Current Member for over 1 month (at the time of review).
- Daily updates
- Good range of models
- Good streaming player that lets you skip in the movie easily
- High production values; great photography and videography
- Genuinely erotic; interesting scenarios
- Browse by model and photographer - and all updates dated
- Transparent preview - you can see what you will be getting
- Attractive outfits and lingerie
- Music is overdone on some videos
- Some sets too big
- Limited search (there's a keyword search, but no browsing by age/hair/ethnicity etc)
- Some very low light sets
- Archive material is uninspired
- Regional pricing bias (but easily avoidable)
The Life Erotic is a site which has been on my radar for a while now... I had been put off in the past by the comments and reviews, which made it seem uninspiring. But when browsing through some TGP sites I visit to keep er, abreast of what's around, the shots from TLE are always the ones which grab my attention more than any others, by being atmospheric and interesting... so I eventually got round to trying it.
It's tricky to review, as it's almost two different sites, having changed direction about a year ago - and tangub's review very accurately reflects the site it was, before then. The pre-2012 material is very lacking in inspiration - a few raunchy photo sets, with the model masturbating or opening her pussy - but they are cookie-cutter softcore glam and the others are dull, Met-Art style posed beauty shots, with little atmosphere or erotic appeal. The videos are sometimes more raunchy, with some masturbation - but in most cases they are ruined by insipid music drowning out any sound of the model, and with it any atmosphere.
But then it becomes exactly the site I've been looking for. A surprise, as it's part of the Met Art network, the main site of which I find a bit dull - TLE uses some of the same photographers and models, but here, free of the constraints of their absolutely-no-naughty-business rules, they shine. This is the site Met Art should be, and it's telling that almost all the material I have downloaded is from this more recent face of the site; which defines it as largely solo (occasional girl-girl) nudity and masturbation.
* The models - mostly European, some American, some South American - many I have not seen elsewhere, but some popular models. Ages up to late 20s which works for me as I find most younger models unable to carry off real seductiveness; there are also a fair number of unshaved models too, which is my preference. A quick scan through the models list shows approx 400 here.
* Atmosphere - most sets here are subtly lit, with no glaring studio lights. Some sets feature models in attractive, casual clothes - which come off to various degrees, but generally enough to see everythng. Others feature nice, sophisticated lingerie... which again, luckily, comes off.
* Sets - no faux-lux neo-regency stuff here. Sets are in a variety of locations, from subtle indoor shoots, to abandoned buildings - all of which let credence to the scenario.
* The level of explicitness - none of this artiness comes at the expense of detail. Many sets and videos feature explicit masturbation; some with toys and often closeups which most photographers manage to do here in some detail but without it seeming gynecological.
* Quality - videos are available in a few sizes and formats up to 1080p. Photos likewise - the upper resolution depends on the photographer and is up to 5K; otherwise they all have 2K and 1K.
* Daily updates, probably 1 in 3 or 4 of which are movies. Prior to 2012, they were maybe half as frequent. So very roughly - 2012 onwards, 300 photo sets + 100 videos; prior to that, maybe 400 photo sets + 100 videos.
Some things I didn't like:
* Some of the newer videos are still ruined by daft music. Don't do it!
* Some sets are just too dark, and there's little detail to be seen - and I suspect many PUers' tolerance will be lower than mine.
* Some sets are huge, both in terms of number of images, and in file sizes - I like tightly edited sets and too many here are over 100 pics. Some zips are 500Mb which is daft - even at 5K they could be compressed more aggressively. When the next option is 50Mb of 2K pics, I want something in between.
* Some scenarios miss the mark; but it's good they are experimenting a bit...
The scenarios being the most important part of the site. They are inventive and creative; many have some kind of story to them and it makes them both more voyeuristic and believable - without eschewing action. Some videos I liked include the model:
...In an abandoned building, eating an apple, letting the juice run down her as she masturbates
...Walking into an hold house, getting vaguely ghostly echoes of a past occupant... then reenacting it by masturbating
... Returning home to find a note left by a secret admirer... getting worked up over it, and masturbating
...Getting dressed up for a night out... then getting a text cancelling it, proceeding to undress, and masturbating
...Shaving per pussy with a bowl of warm water... then gulping more from a jug, letting it spill from her mouth onto her breasts while masturbating
...Chatting on IM with a lover... him suggesting she undress... which she does, and proceeds to masturbate on cam
There is a recurring theme there - and many of the videos come with matching sets, so the photos are as good and explicit.
This site genuinely earns it's name and is recommended for erotica fans; and to help emphasise the new direction of it, I have given it the benefit of the doubt by basing my score largely on that aspect.
Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
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Daily updates since 6th December 2011 usually 6 photo sets and 1 video per week, prior to December was updating 4 times per week
Currently 423 photo sets and 114 movies online
Photos offered in 3 sizes, 1024px, 2048px and the largest size varies quite widely from around 3000 to 5000+ pixels on the long side.
Zip downloads offered in each size.
Several video options including HD 1080p MP4s, WMV, AVI, mobile downloads and Flash Streaming
Model info provided
Lots of non exclusive content
Those looking for anything other than softcore solo content will find little of interest here apart from a handful of lesbian photo sets/videos
Some older vids donít look HD quality
Most videos contain music backing track
No file sizes listed for zips or video options
No scene description or preview for videos, all you get is 1 thumbnail picture to decide if you want to download a scene.
