Great review, wittyguy - interesting that you reached the same score as me, but for different reasons.
I actually like the photography and camerawork; for me the cropping, lighting work well and make it atmospheric, and the action is explicit enough for me. But the things I agree with you on - that for me let down what should be a great site, are:
* The lack of variety - it becomes very formulaic;
* The pop shots - as you suggest, this should be something is female-partner-friendly, but the guy finishing on the girl's body or face kind of takes away from the believable atmosphere
Either way, for $10 (half what it was when I joined) it is great value. But if you think the concept could work for you, then I'd suggest trying Joymii - which I preferred.
Most of the above. Normal clothes are great, and really work well - the more casual/relaxed the better. But also semi-roleplay - officewear etc - works too; as does leather and latex when done in a glam, pinup style.
Also love lingerie, but understated, the kind that women would actually wear - the one I wouldn't choose is anything overtly sexy - sexy is the person and how they wear it rather than the clothing itself.
Many thanks for the replies - slutty, as you say, it's not usually my thing but you certainly get what you pay for and it does what it says on the tin so it would be churlish to complain! Certainly most folk will be able to find something from a favourite model there.
Another two things I actually quite like about the site:
* Comments are quite active for models and individual sets/pictures. And often the webmasters and/or photographers contribute.
* They do not focus solely on 18-21 have a fair amount of material from models closer to or above 30 - this works for me.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
- Huge amount of content
- Great TBP price
- Pretty much every well-known US model featured
- Multiple daily updates
- Some well-known glamour photographers
- Most videos have no music
- Members area dated, a bit glitchy
- Advanced search offline
- Zip file names could be more helpful
- Content arguably uninspired
- Fairly short login timeout
I joined Twistys as a snap decision; it's a bit more glam than I usually prefer but it featured a number of models I like and the TBP price of $10 for the first month was too good to refuse.
To login you have to endure both a captcha and some cross-sells, but once there, the members area is fairly uncluttered. It proclaims 3,800 models, 3.4m photos and 100K video clips. I can't confirm this since my own figures were going to be a metric gazillion of each - there is lots of stuff here, going back over a decade. There are typically 3 pictures sets + 2 videos per day, which indicates the size of the site.
However, take the above with a pinch of salt - most picture sets are 100-150 pictures, with zips available, and recent sets from approx the past 3 years go up to 3K size. Similarly most videos are split into 5-8 clips - but you can download the whole scene (anywhere from 10 mins for solo videos to 25 mins for hardcore) as a single file, in sizes up to 720p - again for about 3 years - before then the quality is typically half that.
It does feel slightly dated, though, and is slow to respond - I actually resorted to the public site for browsing models, since it was faster than paging through the model list on the members area. There is a free text search, but no advanced search for finding models by age/hair colour/build etc - it does exist but is broken and has been for some time. This is a shame since it is a necessity on a site this large.
My comment about it featuring models I like - probably applies to everyone here - I wouldn't know where to start when reeling off names, since pretty much every US model is here; along with some of the more popular European and UK models too.
The style is very centrefold glam, such as you'd expect to see in Penthouse etc - the models made up, studio lit with typically sexy lingerie. In some cases it's ordinary; in others it's very good, and Holly Randall - one of the best photographers in the genre - features heavily, as does Tammy Sands, who's work is similar. Also quite a lot from Digital Desire - the soft-focus style is quite distinctive - and most of the UK models featured seem to be shot by APD Nudes, so this site can give you a taste of that also.
Material features full nudity (well, not actually full, depending on your definition; sometimes something stays on, and often - infuriatingly - the high heels) and the majority (not all) feature masturbation, probably roughly evenly split between fully manual and with toys. The focus is largely on solo material - but I'd say - and this is just a rough guess - that maybe 20% is girl-girl, and 10% hardcore. But with the size of the site, that's still a lot if either is something you are after.
This is slightly tricky to score; I found the content a bit uninspiring, as I generally prefer something with a bit more subtlety, or a theme, such as voyeurism - anything that can put me in the scene rather than just looking at a girl posing for the camera. So that's probably why I got more from the videos than the photos here - quite a few feature some fun dirty talk from the models - and almost all of them are devoid of the usual cheesy music track, which was very refreshing.
So if my review seems utilitarian, it's because the site arguably is - it is what it is, a huge site of glam US model content - but with the quantity here there are some good bits and the price is great. If the centrefold style is your thing, this is definitely recommended; for others, you are still likely to find stuff from models you like.
Not many sites show thumbnail previews of all pics in a set - but it is appreciated when they do. But at least showing a few definitely makes a difference. I'm reminded of Stagg Street, which shows 5 thumbnails when browsing through sets rather than just one - even when a member this is very handy.
I joined here on a whim, due to the very good TBP price. It's nothing revolutionary, but it's a solid site with lots of content - my review to follow. But for such a big, high-profile site, the members area is a little disappointing. Page loads are slow and there are frequent errors when loading pages (sometimes have to load 2-3 times to get a page to work).
As noted in a recent review, the advanced search - which is essential for a site of this size - is AWOL, so just paging through the models is the best way to browse. And although you can add photographers as favourites, there doesn't seem to be a way to click through and see all their material.
Granted it's a bit churlish to complain for the price! But a site like this should be more on top of this stuff...
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.
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