This is not to say the current video quality is bad, per se, I just would love to see full-screen quality videos being added in the future.

Minor Negatives:

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

Bottom Line

Glamour photography with some bondage & fetish flare to it.

Overall Restrained Elegance is 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 HD quality video downloads 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: 500KB/sec.
Browser: 100KB/sec.
(266MB video, 20Mbps 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: 
No HD quality videos.

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: 
135 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 ratins/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: 
No in-browser playback available.

Updates in Last 7 Days: 
7 image galleries.
2 video shoots (1 is a trailer).
(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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