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otoh (54) 09-01-12  12:24pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Many very attractive models
- Sensual hardcore scenes and solo
- Mix of European and US models
- Great photography and videography
- Good update schedule - 3 per week
- Login doesn't time out
- Material improving in terms of quality and creativity
Cons: - $=£ regional pricing
- Short on ethnic diversity
- Likewise for ages - most models are very young
- A few anal scenes, not really my thing
- Likewise for group
- Basic browsing/searching facilities
- Could do with a just little more tease
- Arguably a bit formulaic
- Not all videos and photosets correspond
Bottom Line: I've never really been much into hardcore; but following an enjoyable join at Joymii, this new-fangled artcore genre is growing on me (something is growing, anyway) - although a bit idealised, I like the portrayal of sharing sex between couples - and taken with a pinch of salt, I find it very arousing.

So I figured I'd take advantage of a good offer I received and try it out.... speaking of which, I'll get the main negative out of the way. This seems to have joined the ranks of sites who think that $1=£1; so the price for those of us in the UK is about 60% higher. I'm skirting over this since the offer I received seemed to work in $, but UK/Euro users may want to try joining via eg Tunnelbear.

The basic stats of the site:
* Approx 150 models
* Approx 300 photo sets, dating back to 2008, approx 60 shots in each, in zips, up to 4K
* Approx 200 videos, from 2009, approx 10-15 mins, in combinations of WMV/MPEG/MOV, up to 1080

The look of the site is clean and modern, but the navigation is fairly basic; there is a model index; then just a list of updates, either all in one page, just all videos, or browsing all updates by theme: GB/GG/Group/Solo. They have enough material here to invest in a bit more ease of use; but it's nothing to complain too much about. Clicking into each gallery allows you to rate and comment on the gallery, which is a nice touch - although there are plenty of daft ones there.

The sites's tagline - and the theme - is Beautiful erotica, which I guess sums it up; hardcore sex, but more tender, realistic and creatively/artfully shot than regular porn sites. Actually, looking at the earlier material, they seem to have started out largely with solo photoshoots - I found them a bit clinical and dull, but they have got into their stride - it's good to see a site where the material is getting better as opposed to going downhill like so many.

It's very, very similar to Joymii - I think Joymii started afterwards so I suspect it borrowed heavily from X-Art - imitation and flattery, etc. It is therefore very easy to compare the two; so I'll expand on a few differences/similarities:

* Models: both sites have a mix of US and European models; many popular girls appear there, and there is large overlap between the two. But X-Art focuses more on the 18-21 range; I prefer a slightly broader range, but either way they are all stunning.

* The photography and videography in both are without fault. However, I find a little more creativeness in Joymii's camera angles, colour and sets; X-Art's sets are a bit over-idealised, tropical cabanas and the like. OTOH, some recent videos at X-Art have a bit more of a story - although there's no dialog, they have lent it a very cinematic feel, which is interesting and adds to the atmosphere. In particularly a couple of voyeuristic scenes which - with the subjects implied consent/collusion, is very exciting - more of this please!

* Each site has a fairly similar split of solo, girl/girl and girl/boy material; all of which works for me, although I'm more interested in the actual sex scenes here. X-Art goes a bit further with some group sex scenes and also some anal; neither of which really work for me.

* Joymii has the better site design (over-AJAXing it notwithstanding); I also like the fact that all updates are paired - one photo set and one video per scene. Many videos on X-Art don't have matching sets.

* Both sites could do with just a bit more of an element of tease. The clothes come off just a bit too quickly, and whereas I can understand they don't want to feature girls dolled up in tawdry lingerie, some more undressing wouldn't go amiss.

Overall, this is a great site; and although possibly one of the originals, it is good that other sites in the genre - as listed in Elephant's post on the forum - are keeping it on it's toes - some of the newer material there has very high production values to keep them in the running. I slightly preferred Joymii, but purely as a matter of personal taste; so I'll score this only slightly lower - but it loses another point or two for heavily biased regional pricing!

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TheSquirrel (53) Great review Otoh, would be worth joining except for the no no of regional discrimination. My money goes elesewhere.
09-01-12  03:25pm

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elephant (67) Very Nice review otah, glad you enjoyed the site, sorry to hear about the regional pricing, you can get the site via epoch shop for £13.20 for a month.

Yeah it would be great if they added some older women too, finding the models over 30 would be harder but would be great.

Love to see Veronica Avluv and Julia Ann with one of the younger models in a lesbian movie or a threesome shot in this beautiful style.

You thought of some really good points here though in your review.

09-02-12  02:21am

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tangub (155) Very odd regional pricing....the X-Art site says £19.95 (GBP) but when I click through to the CCBill join page it's £13.30 (GBP) or $19.95 (USD). Perhaps they haven't yet informed CCBill of their intentions to rip off UK customers.
09-02-12  02:44am

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Denner (235) Fine review - and it's a pretty good site, I agree.
But as a serious opponent to regional pricing - this site does ok, when I'm going for join:
And that goes for both Euro and British currency..like it's $ 19.95 which I get from Europe, too - and can choose others - but they all add up to approx. the same amount as in US Dollars...the $19.95.

09-02-12  09:40am

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otoh (54) REPLY TO #1 - TheSquirrel :

Thanks for the reply - didn't mean to lean so heavily on the regional pricing issue! As tangub and denner have noted, although they state £20, they do not seem to be following through on the CCBill page - so it's definitely worth a join.
09-02-12  03:07pm

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otoh (54) REPLY TO #2 - elephant :

Seeing as over 30 js regarded as mature (and I don't feel remotely mature!) I guess we have to go elsewhere for them - I'd be tempted to join Pure mature if there were more natural girls there.

Meantime, I'd be happy with more girls in the 22-30 range; there are a few more at Joymii and perhaps at Babes network.

09-02-12  03:12pm

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rearadmiral (384) Great review! I'm a big fan of this site and find it almost perfect as it is. I do agree that there could be more tease. I'm sure that the regional pricing issue is like a slap in the face to non-NA customers and I wonder why sites do that...
09-03-12  05:08pm

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otoh (54) REPLY TO #7 - rearadmiral :

Thanks for the comment, RA - glad you like this site too. I might take a short break from the artcore genre, but next on my list is Babes network - will do a review as and when I join...
09-03-12  11:36pm

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