Widget HUD colors are grayed out

Hey guys, it’s my first post here! ^^

I’m developing a 2d sidescroller as part of my assignment and just finished with the finishing touches when my widget HUD colors became totally grayed out whenever I start gameplay, however they look fine in the widget designer. I should probably mention I’m using version 4.22.3 as my university doesn’t have a version higher than that and they won’t be updating anytime soon.
Here are some screenshots of the widget editor and what the HUD looks like during gameplay.

Any suggestions? It’s due for my portfolio show next week… sweat drops