This site is currently not accepting new members - presumably in preparation for the switch to being managed by Met Art? I'm hoping that's soon - I'm quite a fan and as I am a long-term member at TLE, I can join any other network site for $10 :)
Interestingly, Holly's other sites, like Holly Core and Forever Vamp are still taking members - there is some overlap in the material here with her main site so I wonder what is/isn't happening with these?
Thanks for the reply, Cap'n. I agree the regional pricing is a scam! But I am pragmatic and if I can get around it, I will do to join a site I am interested in. I would not have joined the site if I had to pay the full £ price, though.
Thanks for this review - this is a site on my radar, and has some models I like. A shame about the download limits! It's really annoying when sites make it more difficult for you. Especially when the folks who would share the files illegally a) would generally be able to avoid these hurdles (directly downloading all pics via a DM); or b) of course just not care about the warning anyway :|
I don't mind if the sites are relevant and discounts are offered. I was recently subscribed at babes.com and on one hand, they rather annoyingly tried to cross sell stuff each time you logged in. But on the other, once logged in, they had only some discreet ads, and a separate page listing all their linked offers - some good ones - which is OK.
This certainly isn't meant to be a generalisation; but like some others, I suspect that statistically, women are less interested in porn than men. And those that are, prefer different genres; eg written rather than visual.
Having said that, I'm always enthused to see female members here, and very much value their opinion - chatting with girls about porn is both fun and enlightening, so although it is rare, it is definitely appreciated.
Definitely works for me! Sure it can be cliched, and is especially contrived when used in the more mainstream US porn. But I like smut with a theme or angle and the whole secretary or nerdy girl thing is definitely exciting.
As with most others, I'll look over most reviews. Maybe if there are plenty of recent ones I won't bother, but if not, I'll definitely read the archived ones. Most sites tend to stick with what works, so there is often not much difference, even from a couple of years or more ago.
I find all my news online, but as far as reading goes, I too prefer actual paper novels. I'm not holding out against ereaders so deliberately - I think they are great tools and if I travelled more I would get one to avoid carting books around, and being able to have more than one to hand. But as it is, I'm happy with books, and I can easily loan them to friends.
Thanks RA - it's a good site and I'd be interested to read your take on it. I'm not sure about the DM issue - IIRC that the link you click on to download then redirects to a CDN - something that DTA wasn't able to follow and just downloaded the placeholder file.
Other DMs may work? I wasn't really bothered since I have fast download speeds, but my connection is arguably capped so it's nice to use a DM to download out of hours (which doesn't count toward my cap).
Thanks for another great review, tangub :) This had long been on my list due to the diversity of models; but it is a shame that diversity doesn't extend to age. I certainly don't mind the 18-21 group, but would get bored if the whole site was centred on it. Still, one to keep an eye on!
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
- Good interface, easy to navigate
- Good quality videos
- Pictures decent size and well compressed
- (Almost) daily updates - photos and videos
- Photos and videos come in matching sets
- Plenty of undressing
- Camera angles
- No anal (a plus for me!)
- Some videos have music track throughout - no voice - others have bland music
- $=€=£ regional pricing (use TunnelBear to sign up)
- DMs don't work on videos
- Captcha on login
- Some fake boobs and tans (but not too many)
- Short login timeout
- Bit too much of the guy finishing himself off
- File naming a bit off
Although I generally prefer softcore sites, I have grown fond of the kind of tender, sharing, intimate and realistic (if somewhat idealised) sex scenes that the relatively new heartcore genre presents, and babes.com was next on my list to join.
Signup is relatively easy, but with the following caveats:
a) signup and cancel is through their own billing, not CCBill etc
b) they are a proponent of the grossly biased $=€=£ regional pricing setup - eg $20 in the US, £20 in the UK, over 50% more, but I am pragmatic and this is avoided with TunnelBear
c) You need to enter a captcha to log in
d) After which they do try to cross-sell to you other sites
But with that in mind, the site is nice, clean and easy to use when you get there.
The site has been around for about a year and updates with one scene daily - both a video and pictures, a setup which I quite like. During my membership this actually changed to 5 per week rather than 7 - but there's still quite a lot of material, about 300 sets & videos with approx 50/30/20 split between couples, solo and girl-girl scenes.
There is the usual browsing by videos, photos and models; and when going into a scene you get:
- For pictures, a browser-based slideshow, and download of approx 100 pics at a fairly respectable 2.5k
- For videos, a responsive streaming player, and downloads in 4 sizes up to 1080p (I went for 720 and they look very good)
Each model/set/video page also has user comments, and you can follow/like them within the site, and - if you are suitably unashamed of your smut proclivities - do so on FB, twitter and the like.
