To apply this foundation, I like to start with Smashbox's Radiance Primer. It keeps the foundation from looking dull and lifeless. Once the primer has been applied and has time to settle in, I apply the foundation directly to my face. I like to start with a light hand and then go over any spots I missed. When I am done with that and under eye concealer, I use a wet Real Techniques beauty blender all over my face to give the foundation a less cake-y feel.
Some makeup enthusiasts might argue that matte foundations do not work for women with dry skin. I think if you use a primer or moisturize well, it will not be an issue. Overall, I think the foundation lends a really polished look to skin, is comfortable to wear and its size makes it easy to throw in a makeup bag and use on a regular basis.
I wear the shade Santa Fe, which is a medium shade with peachy undertones. NARS does a good job of being inclusive of women of color in their shade range. Their foundation shades are all named after geographical locations, which makes it easy to remember your shade and find it again in store, rather than trying to remember a shade number.