Some small photo sets, only 30-40 photos
A lot of models only have 1 or 2 updates
As a current member of Met Art I was able to add a membership here for less than $12 so couldnít resist the chance to see whatís on offer here for that kind of price. The Life Erotic claims to be a nude art site with an erotic explicit edge to it. The archive here goes back to May 2009 so thereís a little over two and a half years worth of content already online.
The models here tend to be a little older than the nubile teens you will find at Met or MPL, most here according to the ages given in their model info tend to be early to mid 20s. Youíll find quite a few established models who have been around for years such as Ariel, Eve Angel, Nella, Lucky and Peaches to name a few.
The navigation is fairly basic with the usual options to browse by updates, images, movies or via an A to Z model index. No other categories or options to search the models by age, location or breast size etc as far as I could see.
My primary interest in any site is always the photo collection and I must admit as I browsed through the collection here I was struggling to see the erotic and explicit side that they promised in much of it. Admittedly they do have a few sets that contain some pussy play, toy use and even a couple of fetish wear and light bondage theme sets but 90% of the photo sets I would say are not much different to the kind of content you would find at Met Art or MPL Studios. Take todayís update of Nika N, 120 photos and not even a decent spread shot, Thursdayís update of Kira, 55 photos standing against a rock face, barely a glimpse of her pussy. Where is the erotic or explicit in that?
Many of the videos however do contain a little more erotic action with many of them featuring some masturbation and toy use. The wmv files I downloaded came in at 1280 x 720 @ 4128 kbps and mostly looked pretty sharp. Average run time of videos is usually between 5 and 10 minutes and overall they look professionally shot with decent lighting and camera work. All the videos Iíve watched so far have a musical backing track to them.
The most disappointing aspect for me was the amount of non exclusive content I recognised from other sites. Anyone who has had a membership to the old Eve Angel solo site will instantly recognise some of her content here as Exotics4me mentioned in a recent comment. Thereís also stuff here Iíve previously downloaded from Teen Dreams, Viv Thomas, even some old licensed content seen on Eurobabez that must be nearly 10 years old and my initial excitement on discovering the model named Elise here is actually Young Legal Pornís Gloria soon turned to disappointment when I realised her sets here are the same ones I already downloaded from YLP. Thereís also a lot of content here carrying the Walter Bosque copyright mark and although Iíve never had a membership at Walter Bosque Art a quick browse of the tour there would indicate that there seems to be some duplication of sets between the two sites.
Overall some nice content and canít really complain too much for the $12 it cost but 79 is the best score I can give for a site padded out with so much non exclusive content.
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Following my recent glowing review, this site continues to impress with its creative scenarios, great photography and atmospheric, high-production-values videography. Eg:
* I just found an older update in which the model sneaks off to a secluded location somewhere; laughs off and ignores an incoming call from a presumed boyfriend, and starts to enjoy herself. Later on, the phone rings again and she proceeds to use it to masturbate with in some detail (presumably the vibrating ring was on...)
* A recent video was titled 'Sex Art' - I figured they were just copping out and reusing a video from sister site Sex Art. As it happens, the video showed the model on bed with a laptop, watching a Sex Art video - then getting aroused and reenacting the blowjob she was watching with a dildo. Toys generally aren't my thing - but, like close-ups - here they manage use them without being run of the mill porn.
This is proper, erotic stuff that's both explicit yet still evocative. Recommended!
I joined this site only after a promo email from Met-Art. The Life Erotic claims to be a nude art site with an erotic explicit edge to it yet more than half of the videos downloaded showcased models posing for video vice explicit erotic edge.
Every video observed has a musical track in the background which is generally alright for soft-core modeling. In my opinion, I should hear the model only. She is gratifying herself.
My primary interest of late in most sites is the photo collection. I break the photos down between portrait and landscape view then showcase them as you would ďnormalĒ photos you see in any house. I agree with Tangub; I do not see the erotic and explicit side that is advertised.
I had joined this site after a promo email from Met-Art. The content, while mostly exclusive, isn't exclusive as a whole. I couldn't put a number on the amount of exclusive scenes since I don't collect all these models, but I can give some examples that may explain why the one member review here talks about technical issues with the photo and video quality.
On Eve Angel's content here on The Life Erotic, at least 6 of the 12 sets they have of Eve are from the old Eve Angel site, including a set, Eve drinking milk and pouring it on her body, that dates back to 2004. That photo and video set and the old stairs set (listed as Stairway to Heaven on Eve's old site) from Eve's site were released as exclusive on The Life Erotic. And both were released on The Life Erotic in 2011. Both of these sets are 6-7 years old.
They are posted as HD, where as the original ones were on Eve's site in 640x480 resolution. That could be where the problems with the video is coming from that the previous reviewer noticed.
So, check the model list and the available sets before thinking you're going to get content of a favorite model that you don't have. Overall, the site's not bad at all. They do have some really nice models I haven't seen before, but there was a letdown when I went to get some "new" Eve content only to find out it's up to 7 years old, repackaged as new and exclusive. This would be easier to look over if they didn't have a banner across the top of those sets that says "Exclusive".
Just noticed this one as a new artsy softcore listing at TBP and I glanced at the site. The place looks small with only about 25 scenes by my count but it claims to have 1080p HD video downloads and lifesize (4300 pixels) photos. The price looks reasonable at $20 a month and they promise multiple weekly updates but from the tour I couldn't tell how frequently they occur. Also the pic galleries seem to contain fewer than 40 shots per set which is a bit small by my standards. Now I'm just waiting to see who will take the plunge first and post a review on this one.
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