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Parsnip (12) 11-06-13  01:44am
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Status: Current Member for over 1 year (at the time of review).
Pros: - All attractive models, mostly well known, although many are now mainstream porn performers without quite the same class.
- Usually avoid models with bad piercings and tattoos, when they do use tattooed models they do a pretty good job of hiding them.
- As far as I can tell, there are no models with breast enhancements.
- Good archive of some of the most beautiful photography I've ever seen.
- Site doesn't seem to time out. When I first joined I stayed logged in for several days while downloading the old material.
- Easy navigation and basic search facilities. All updates are clearly dated.
- Big clear thumbnails on updates & model pages.
- Very active member community, with lots of comments.
- Multiple sizes and resolutions of photos & videos, up to 1080p, although I only ever download the highest.
- Streaming available.
- No logos on films, very small logos on photos.
- All content seems to be exclusive.
- Plenty of material, around 400 films and rather more photo sets.
Cons: - Very slow and unreliable downloads.
- Little variety of models - almost all white, slim, 18 - 25.
- Model bios are a joke, even more so than most sites.
- There has recently been a huge increase in the volume of material, and a great drop in quality control.
- Some photo sets still very good, but an increasing number of out of focus & poorly lit sets.
- The voting is blatantly fiddled, with all updates being posted with large numbers of 10/10 votes
- Comments are pre-moderated, and while they allow through some mild criticism there is much more leeway given to those who follow the party line.
- Over the last year the material has become much more sexually extreme.
Bottom Line: Don't get me wrong, X-Art was good, but there are now serious issues.

It is odd to find a major site as slow and unreliable as this. I never get much more than 200 KBytes/sec (every other site I am on maxes out my internet connection at 2 MBytes/sec), and it often takes several attempts to download. I travel a lot and am home briefly, and often don't manage to download the backlog. There are several films I never have got downloaded - this is using 3 different pcs, 3 different browsers, and several internet connections - I've even tried in hotels (which I don't like doing) with no improvement.

The technical and artistic quality of the films has dropped a lot recently. It has gotten so bad that there are a lot of complaints on the site, but in reality it has been dropping for several months. This isn't just about the bunch of films released that are supposedly HQ but are very pixelated and really very low quality, in general the quality has dropped. Obviously no-one looked at the films before uploading them. There have been several films released with terrible lighting problems, including one that was completely unwatchable due to purple lens flares across the entire image. The film editing has become very basic, and many films don't even end smoothly with a fade to a "the end" screen, the film just stops suddenly 1 second after the action finishes. Clearly much less time is being spent in post-production and no checking is being done at all.

It seems strange that site blog keeps boasting of how quickly they are producing material. They say that large numbers of films & photo shoots are being done in a day, clearly with little preparation. Almost all the updates are produced in one house in Malibu, or one studio in Prague. The same sets are being used over and over, and the updates are clearly being filmed in a few minutes with minimal attention to detail. There is no longer any scene setting, they just put people in front of the camera and make them get on with it. Many films just have one camera from the side doing a longshot, and one from in front doing a close up, and all they do is cut between the two.

The voting is a joke. Many sites pump up the votes a bit, but this site is ridiculous. Updates appear around midnight, and have between 30 and 100 10/10 votes. They give more 10/10 votes to the more extreme material which is what they prefer. It means that the site, rather than the membership, is choosing what is more popular. It also makes the older material, when they didn't do this, seem poorly rated. Members can make up a new name whenever they comment, and I get the feeling that some people are having conversations with themselves, or putting up multiple positive comments for the material they like. There are a suspiciously large number of comments with female names which never appear again, especially on the nastier material. The moderation of the comments is uneven, and it is noticeable, for example, that comments insulting members who don't like anal are allowed through while responses aren't. The pre-moderation and blocking of anything that mentions other sites in a positive light is comical, as Colette recently went onto SexArt to take advantage of their lack of pre-moderation to advertise and try to poach members - when she got a negative response she became very aggressive and made wild allegations. Eventually SexArt, who are very tolerant in their comments, had to remove most of the thread.

The material has become much more sexually extreme, and a significant portion of the recent updates are clearly aimed at the mysoginistic male mainstream porn market. There is a lot of anal now, several DPs and rough looking facials, and the blog shows that this is clearly the direction the site wish to go. A lot of the current material just looks harsh and aggressive and like mainstream porn. Material like this used to attract negative comments, it doesn't any more apart from a couple of sad sounding members. Either the comments are blocked or the old members from the artistic days of a few years ago have left.

