Formatting Bullets - Color won't change

I found many discussions regarding bullets, but didn't come across one that addressed my same issue. Hoping there's an easy fix for what I'm running into...I feel like I must be missing something obvious! 

My bullets refuse to change color when I change the color of the text. The only way I've found to change the bullet color is to go into the Bullet and Numbering properties; however, when I change the color there, it's increasing the space between the bullets and the text, which I don't want. Any ideas on how to simply change the color of the bullets without changing the spacing would be much appreciated!

 

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