Most models are American, with some popular girls such as Malena Morgan, Lexi Belle and Hayden Winters; and some of the popular European models like Connie and Ariel. Not much ethnic diversity, although there are some nice latina and asian models; but there is a fairly broad range of ages, including some lovely milf-type models like Nikki Daniels and India Summer.
The theme here, as I suggested, is heartcore - like Joymii, X-Art etc, the focus is on couples scenes, but done in a loving, sharing way. The previous reviewer made some good points, but I think was a little unfair in criticising it for not being hardcore enough - you wouldn't join it if you wanted facials, DP and other more typical porn-y content. The scenes are fairly explicit, though, with closeups of penetration and oral sex, so it does deliver on that front.
That said, it's not without its issues. A commenter suggested that this is what Digital Desire would be if it did hardcore - and it's spot on. The girls are beautiful, the scenes are dreamy and idealised, the focus is soft and videos start with mood music, which fades out about a third of the way in to the sounds of the action. (The music is a particular peeve, actually - if you look at the previews, they have some good, brave choices of interesting music; this does not carry over to the actual videos which have more insipid/nondescript soundtracks which they would be better off without).
And, Like Digital Desire, they are fairly formulaic. It's not a bad formula, but most scenes (or at least the couples ones, which I was most interested in) play out the same way; the guy slowly undresses the girl, there's oral from both of them, there's sex with him and her on top. It's good, and well done, but could do with a bit more variety - and ideally, within the constraints of the genre, a bit more raunchiness.
But conversely, they have hung onto some porn tenets that don't really fit the genre. In far too many scenes, the girl ends up naked, apart from the high heels - I quite like heels in a pinup or glam context, but if I'm trying to imagine a realistic encounter, the shoes would definitely go! And similarly, in almost all cases the guy pulls out and finishes on the girl's belly/boobs/ass - again, there's definitely a time and place for a prominent pop shot but it does take away from the believability of the scene. Also see my comment about photoshopping - wholly unnecessary in the genre.
Despite my misgivings, this is still a good site in the heartcore genre and there's plenty of good material. If I were in the US, I would score this maybe 85 or 86; but there is no excuse for their heinous regional pricing policy, which has to cost them at least a couple of points.
But, pricing issues aside, Joymii remains my favourite - they are more creative with scenes, camerawork, and manage a bit more raunch while still being a bit artsy and trendy.
I said barefoot, but it depends on the context. I like heels and especially boots, but only in a more glam/pinup or tease context. If there is actual sex going on, then barefoot (or stockings) is the way!
Welcome and thanks for this review. I'm also currently a member here and will be adding a review shortly - I'm not quite as critical as you (the site is more of a heartcore one so it's unfair to compare with eg Brazzers) but agree that it does have some shortcomings.
Hi messmer - good review as always! I loosely plan to subscribe to a Japanese site sometime - but I suspect you are right in saying that this may not be under Japanese control, due to the uncensored content - there is probably more original content in sites that show censored content.
If you are after more mature Japanese girls, then DTI has one, I think - among many others (a couple are listed here such as 1pondo.tv and Caribbean com), I think it is Paco Paco Mama. May be worth you asking for it to be listed here.
Hi tangub - thanks for the tip here. This is a site on my list - the broad range of models they seem to have is quite appealing and some of the sets look fun. But it seems like the kind of site that would have somewhat dull videos anyway (?) so the lack thereof wouldn't be a deal-breaker. Either way, look forward to your review!
I would imagine much the same. On one hand, there does seem an increase in puritan ideals, in some parts of the US and elsewhere; but hopefully it is balanced by more sex-positive attitudes and that balance should be reflected in legislation.
The only thing that worries me is that they will use issues such as underage porn (and underage viewing of porn!) as ammunition to crack down on online civil liberties in general. It's easily to whip folk up into a mob mentality with that sort of thing.
I agree that Joymii has something that the others may be missing. I've been loosely tempted by Sex Art, especially as there are some tempting offers as I am currently a member of TLE... but it does strike me as slightly artsy nonsense :) Not that's necessarily a bad thing - but still, not always what one is after. Babes is OK - a little formulaic and very similar to Digital Desire, just with hardcore - a review will follow.
Interesting that you mention the jarring when seeing the same model with different partners - one one hand the whole porn thing is a suspension of disbelief, so it doesn't bother me quite as much. But on the other, one of my favourite models is Connie/Josephine - apart from her quite jaw-dropping figure, she only seems to do hardcore with the same guy; I guess they are partners and to me it shows, and makes the scenes considerably more believable.
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