X-Art was the benchmark glamcore site. Over the last year or so it has left this behind, and is now marginally upmarket mainstream porn. I say marginally because good mainstream sites wouldn't put up the technically poor films that have been posted recently. If you are coming from regular porn, looking for something that seems a little classy, you may well like it. If you're coming from erotica, and fancy something a little more explicit, or have seen some magazine articles or adverts and are considering porn/glamcore for the first time, SexArt or Joymii would be much more likely to suit. I find little artistic or erotic on here now, and my wife will only watch films if I have checked them out first. My annual membership is coming to an end (it's my second time on the site), and I won't be renewing.

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Thomas20 (2) Thanks Parsnip, this is a useful review.
11-06-13  06:47am

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tangub (155) Another excellent review. I really enjoyed the earliest solo content on this site but the introduction of more and more B/G content meant the site lost it's appeal for me so I don't see myself returning again.
11-06-13  08:03am

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Parsnip (12) REPLY TO #2 - tangub :

Thanks I was a little worried it might come across as too negative and ranty. I don't hate the site I just wish it would be as good as it once was.
11-06-13  12:43pm

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TheSquirrel (53) Congratulations, another very good review from a new member who can write and inform.
11-06-13  08:22pm

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lk2fireone (196) Very useful review. I have been a member of this site several times in the past, haven't belonged for about 6 months.
Sad to hear that the quality has dropped so much.
This site used to be one of my favorite glamcore sites.
The models were almost all great looking girls.

11-07-13  07:54am

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otoh (54) Another great and helpful review. I quite enjoyed this site when I was there - although I usually watch solo, BG material is why I tend to join these heartcore sites, and what I found here was good.

Like you, I did, however, find it let down a little by the lack of variety of models - the vast majority 18-21 slim caucasian girls. But either way, a shame that maybe the quality has gone down since I was there - and especially that they are going for more extreme material.

11-08-13  01:43am

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Tascpl40 (0) Superb review, Parsnip. Well written, perceptive, informative, believable. Let me exaggerate, but only a little -- you're the Leslie Halliwell of the porn-film world.

I'm coming from a similar viewpoint: trying to find material that my partner would enjoy. But I'm a virtual virgin when it comes to paid porn. Started with Abby Winters last week, but am ready to move on. So I need some suggestions.

If you happen to read this, Parsnip, or anyone else, I'm looking for a variety of adult material. Not much, maybe an hour or two of 1080P video in each category, and say, 200 stills. Here are the categories:

1. Under 25, amateur, male-female
With a fairly realistic depiction of how a couple in that age group would normally have sex. Abby Winters failed in that regard because virtually all the Girl-Boy videos appeared to be staged. If it's boring sex for viewers, as it probably would be, that's quite okay. My partner and I want a glimpse of what young people do together. You've probably guessed, we're no longer young.

2. Female orgasm
Real orgasms, please. I know -- how can you tell? Well, actually, there are involuntary physiological indications, but I won't go into that here. Prefer older than 25 because younger than that, as per Abby Winters again, I get the impression they are mostly copying the mannerisms, mouth contortions, yodelling and yelping that they've seen elsewhere. Don't suggest I Feel Myself. That site is definitely out of the running because of the attitude of the owner in responses on this site, and because of his belief that squirting during orgasm is real.

3. Male stills
Tasteful stills featuring good-looking, young, male bodies, solo or partnered with male or female. Erections quite okay, but not much more.

4. Older women
Older meaning up to retirement age, out on a fling, most likely with a younger partner. A fantasy type of thing showing a mature woman enjoying sex.

5. Professional actors staging realistic sex
Hard to describe what I'm looking for here. Combine the best production values out of Hollywood, with actors playing the part of two people having believable sex. Not hard core, but more intimate than what Hollywood could portray. Imagine passionate sex scenes between Rhett and Scarlett, Rick and Ilsa, Charlie Allnut and Rose.

Any suggestions as to suitable sites would be most welcome. I want to avoid sites that are focussed on, or have a preponderance of:

Facial cum shots
Glamorous women who look like they've stepped from the cover of Vogue

The sort of thing that a woman who is feeling sexy with her man would not be turned off by. In case the word "woman" is not clear: your partner, wife, girlfriend, sister, mother, aunt. i.e. an ordinary woman who themselves would definitely not want to be seen in such a video, but who, in private, might enjoy watching a respectful portrayal of another sexy woman.

09-08-14  08:32am

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